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  • Title: The Neon Rain
  • Author: James Lee Burke
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  • Page: 198
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  • Introducing the New Orleans detective Dave RobicheauxJohnny Massina, a convicted murderer bound for the electric chair, has warned Dave Robicheaux that he s on somebody s hit list, and now the homicide detective is trying to discover just who that is before he ends up dead Meanwhile he has taken on the murder investigation of a young black girl found dead in the Bayou swaIntroducing the New Orleans detective Dave RobicheauxJohnny Massina, a convicted murderer bound for the electric chair, has warned Dave Robicheaux that he s on somebody s hit list, and now the homicide detective is trying to discover just who that is before he ends up dead Meanwhile he has taken on the murder investigation of a young black girl found dead in the Bayou swamp a case no one seems keen for him to investigate But Robicheaux persists and uncovers a web of corruption that some would kill to protect, leading him to a terrifying confrontation with the one horror he fears most of all.
    The Neon Rain Introducing the New Orleans detective Dave RobicheauxJohnny Massina a convicted murderer bound for the electric chair has warned Dave Robicheaux that he s on somebody s hit list and now the homicid

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    1. This is a revised review as of 4 14 2013 with some images to add flavor.It s like a lot of detective novels set in the 1980s except the real standouts are the fact that it s New Orleans and the author gets that particular sub culture Burke has an elegant prose and his main character, David Robicheaux, is engaging.Robicheaux is a 50 something hard boiled detective who survived the Vietnam War yet is still haunted by it and thus turns to drinking though it becomes evident later he was drinking bef [...]

    2. Everyone says too many books, too little time I m changing it to too many great writers, too little time The first book I read by James Lee Burke was Wayfaring Stranger I read it before it was published in July of 2014 because I received an advance reading copy from the publisher It was an unbelievably good book and I wanted to read from this author So here it is August of 2017 and I have just finished my second book by James Lee Burke How could I let so many years go by without reading another [...]

    3. 3.5After reading six Holland Family novels I just had to start this series I began with a bit of trepidation because I knew those books would be a hard act to follow Here s what happened.It took me right back to New Orleans which I visited about the time the novel was written.It opened a hardcore window into a man s soul as he daily struggles to say no to the siren call of alcoholism.It brought back all the reasons I participated in anti Vietnam War marches, though I really had no honest clue at [...]

    4. Great Louisiana atmosphere and a good deal of violence in this, the first of the Dave Robicheaux mysteries Entertaining but not compelling.

    5. I know an author setting a book in a city known for its food like New Orleans would really want to get the regional flavor across by having the characters chow down on the local cuisine, but do they really eat that many po boy sandwiches down there Hell, I m from Kansas City, but I don t eat barbecue every day James Lee Burke kicked off this long running crime series back in the late 80s Dave Robicheaux is a recovering alcoholic, a Vietnam vet Yet again confirming my theory that all tough guy he [...]

    6. Two months ago I d never even heard of James Lee Burke never mind the renowned Dave Robicheaux, a New Orleans s detective who is the main character in a twenty book series and there s also a couple of films about the guy I would have remained in this completely unaware state had it not been for my praise of Will Patton s narration of Doctor Sleep, a fellow blogger recommended his narration of the Robicheaux series, so I looked into it and lo and behold, I find three of my favourite authors hold [...]

    7. One of the movies on endless repeat with my best high school friend and I was The Big Easy with Dennis Quaid and Ellen Barkin That and a couple trips to New Orleans are the sum of my Louisiana experience, and yet, when I read Neon Rain I feel as if I m there, ghosting alongside Dave Robicheaux as he investigates Burke s writing is extremely evocative, in the very best way for the detective centered mystery A strong since of place, of the cultural gumbo of New Orleans and the surrounding rural ar [...]

    8. Dave Robicheaux is your quintessential hard boiled detective, struggling with anger issues, inner demons and alcohol When he s not out bashing bad guys, he is waxing poetically about the meaning of life and who makes the best beignets PS The answer is Cafe du Monde The only thing that makes him different from other great tough guy detectives is that he speaks with a Cajun accent Who doesn t love that

    9. I know of an acquiring editor who ran a board for new authors who not only counted Burke a favorite, but recommended him as an example of a beautiful prose style From the almost 60 pages I got through, I can understand that I didn t abandon this novel because I thought the writing anything less than top notch The dialogue seems authentic and distinctive, there are descriptions of Louisiana that are evocative and lyrical coming through the first person narrative This isn t rated two stars because [...]

