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- Book 23 of 23 in Dave Robicheaux
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An imaginative blend of crime and other genres, Burke’s existential drama is both exquisitely executed and profoundly moving. —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Burke has concocted his usual gumbo of thrills and chills, stirred it with gusto and seasoned it with plenty of local superstition and rumor. What makes these books so enduring (this is the 23rd Robicheaux novel) and the storytelling so seductive is that Burke has the voice to do justice to the region’s ancient curses and its modern crimes." —Marilyn Stasio, for The New York Times Book Review
"[A]ll-enveloping mix of horror and crime" —Booklist (starred review)
"You can always count on Burke, the prolific best-selling author and two-time winner of the Edgar Award, to deliver a white-hot page-turner."—AARP Magazine
"Burke has the poetic gifts to match the otherworldly musings his Louisiana lawman occasionally finds himself dwelling on." —CrimeReads
"Like all Burke's novels, this one is lush and lyrical and poignant and pretty damn brutal. It's a journey into Robicheaux's heart of darkness and America's." —Minnesota Star Tribune
About the Author
- Publication Date : August 11, 2020
- File Size : 1833 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 380 pages
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster (August 11, 2020)
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- ASIN : B08286GQ5P
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,113 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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A new hardcover first edition of "The Neon Rain" can be bought for around $1,000.00 and I am lucky to have one in my collection. That 'birthing' novel has spawned 22 other children in this series, all of which are in my library. The reason is that not only are the characters James Lee Burke develops unique and unpredictable, but Mr. Burke is also an extremely talented wordsmith who can tell a story like no other. He is fascinated by the good and evil traits that reside in everyone and is always interested in which side of the fence one of his characters will fall on given certain motivations and pressure. Like the average person, his characters always lean toward doing the right thing -- until they don't.
The author's presentations of his scenes and characters place them in your brain front and center, where they continually remind you to seek a quiet spot so that you can plunge yourself back into the story. His symbolism is frequent and colorful and his description of the human condition is both accurate and frightening. For virtually anyone can do anything depending on the situation and how they are able to justify it. Mr. Burke often surprises you with how his protagonists brainstorm a problem and then come up with some oddball solution. Like pouring cement into someone's new convertible or driving a bulldozer through an unsavory character's house.
The author's references to Vietnam over the past several years convinced me that he must have served in that horrible conflict. It turns out however that the experiences he describes were passed on to him by others and fleshed out by continual research. And it is obvious that philosophy and history tickle his gizzards. For he is a fountain of knowledge on both subjects. And in this 23rd and final novel in the Robicheaux series, he also brings in a supernatural character similar to the River Styx ferryman who punishes evil people and sentences them to row his slave galleon to wherever his services are needed. A modern day Charon if you will.
The story is complex, the subplots constantly whirring in different directions, and 'good' once again confronts 'evil' in some pretty terrible ways. But this isn't that much of a stretch for this author, a writer who often has his characters visited by dead confederate soldiers and slaves navigating the marshes of the underground railroad. Anyone who faces horrifying situations and has been constantly battling to fight his addictions is bound to have a few quirks in their behavior. Either that or they may have crossed the line into severe mental illness where a stressful or emotional life event might trigger a psychotic episode. Both of his main characters show warning signs of schizophrenia, typically a disease exhibited at a young age.
What you get with "A Private Cathedral" is several highly entertaining character studies, all enhanced by the constant pressures put upon them. My recommendation to you is to start back at the beginning of the series to see how the boys became who they now are, and then picking up this novel. But find a quiet place and a comfortable chair with good lighting so that you will not be disturbed. Let yourself sink into this story with one of the best modern authors still writing. And make sure that you have a dictionary at hand for those pesky words that you don't see every day. Goodbye Dave and Clete. It was great knowing you.
Top reviews from other countries
1. the formula is becoming tired, perhaps inevitable on book 23.
2. The supernatural/ religiosity of this was more than I could cope with. Our hero has always been preoccupied with good and evil, but not usually in quite such a meandering and unbelievable manner. I am prepared to suspend my disbelief to some extent in any crime novel, but I’m no fan of the supernatural and would have avoided it like the plague in normal circumstances. I had, though, already bought the book before reading the other, helpful cries that warned about this. Again, I usually do not finish books I’m not enjoying and would have done so with any other author but my loyalty to JLB kept me at it. I doubt I will pre-order his next and will read any reviews carefully before purchasing. Never thought I’d say so about this writer. Oh well, nothing goes for ever.