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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.
I thought the story suffered a little because of its slight lack of focus, and for this reason I don't think it was as good as some of his previous books.
Great dialogue, characters you care about, great descriptions of New Orleans, and intelligent story lines are just some of what sets these novels apart.
Another excellent job by Burke. Very entertaining and hard to put down.Published 9 days ago by jabiii
very well written. Most james lee burke books reveal the darker side of humanity, but always have a moral message.Published 13 days ago by sharon parker
I discovered James Lee Burke and his Dave Robicheaux series about two years ago, and am now a total fan of this series. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
Seems this book like all the other James Lee Burke books I've read have very similar characters just different names and plots similar as well. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Gerald Bailey
I made the same mistake as another reviewer, who said, "Don't start here." This was my first Dave Robicheaux book. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Barbara Carpenter
Great Read as is the entire series. Really like all of the characters and the story line. Get a great feel for the settings and what motivates the characters. Read morePublished 1 month ago by BigJim6760
This is to me, a harder book to read because it has more New Orleans dialect and colloquisms than any other by him. Some are over my head. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Charles Bayne