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by James Lee Burke

  • ISBN: 0099415631
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: James Lee Burke
  • Subcategory: Contemporary
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (2000)
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • FB2 size: 1518 kb
  • EPUB size: 1951 kb
  • Rating: 4.4
  • Votes: 155
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LIKE AN EARLY nineteenth-century poet, when I have melancholy moments and feel the world is too much for us and that late . f the blade was stamped with the initials CSA and the name of the maker, James Conning, of Mobile, Alabama, and the year 1861.

LIKE AN EARLY nineteenth-century poet, when I have melancholy moments and feel the world is too much for us and that late and soon we lay waste to our powers in getting and spending, I’m forced to pause and reflect upon my experiences with the dead and the hold they exert on our lives. I did some Googling, Tony said. The guy who owned this was from New Iberia.

The Neon Rain was the first of the twenty books in James Lee Burke’s award-winning Dave Robicheaux series of detective novels, and an auspicious beginning it was! Burke evokes the clammy, mist-filled atmosphere of his native Louisiana and the Cajun culture of his protagonist with.

The Neon Rain was the first of the twenty books in James Lee Burke’s award-winning Dave Robicheaux series of detective novels, and an auspicious beginning it was! Burke evokes the clammy, mist-filled atmosphere of his native Louisiana and the Cajun culture of his protagonist with great skill. Robicheaux, a New Orleans police detective, has stumbled across the body of a young African-American prostitute in what seem to be suspicious circumstances.

James Lee Burke (born December 5, 1936) is an American author, best known for his Dave Robicheaux series. He has won Edgar Awards for Black Cherry Blues (1990) and Cimarron Rose (1998), and has also been presented with the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. The Robicheaux character has been portrayed twice on screen, first by Alec Baldwin (Heaven's Prisoners) and then Tommy Lee Jones (In the Electric Mist).

James Lee Burke is an American author best known for his mysteries, particularly the Dave Robicheaux series. Discover new books on Goodreads. See if your friends have read any of James Lee Burke's books.

James Lee Burke is the heavyweight champ, a great American novelist whose work, taken individually .

James Lee Burke is the heavyweight champ, a great American novelist whose work, taken individually or as a whole, is unsurpassed. A gorgeous prose stylist. Richly deserves to be described now as one of the finest crime writers America has ever produced. 1. The Neon Rain 2. Heaven's Prisoners 3. Black Cherry Blues 4. A Morning for Flamingos 5. A Stained White Radiance 6. In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead 7. Dixie City Jam 8. Burning Angel 9. Cadillac Jukebox 10. Sunset Limited 11. Purple Cane Road 12.

The first book in the Robicheaux series

The first book in the Robicheaux series. To the family of Walter J. Burke. of New Iberia, Louisiana, with great affection. for their gentle spirit and kind ways. Back in my houseboat on Lake Pontchartrain, with the rain beating on the roof and dancing on the water outside, I remembered the lines I had heard sung once by a black inmate in Angola: I ax my bossman, Bossman, tell me what's right. He whupped my left, said, Boy, now you know what's right.

Author: James Lee Burke Series: Dave Robicheaux Novels, Book 1 Publisher: Henry Holt & Co Publication Year .

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.

The roof was made of tin and it was raining outside. I was stretched out on a wooden table, my arms handcuffed around a post behind me, my feet tied to another post at the opposite end. t came from a mechanic’s portable lamp that was hung on one wall among rows of tools, fan belts, grease guns, and clusters of sparkplug wires. The air was close and hot and smelled of oil and rust. When I turned my head, my neck felt as though it would crack like a dry flower stem. Then I saw Sam Fitzpatrick in a wooden chair four feet from me.

The Neon Rain is the first book of the series featuring Lieutenant Dave Robicheaux, a police officer working for . James Lee Burke shows us what a powerful drug alcohol is and how strong its hooks are once they are clawed in someone’s skin.

The Neon Rain is the first book of the series featuring Lieutenant Dave Robicheaux, a police officer working for the New Orleans PD. He’s paired with Cletus Purcel, a cop with old-fashioned methods who drinks away his personal problems. Cletus is a liability in their partnership because he’s not at the best of his abilities and because of his dubious morals. The only other time I’ve seen alcohol described that way is in Leaving Las Vegas by John O’Brien. Nothing glamorous in it.

