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The Neon Rain (Dave Robicheaux,  Bk 1)
The Neon Rain - Dave Robicheaux, Bk 1
Author: James Lee Burke
Detective Dave Robicheaux has fought too many battles: in Vietnam, with killers and hustlers, with police brass, and the bottle. Lost without his wife's love, Robicheaux's haunted soul mirrors the intensity and dusky mystery of New Orleans' French Quarter -- the place he calls home, and the place that nearly destroys him when he beco...  more
ISBN-13: 9780671756444
ISBN-10: 0671756443
Publication Date: 2/1/1992
Pages: 281
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3.7 stars, based on 78 ratings
Publisher: Pocket
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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This is a very gritty police story. All of the characters are flawed in some way. The story flows very quickly which is good, otherwise it could be depressing but all comes out well in the end. The authors descriptions make you feel like you are back in New Orleans (if you have been there anyway.)
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James Lee Burke does an incredible job of putting the reader in the story. His colorful language and detailed scenes are very true to the culture he writes about. Being a native of southern Louisiana, I was very skeptical since most southern novels are over the top with the accents, etc. Dave Robicheaux could easily be my next door neighbor. The stories are genuine with real life problems, friends, family and of course enemies and demons. This book is just the beginning.
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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This was my first time to read one of Mr. Burke's novels. As a frequent visitor to New Orleans, I definitely enjoyed the references to area landmarks. It was a good, not a great read. I liked it well enough to read another.

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  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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I had read and thoroughly enjoyed several of the later Dave Robicheaux books and didn't realize this was the first in the series when I acquired it. If, like me, you've read the more recent books and are interested to know why the hero is an ex-cop, this is the book that tells you. It's a gritty, intricate plot. Robicheaux is far from perfect and not always likable, but the forces surrounding him are so bad that you root for him anyway. The characters and settings are very well developed; you feel as if you are there. For most of the book "there" isn't somewhere you'd want to be, but it's still hard to put down.
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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The first of the Dave Robicheaux detective novels, this shows promise of the jewels to come.
I started in the middle with this series and have been wandering back and forth ever since, it makes for odd images.

Not the best, but the mark of a GOOD writer is that the first seldom is!

Worth reading.
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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I really enjoy books by James Lee Burke, including this one. I wanted to read it because it's the first one with the character Dave Robicheaux. Good reading and with all of the plot twists, keeps you on your toes.

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