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Like Burke's other work, contradictions rule. Beauty is juxtaposed against ugliness; rape, killings, and revenge are woven through an intense and elegiac prose in which the lush details of nature run profuse and poetic. The upshot is an almost dreamlike, or rather nightmarish, account of detective Dave Robicheaux's search for justice in a mounting set of murders. His journeys run from wealthy manors to cockfights and cathouses and through the injustices of a South where past and present are rarely separated. The detective's keen, indisputable insights on human nature and history set him and this story apart from all peers. (Running time: 4.5 hours, four cassettes) --Anne Lockwood --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I like all of James Lee Burke's books featuring Dave Robicheaux.
Great dialogue, characters you care about, great descriptions of New Orleans, and intelligent story lines are just some of what sets these novels apart.
It was a little hard to follow sometimes because of the flowery descriptions of everything with the plot.
I liked the intrigue as well as the descriptive nature, by the author, of the locality. A good story with many twists.Published 12 days ago by S. Gilkey
No one does setting better--the rain, wind, storms, clouds, and light--you're there. You follow the characters through his books and wait for the next like a letter from home. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Nancy Miller
Unless the reader likes to memorize names or enjoys being blindsided by characters introduced after the scene is set, this book is more labor than enjoyment. Read morePublished 23 days ago by John F. Connors
Too much violence and not enough content. Tedious.Published 1 month ago by Frog Pond Enterprises, Inc.
Great writing, beautifully descriptive, but a doozy of an ending. I hope that bastard shows up again.Published 1 month ago by Patricia Garnett
Well written, interesting characters. I will certainly read other of Burke's books. Does every meal require onions?Published 1 month ago by David E Smith
His books are very very hard to beat. Kept me up late a few nights as I couldn't stop trying to determine what would happen next.Published 2 months ago by Patricia Schumacher