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Reviews about The Neon Rain (7):
Xcorn
The Neon Rain is the first installment in the Dave Robicheaux series. I have read all of the books in the series as they were released but recently decided to return to the well and reread the first installment. JL Burke evokes New Orleans and the old south with all of its depravity and beauty in lyrical prose that is pure poetry, while still turning out a first class suspense-crime novel. This book has all Robicheaux's demons on display, a corrupt New Orleans Police force, his booze-addled, violent partner, Clete Purcell, the downtrodden sharecroppers and minorities, the criminal and political elite who Dave despises, and Dave's own personal demon: alcoholism. His relationship with Purcell is far more confrontational than in the later books, and his relationship with Annie is just beginning. The violence is there but not as prolific as in later books, and the booze genie comes out of the bottle one more time with a lot of action and degradation to follow. A pair of great psychotics that don't compare with some of the later creations, but still rack the tension up to 11. One of the best series going in my opinion and it was a treat to revisit these characters in the formative year.
HeonIc
Had never heard of James Lee Burke until I read about him in Gardens & Guns. Ordered this book first, to give him a 'trial run'. Wow! Proceeded to order the next five in the series. Love Burke's writing. He expresses what he sees better than anyone I've read in a long time. His descriptions of the bayou, the streets of New Orleans, the people of every ilk that populate Louisiana, are eye-opening. He captures emotions and situations with such clarity. The opening scene in Neon Rain, when Robicheaux is speaking with a convict he knows and who is scheduled to die in the electric chair in a few hours - you can smell the sweat of fear, the desperation and stale smoke, the accused's last grasp for some kind of absolution. I have hours of good reading ahead and can hardly wait to start the next book.
Grari
This is the first of the acclaimed Dave Robicheaux mysteries. It's a gritty, thrilling first person noir crime novel told in the edgy and poetic voice of the New Orleans cop Robixheaux. The story has action from the first page and it's less nitty gritty police procedural and more one man vs. evil. Robicheaux is a fallen human like all of us but he seeks the truth in his battle against evil in the form of drug cartels, mobsters, and every other manner of scum. I'm completely hooked on this series now and in love with the vibrant prose of James Lee Burke. New Orleans becomes just as much a character in this book as Robicheaux himself. Lots of great side characters and dialogue, too.
Malalrajas
The premise is a good one: New Orleans detective finds a dead body on his day off and that leads him to be the target of an organized crime hit. But the amount of violence is gratuitous--every scene has a violent incident--and the detective is universally misunderstood by the pantheon of corrupt bullies that constitute everyone from small-time porn movie house operators, to organized crime bosses to federal agents to his own fellow cops. The obligatory love story doesn't have enough depth to be convincing. And the amount of street lingo and cop slang used sometimes borders on the comical. The descriptions of the city and the lake on which he lives are vivid and enjoyable. The plot, however, would benefit from less effort to portray the deepest depths of human depravity at the expense of an interesting unravelling of a mystery.
Kemath
The Neon Rain was the first of the twenty books in James Lee Burke’s award-winning Dave Robicheaux series of detective novels, and an auspicious beginning it was! Burke evokes the clammy, mist-filled atmosphere of his native Louisiana and the Cajun culture of his protagonist with great skill.

Robicheaux, a New Orleans police detective, has stumbled across the body of a young African-American prostitute in what seem to be suspicious circumstances. He was far outside his jurisdiction but can’t resist getting pushy when he learns that the local sheriff has squelched an investigation into her death. Pretty soon it’s clear that Robicheaux is pushing the wrong people. He finds himself tangling not just with a rural sheriff but with a powerful drug lord, the police hierarchy, and the federal government in a wild and violent quest that reawakens all his demons. The detective, a widower, is an alcoholic and a Vietnam vet with troubled memories of his time as a platoon leader.

The Neon Rain was published in 1987 and loyally reflects the events of that time. US intervention in Central America — most notably in support of the right-wing “contras”in Nicaragua — was much in the news, and there were widespread rumors (with an occasional press report) that the CIA was involved in drug trafficking to raise funds to support the effort. Though those reports were discredited, widespread doubts remained for years, compounded by substantial evidence of the agency’s involvement with heroin traffickers in Southeast Asia during the previous two decades.
Error parents
I was introduced to Streak and Clete in Tin Roof Blowdown on recommendation from a good friend who is a dedicated fan. I loved it and moved quickly to In The Electric Mist with the Confederate Dead. Another excellent read. But I saw that I needed to get the deep background on our protagonist before I went any further. This book delivers on that goal in spades. Another engrossing novel, you meet a younger and much more raw Dave Robicheaux as a divorced detective in New Orleans, still with a tenuous grasp on sobriety as he struggles mightily to overcome inner demons. I thought the Robicheaux of Tin Roof was impulsive and ignored the rules! This DR is a true loose cannon, but his young partner Clete seems to have no rule book at all. These boys have really mellowed since these beginnings.

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