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The Neon Rain: A Dave Robicheaux Novel Paperback – October 1, 2002
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The Washington Post Book World Dialogue that's so right, so real, so true to the personality you'd swear the guys were right there in the room with you; and a setting...that's so vivid you can feel the heaviness in the air, see the heat lightning, and taste the sauce piquante. I love this book!
James Crumley Author of The Last Good Kiss The Neon Rain is a dream come true, a detective novel that bridges the gap to serious fiction with marvelous characters, an intricate plot, and lyrical prose....This is a novel I really admire.
St. Petersburg Times (FL) Horrifying....Nerve-racking....If Robert Mitchum wrote books, he'd write like this....The Neon Rain has all the right components.
Kirkus Reviews Bloody, ripsnorting suspense....Fine scenes that fairly crackle with menace.
About the Author
James Lee Burke is a New York Times bestselling author, two-time winner of the Edgar Award, and the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts in Fiction. A legend of the mystery genre, he's authored thirty-two novels and two short story collections including Robicheaux, Light of the World, Creole Belle, Swan Peak, The Tin Roof Blowdown, and Feast Day of Fools. He lives in Misoula, Montana.
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Based on their recommendation, I decided to read Neon Rain, the first of nineteen books in Burke's Dave Robicheaux series and am so happy I did. What a treat!
Burke's writing skills are first rate. He paints a vividly descriptive setting in this perfectly paced, poignant, realistic tale of a flawed Cajun New Orleans police Lieutenant who marches to his own cadence, does not trust authority and has a propensity for finding himself in dire circumstances of the worst kind.
Lieutenant Dave "Streak" Robicheaux (pronounced ROW-BUH-SHOW) is a divorced alcoholic who has been on the wagon for four years. Like Dave, his partner Cletus Purcel has skeletons in his closet and is a magnet for trouble.
Robicheaux's boss, Captain Guildry knows that Dave is the best results oriented investigator in his office, but advises him to steer clear from running interference for his hard drinking head-busting partner Clete's predicaments.
Johnny Massina is guilty of murders, but not the one he is about to be electrocuted for at Angola penitentiary's Red Hat House when "Streak" visits to pay his final respects. It was there that Johnny warns Dave that an ex-con from New Orleans named L.J. Potts was bragging that his brother, Wesley is connected to Colombian mobsters who plan to murder Robicheaux.
Two weeks earlier, while fishing on Bayou Lafourche Dave discovers the body of a young black woman, Lovelace Deshotels, who he strongly believes was a murder victim. To his dismay, the local sheriff from a parish that is known for its uniquely peculiar style of law enforcement does not request an autopsy.
As usual, the Lieutenant meets his adversaries head on--the dirty cops in the sheriff's office as well as the low life, Wesley Potts who planned to kill him. From that point on the plot escalates to an even higher plane. Enter Mobster Boss Didoni "Didi Gee" Giacano and his competitors and their armies of ruthless killers.
Robicheaux takes them all on, as well as Internal Affairs, fighting a losing battle in this 275-page spellbinding thriller while developing intriguing characters including Dave's growing love interest, social worker, Annie Ballard.
If you are looking for an intriguing, fast-paced suspense thriller that is so descriptive that you will feel the storm building in the sea and salt spray of the ocean, struggle with the muggy humidity and torrential rains, marvel at the sunset, taste the Cajon delicacies, hear and anticipate natures creatures and the sounds of silence of the depths below Dave's houseboat, THIS IS IT!
I decided to read 'The Neon Rain' as it's the first of a series and I wanted to get to know the Dave Robicheaux character from the beginning. Dave's a cop... New Orleans style.
Make no mistake, Dave lives. He breathes. And he's somewhere down there in Louisiana living life. 'The Neon Rain' is a slice of that life... the seamy side for certain but a life that's large, bold and never boring.
In reading it, you will get down there and get dirty along with Dave. But the story is told in such a way that it yet reflects a better life back at you, as if from a mirror, and you can see the glorious beauty of a life lived and a game that's played out to the fullest. It's down, it's gritty and sometimes swiftly violent... but it always reminds you that you are fortunate with the life you have, no matter what it may be, and that any life is one worth living and that striving to make sense of it and make it 'right' is the grandest struggle of them all.
You'll get to know Dave and though you may not always agree with his choices and his way of getting things done, you will likely admire him for his determination and sense of right and wrong. When Dave says something is wrong, believe me, you will agree and you will cheer for his courage and convictions. And when he sets out to make it right, while struggling with his own demons and wrongness, you know that somehow, someway, and against all odds at times, he's gonna get this job done... no matter what the cost!
'The Neon Rain' is a great read from an author that writes what he seems to know extraordinarily well, like the taste of 'dirty rice' served up in some joint off the French Quarter.
A highly recommended read if you like dark, seedy cop shows. This is like the best of them... only better! And the wonderful news is that if you like this.. there's a whole series ahead for you.