The Neon Rain: A Dave Robicheaux Novel
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From New York Times bestselling author James Lee Burke comes his definitive, must-read first title in his famous Dectective David Robicheaux series.New Orleans Detective Dave Robicheaux has fought too many battles: in Vietnam, with police brass, with killers and hustlers, and the bottle. Lost without his wife's love, Robicheaux haunts the intense and heady French Quarter—the place he calls home, and the place that nearly destroys him when he beomes involved in the case of a young prostitute whose body is found in a bayou. Thrust into the seedy world of drug lords and arms smugglers, Robicheaux must face down the criminal underworld and come to terms with his own bruised heart and demons to survive.
. The trouble starts when Robichaux insists on investigating the murder of a young prostitute and discovers that it isn't only the crooks who don't want the truth to come out: the police don't want it revealed, either. With its fine local color and driving action, this novel is both chilling and first-rate entertainment. From Publishers Weekly Burke's sixth novel pits New Orleans homicide detective Dave Robichaux against the mob, the contras, the Feds and just about all the other cops. The underworld and the authorities combine to cobble up a frame against Robichaux, and suddenly he's on the run. The matter of subterranean government policy running amok suits the world of suspense fiction well, serving it in the 1980s the way Cold War themes fed the genre in earlier decades. Copyright 1987 Reed Busines
A Weak Start To A Terrific Series Douglas A. Greenberg The best way to read any literary series, including those involving hard-boiled detectives, is to pick them up in the order the books were written. That way, the individual stories take on greater meaning as part of the ongoing evolution of a principal character as he or she develops and changes. In light of this, it's tempting to recommend that prospective readers of James Lee Burke's Louisiana-based Dave Robicheaux series should start with *The Neon Rain*, which . Beautiful descriptive writing, decent cop novel. E. Calhoun Beautiful descriptive writing that paints a picture you can almost step into. But, I didn't find the plot all that great, or the characters all that likeable (but then I confess I just don't see the appeal in the "broken" heroes we have in most books today I don't expect a superman or perfect unflawed person, but sometimes I wonder how today's "heroes" function at all in life, much less solve murders, survive deadly enemies, and even "get the girl") Yes, I know he'. "The Beginning of Dave Robicheaux" according to Mickie Phipps. There's nothing like a James Lee Burke novel! Neon Rain is the beginning of the Dave Robicheaux series, and it is an excellent read. Burke's style is unique -- he likes to make the reader think. Nothing is ever spoonfed to us.For example, there is this dark passage about a very bad man, the antagonist, dying from cancer, alone:"Somewhere down inside him, he knew that his fear of death by water had always been a foolish one. Death was a rodent that ate its way inch