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A Morning for Flamingos: A Dave Robicheaux Novel Mass Market Paperback – May 28, 2013
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In a muddy, weed-filled coulee, Louisiana detective Dave Robicheaux begs an escaped convict for his life and is left more troubled by his lack of courage than by his gunshot wounds. Burke ( Half of Paradise ) proceeds to balance the resulting self-doubts of his tough, sympathetic hero with a complex, credible plot in his latest Cajun mystery. Robicheaux, a widower, leaves his small town for New Orleans, where he used to be a cop, to run a sting operation for the DEA. He engineers drug buys aimed at incriminating the local drug lord, an ex-Marine with nightmares and a habit from Vietnam, while trying to ferret out Jimmie Lee Boggs, the killer responsible for the coulee incident. Vivid supporting characters include Robicheaux's former NOPD partner Clete Purcel; an old true love now the widow of a Mafia figure; Gros Mama Goula, a juju woman; and Tony Cardo, the jumpy dealer whose inner struggles reflect Robicheaux's. Attentive to language and atmosphere, Burke delivers action on churning Gulf waters, in city streets, in deserted fields and within the souls of his memorable characters--and a fully satisfying resolution.
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“No one writes better detective novels. . .A creator of muscular, violent, headlong stories that honor and at the same time expand conventions of the form. . .Truly astonishing.” (Washington Post Book World)
“For grand escape, get your hands on A MORNING FOR FLAMINGOS. Burke is one of the most polished mystery novelists alive; his hero, Cajun detective Dave Robicheaux, is as ripe and as real as they get. . .The man can write.” (Boston Globe)
“As elegant and moody as a New Orleans night.” (Toronto Globe and Mail)
“The plotting is intricate and the action is robust. . .Burke creates rich, complicated characters and treats them with tremendous compassion. And he fashions passages of prose as haunting as any writer at work in America today.” (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
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The characters in the book are priceless and very well developed as to be credible while flamboyant or stereotypical of a class of criminals, plain vanilla street people, hoods, addicts, law enforcement, and prostitutes.
James Lee Burke has mastered the art of wordsmithing and creating colorful and credible characters that he places into a perfectly developed and appropriate backdrop of sights, smells, tastes, adventures, history, and cultural mores.
Burke uses Dave Robicheaux to glue together the plot, storyline, twists and turns of life and its complications as lived out by a troubled city police officer turned deputy sheriff.
Unless an author has become one with Southern Louisiana and all that makes it up, he cannot sing the melody, move to the rhythm, or blend the action to the harmony of the place and people, the flora and fauna, the pain and sorrows, joys and highs. O, how well Burke does it all.
There is something magical about Morning for Flamingos. As the reader begins the experience, he or she is drawn slowly but surely into the pages of this action adventure. Soon, the literary seeker finds himself walking the streets of New Iberia or New Orleans, slapping mosquitoes in the swamps, eating crawfish, budin, or catfish, and drinking beer or boilermakers. Gliding through a canal in a pirogue, racing a storm back to port, or feeding a three legged raccoon all become an extension of the read.
I personally think that people who are hindered from actually visiting exotic places for whatever reason, can go to Sothern Louisiana via James Lee Burke and be satisfied in their desire to travel from the comfort of their living room or bed. I'm on number seven of his works.
We can't leave this book or series without crawling inside the mind of a post traumatic stress disorder sufferer, Vietnam vet that still smells napalm and hears helicopters and sees hooches blown to smithereens and innocent people running aimlessly while on fire. Can you handle the madness and mess? Can you live with the out of control emotions? Can you exist with the reality of sympathizing or empathizing with Dave Robicheaux? Don't read this book if you cannot.