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The Neon Rain

by James Lee Burke (Author)

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Series: Dave Robicheaux (1)

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Neon Rain. James Lee Burke. 1987. This is the first Dave Robicheaux novel. It was great to read it, as it explains events that were mentioned in the later novels. He and Clete are not close like they are in the other novels, but Robicheaux has the same nightmares about Vietnam, the same Catholic world view and the same problems with alcohol, and the same sense of honor and justice that makes him determined to right wrongs he can. Very good ( )
  judithrs | Oct 28, 2013 |
Gets pretty violent but classic Burke. ( )
  ecw0647 | Sep 30, 2013 |
Dave Robicheaux is a lieutenant on the New Orleans P.D.

He observes the body of a young black woman while he is fishing. He tries to get the local authorities to investigate but they aren't interested in looking into the details of a young black woman's death many years ago. Things were like this in Louisiana years ago.

However, Dave's stirring up the pot has made one gang member concerned and he puts a hit on Dave's life. This gang member is into the distribution of drugs and dealing with prostitution.

Dave comes into contact with a young agent from the bureau of alcohol and narcotics. The gang capture Dave and force feed him liquor then put him behind the wheel of his car and stage an accident. The young agent dies and it looks like Dave has fallen off the wagon.

James Lee Burke writes in a lyrical manner and sets the tone for Dave's defense of the poor and defenseless. Clete Purcel also shows glimpses of his future friendship to Dave and his loyalty.

This is a wonderful novel and start to a new mystery series. ( )
  mikedraper | Sep 16, 2013 |
My, how masculine. What's the fun in talking to someone when you can punch them? Why just leave when you can set the place on fire?

Dave Robicheaux is a hard-boiled cop in New Orleans - if he were in Miami he could tag along with Don Johnson. I guess I'm 20 years late to the party. While it was interesting to hear about the city as it was, this is a gritty story with an unlikable hero. Of course, the first woman he meets falls over herself to be with him (despite the shooting, molestation, and overall culture of violence). Now that I've read some kicking female writers, this stuff is just absurd.

Anyway. James Lee Burke does have a way with descriptions, and I've heard so much in praise of his New Orleans I'll probably give him another shot ( )
  tulikangaroo | Jul 8, 2013 |
Grimey. Captures life in the seventies New Orleans quite well, complete with the corruption and racial contempt. At times this doens't match the occasionally flowery language.

Dave Robicheaux is a black Leutenant in the New orleans police. He mostly enjoys his joba dn is realistic enough to know since his first wife left him, that it is a demanding calling. He's also been ry for the last few years. Just about all the cliche's in one hit for a policeman. During a rare weekend off fishing, he discovers a body floating in the weeds - a young formerly pretty black girl. The local force quickly chalk it up as another druggie drowning, but Dave digs a little deeper and stirs up the interest of the local arms dealers. Despite his friends and relations (brother) with the mob contacts, these characters have little compunction about casual violence and use almost any means to keep their dirty game going. Dave isn't impressed, and sets out to single handedly clean up New Orleans. Fortunetly his Capatin is a decent guy who stands by him.

I never really enagaged with this. New Orleans is always a somewhat exotic location and there are a lot of assumptions about local culture that just don't transfer to this side of the pond. The grimy atmosphere remenisicent of Marlow doesn't help either. Some longer tracts of descriptive langaugae -whilst being good for enlightning the mood, don't help the plot along, and I frequently forgot who was betraying whom and why, let aone what the invented motives of the bad guys were supposed to be. There was some involvment with US foreign policy in the South Americas at the time, but that's not just ancient history but foreign history and to me, so I didn't follow what was happening. Dave is hardly charasmatic (cf Reacher to whom he's often compared), but the supporting cast were even worse, the girlfriend particularly unbelivable.

I guess this is one for the locals. If you were around at the time, and or knwo the coity and it's history then this was probably (assuming hte author got his facts more or less straight) and interestingrea with local colour (much like Stuart McBride). It I'm not and so - like Elmore Leonard - I'll pass on this series. ( )
  reading_fox | Apr 28, 2013 |
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To the family of Walter J. Burke of New Iberia, Louisiana, with great affection for their gentle spirit and kind ways.
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The evening sky was streaked with purple, the color of torn plums, and a light rain had started to fall when I came to the end of the blacktop road that cut through twenty miles of thick, almost impenetrable scrub oak and pine and stopped at the front gate of Angola penitentiary.
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR JAMES LEE BURKE

THE NEON RAIN

Detective Dave Robicheaux has fought too many battles: in Vietnam, with killers and hustlers, with police brass, and with the bottle. Lost without his wife's love, Robicheaux's haunted soul mirrors the intensity and dusky mystery of New Orleans' French Quarter -- the place he calls home, and the place that nearly destroys him when he becomes involved in the case of a young prostitute whose body is found in a bayou. Thrust into the world of drug lords and arms smugglers, Robicheaux must face down a subterranean criminal world and come to terms with his own bruised heart in order to survive.

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Detective Dave Robicheaux has fought too many battles: in Vietnam, with killers and hustlers, with police brass, and the bottle. Lost without his wife's love, Robicheaux's haunted soul mirrors the intensity and dusky mystery of New Orleans' French Quarter -- the place he calls home, and the place that nearly destroys him when he becomes involved in the case of a young prostitute whose body is found in a bayou. Thrust into the world of drug lords and arms smugglers, Robicheaux must face down a subterranean criminal world and come to terms with his own bruised heart in order to survive.… (more)

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