    10. I bought about five copies of the hard cover and passed them out to my friends This is an amazingly good book Got Mr Burke to sign my copy Now I kind of wish I would have kept a couple as the first edition sell for between 300 and 500 dollars in good shape, but at the time I enjoyed the book so much I wanted to have every one I know read it.

    11. A tightly woven and gritty police procedural set in New Orleans Really enjoyed the main character Dave Robicheaux and will no doubt go on to read in the series Robicheaux was a deeply flawed character, plagued by inner demons but had integrity and perseverance.The mystery component was well delivered I didn t realise how it would all play out and that s always a plus Loved the setting and descriptions of a lush and humid New Orleans Well worth a look at.

    12. 4.5This is hardcore crime at its best Detective Dave Robicheaux is one of the good guys at heart, an officer that still believes in justice and the welfare of others, but he is also one bad, bad dude, and if he has to bend the laws a little to bring about justice you better not get in his way.The only chink in the armor of this novel is that Daves toughness at times crossed the line into what I can only call stupidity but hey, he s only human, and I would damn sure never say it to his face I wil [...]

    13. Your prosecuted, tried and convicted The court sentences you to be exiled for five years on a deserted island No TV No YouTube No Britney Spear s poster a hardship for many of you.You are allowed a Kindle and a hand cranked device to keep it charged Then you are told, Pick one author Vince Flynn T Jefferson Parker Lee Child Stephen Cannell Robert Crais Michael Connelly John Sanford All these authors pass through my head in an instant What the hell How can I only be allowed one author This isn t [...]

    14. It s like a lot of detective novels set in the 1980s except the real standouts are the fact that it s New Orleans and the author gets that particular sub culture Burke has an elegant prose and his main character, David Robicheaux, is engaging.Robicheaux is a 50 something hard boiled detective who survived the Vietnam War yet is still haunted by it and thus turns to drinking though it becomes evident later he was drinking before he went to war He has since joined the police force as a detective a [...]

    15. This first installment of James Lee Burke s Dave Robicheaux series was my introduction to this author, and I was quite pleased with the experience Undoubtedly gritty and often quite violent, The Neon Rain still managed to surprise me with a generous amount of almost poetic prose that was completely unexpected The sense of atmosphere is almost dripping off the pages at times and really drew me into the New Orleans setting The streetlamps lighted the misty trees along the esplanade on St Charles t [...]

    16. My introduction to this author came about three months ago and it was an enjoyable one The author has a gift He paints a picture with words and I felt like I was in New Orleans experiencing the sights, sounds, and food This is the first novel in the series featuring Dave Robicheaux, a detective with the New Orleans police department He is battling many demons He is a Vietnam veteran who often has flashbacks to his experiences during the war He is a recovering alcoholic His wife left him for anot [...]

    17. This is a hard one to call It was the first James lee Burke offering I had read, and I certainly have mixed feelings about it There s no doubt that Burke can write very well he develops interesting characters and creates some brilliant dialogue for them It could have been a really good book but had some flaws that spoiled it for me, just a little I say flaws for want of a better word perhaps shortcomings would be a better term I am perfectly aware that other people might not be bothered by them [...]

    18. July, 2017 Ha I just read this in 2014, but it seemed so much longer ago I suppose that is because I ve finished half a zillion books since then Nevertheless, it s a short book and I m going to re read it now This is an old Dave Robicheaux book written in 1987 We have most of James Lee Burke s Robicheaux novels and my edition is a yellowed paperback, different edition from this one pictured I started reading it again because it was listed in s 100 lifetime must read mysteries It s still good and [...]

    19. The Neon RainThis is the first James Lee Burke novel I ve read in a very long time I decided to start at the beginning and re read all of his novels in order and with this first book I m not disappointed I can t wait to start the next book in the Dave Robicheaux series.

