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The Neon Rain

by James Lee Burke

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Series: Dave Robicheaux (1)

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Excellent narration of a great novel. Will Patton is a natural for reading the Robicheaux novels. Burkes's silver-tongued pen does not disappoint. His prose and imagery makes him one of the best authors I've ever read. For me Patton took a bit to get used to but in the end, he IS Dave Robicheaux. ( )
  LJayLeBlanc | Dec 2, 2016 |
I first picked up The Neon Rain in the late 80's and was swept away by Burke's style and vivid description of my South Louisiana home. I subsequently read many of the Robicheaux novels. After reading Wayfaring Strangers last year, I decided I wanted to revisit Dave and started at the beginning. Thirty years later, the book didn't disappoint. While not Burke's best, his signature prose and familiar locale keep the pages turning. ( )
  LJayLeBlanc | Dec 2, 2016 |
A bit disappointing. I’ve read three other Dave Robicheaux books and enjoyed them very much. So much, that I thought I’d read this first book and get some grounding on Robicheaux and his life. Unfortunately, I did not connect with the story. I still enjoyed the wonderful descriptions of the New Orleans area, but the plot was confused and weak. If I had read this book first, I would not have felt like reading any more Robicheaux books. I suspect author James Lee Burke has improved his skill over the years. ( )
  ramon4 | Nov 27, 2016 |
I was a bit disappointed with this one, I've read later ones in the series and found them much smoother in the storytelling, much less disjointed action. It was certainly a 100 mile an hour introduction to Dave Robicheaux, but seemed to lack some of the subtlety I had expected.
Having said that it was probably a 2.5 star read, rounded up as I'm on holiday & feeling generous ( )
  jkdavies | Jun 14, 2016 |
Will Patton
  jmail | Mar 21, 2016 |
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Burke, James Leeprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Holleman, WimTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0743449207, Paperback)

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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