    20. Mmmm mmmmm, I do love me some James Lee Burke I m a huge fan of beautiful prose, and Burke provides that here in large helpings If you want tons of atmosphere, lots of poetic phrasing, and a loving sense of place, you can t do much better And then there s the characters with their regionally flavored dialogue and, in audio format, accents to enjoy IMHO Burke s books are especially enjoyable in audio, because of all the regional flavors and the natural cadences inherent in his writing It s a plea [...]

    21. Unfortunately, I read Black Cherry Blues first, then this one and I really like to read character series in order Too late to complain now Should have done better research.Liked this book a lot and had to go through a thought process to determine four or five stars Wish I could have halfs because I would have upped it to four and one half stars Settled on four after waffling for a few minutes I really liked the book though and it set up the Dave Robicheaux character with background info This gu [...]

    22. This is the novel I read after Donna Tartt s Goldfinch and it was meant as some light relief reading after reading such a massive and complex book Well that was me looking all stupid If anything Mr Burke does know how to write a complex story as well, and he brings the Bayous and New Orleans to life on paper It is my biggest failure of of not visiting the Big Easy before Kathrina and somehow the writer does bring that lost world back to life.Dave Robicheaux, a brilliant name, visits a man on dea [...]

    23. This book is the first in a series and it is the first book I ve read by this author I enjoyed this book I did the audio and loved the narrator He did a super job with all the different accents and this completely added to my enjoyment Since this is my first experience with this author, I didn t know what to expect I will definitely read by him His writing was fun to pay attention to He periodically punctuated the story with some extremely frilly flourishes, but I loved that He had a great way [...]

    24. I finally finished this book When I heard there is some sort of fan club for this Dave Robicheaux guy, I was curious to see if I ll join It turns out my library overdrive has quite a few of the Robicheaux books in the series, so I started with no 1 First of all, I must confess that my attention was not the best So, as my rating tells you, I enjoyed it, although I didn t find it riveting If anything, although I don t read this genre often, the story was very familiar damaged cop, ex Vietnam soldi [...]

    25. What a wonderfully evocative title, sadly I think the title was my favourite part of the book.This felt like the middle ground between something I love and something that leaves me cold, a mixture of Dashiell Hammett or one of those great classic writers of the hardboiled, black as night, noir school of crime and James Patterson or one of the many, many, many generic crime thriller writers out there lining up to shift some units no matter how average to mediocre their novels are.I liked Dave Rob [...]

    26. Gripping and raw The lead character wears his scars psychological mostly on his heart and finds that stepping into an hornet s nest and doing the right thing is not the way to live a long and secure life in New Orleans.Robicheaux keeps you reading, you want to see what happens and how he will end up on the other side of the tunnel at the end Burke doesn t cheat the reader Set in the dark underbelly world of bad guys, drug trafficking lords of New Orleans, it s raw, bleak but you keep reading bec [...]

    27. 7 10 Somebody wants New Orleans Police Lieutenant Dave Robicheaux dead A look at his past arrests is not very helpful in pinpointing the culprits, but it gives the readers an early indication of the sort of hard boiled, gritty and dangerous journey we are about to embark on I went through my case file and didn t see any connection I had a whole file drawer of misery to look at, too a prostitute icepicked by a psychotic john a seventeen year old runaway whose father wouldn t bond him out of jail [...]

    28. I was out of books and a friend recommended an author I d heard of but not read James Lee Burke How I missed out on him to this point is a mystery to me Anyway, I just made it through Neon Rain and it s first rate Lots of action, great writing and dialogue, an exotic locale New Orleans , an ever broadening plot and complicated relationships combine to make this a mystery crime novel I couldn t put down A New Orleans detective becomes involved in a murder case outside his jurisdiction, which lead [...]

    29. I m new to the legion of James Lee Burke fans thank you Cathy DuPont But all that means, is that I still have all these wonderful Robicheaux novels for my reading pleasure, a thought that fills me with distinct satisfaction For now I ll review the Dave Robicheaux series one by one, until I ve gone through the lot and compile a review for all as is my usual habit.I suspect I have an edge as compared to most Burke fans I have lived in the French Quarter so aptly described in the Burke novels I ve [...]

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