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3.99986369268897 out of 53.99986369268897 out of 53.99986369268897 out of 53.99986369268897 out of 53.99986369268897 out of 5 4.00 (2,421 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Lee Burke Narrator: Will Patton Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Dave Robicheaux Series Release Date: May 1996 ISBN: 9780743548212
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On the bayou, a bad moon is rising -- and Robicheaux's peace is shattered with a gun

Vietnam vet Dave Robicheaux has turned in his detective's badge, is winning his battle against booze, and has left New Orleans with his wife for the tranquil beauty of the Louisiana bayou. But a plane crash on the Gulf brings a young girl into his life -- and with her comes a netherworld of murder, deception and home-grown crime.

Suddenly Robicheaux is confronting Bubba Rocque, a brutal hood he's known since childhood, Rocque's hungry Cajun wife, and a Federal agent with more guts than sense. In a backwater world where a swagger and a gun go further than the law, Robicheaux and those he loves are caught on a tide of violence far bigger than them all.... Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A fine, compelling novel.” 

    Newsday

  • A mystery fans will savor for its ruminating intelligence and graceful prose as well as for its heart-stopping suspense.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • The Cajun hero of The Neon Rain returns in a very intense and atmospheric, if not obsessive, story of personal revenge…His first-person narrative provides character insight, immediacy, and authentic glimpses into a disappearing way of life.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3.666666 out of 53.666666 out of 53.666666 out of 53.666666 out of 53.666666 out of 5 Chap | 9/2/2016

    " I believe that this is the first book that features Dave Robicheax. Dave Robicheaux is the protaganist and has turned in his detective’s badge, is winning his battle against booze, and has left New Orleans with his wife for the tranquil beauty of the Louisiana bayou. But a plane crash on the Gulf brings a young girl into his life—and with her comes a netherworld of murder, deception, and home-grown crime. Mr. Burke has a wonderful way telling his story. He has a great vocabulary and is very descriptive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Neil Morgan | 2/18/2014

    " Great book. This guy writes so well. It's excellent acion and story with a superb style of writing. I cannot recommend it highly enough. The main character is an ordinary guy but the writing elevates him to a great character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 2/17/2014

    " I love Mark Hammer's reading of this book. Robicheaux finds Alafair and rights wrongs. Terrific. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave Larson | 2/13/2014

    " Great book, how the bayou comes alive and I can smell and see the storms as they come in! Dave finds Alafair, and his wife gets gunned down, what demons he deals with. And believable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kavita | 1/24/2014

    " Thought it was more exploitative than good... interesting enough to read the next one though... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 1/20/2014

    " Wondering if Burke is the Big Easy flipside of Ellroy - guilt-ridden hardboiled "heroes" and cynical conspiracy, but in a slow, southern pace with tons of Cajun atmosphere. His prose is equally interesting - and mannered - if very different, and far less thrilling. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sherry Chandler | 1/19/2014

    " In spite of urging from friends and family, I can't work up a lot of enthusiasm for Dave Robicheaux. I like my mysteries more cerebral. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caleb Guillotte | 12/24/2013

    " This is my favorite of the "Robicheaux" books, with the introduction of his adopted (from a submerged, crashed airplane) daughter and the beginning of a domestic life worth defending for this star-crossed alcoholic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 H Hoover | 12/20/2013

    " I cried when I read it- such an emotional book. I really love JLB's style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mikel | 12/19/2013

    " Only the second in the series (I believe), he really hits his stride here and introduces Alafair, who is a character for the rest of the series. A beautiful book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ariel | 12/11/2013

    " JLB lives up to the high standards he set for himself. A huge winner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pickleman | 11/5/2013

    " My first Dave Robicheaux book. Have read most Hackberry and Holland books, but this was a great beginning for me as I intend to read all of the D.R. series. Can't beat this book! Highly recommended! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terah | 10/24/2013

    " He did a great job with this one. From how they got Alafair to the fight scenes...he's a master at his craft. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 5/30/2013

    " An early Dave Robicheaux novel that tells us how Alafair came into his life. The descriptions are terrific. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martin Burry | 4/12/2013

    " Can't even begin to describe how much I enjoy reading Burke's writing, which is prose, baby, pure poetry... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 1864 | 12/24/2012

    " Burke is the best "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelle Folts | 11/9/2012

    " My 2nd James Lee Burke book. Looking forward to reading more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 7/16/2012

    " He's my favorite author. Read a Burke book and your in a dark theater by yourself surrounded and engulfed by his images. I've read them all but can only do so once every 3-4 months because in the end they are their message about the human condition is not hopeful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chawkins | 12/9/2011

    " Another good read. Looking forward to more! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Burt | 7/5/2011

    " I love James Lee Burke, his books never let you down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill Kerwin | 5/12/2011

    " In this, the second Dave Robicheaux mystery, Dave turns in his badge and heads for the bayou. Soon the tranquility is shattered, and he is out for revenge. Good effective mystery, and the Louisiana atmosphere is a plus. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 4/1/2011

    " He's my favorite author. Read a Burke book and your in a dark theater by yourself surrounded and engulfed by his images. I've read them all but can only do so once every 3-4 months because in the end they are their message about the human condition is not hopeful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 3/6/2011

    " One of his best for setting and internal conflict. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marius | 12/15/2010

    " As many reviewers will have told you, this is the 2nd book in the Dave Robicheaux butt-kickin' swamp-cruisin' crime-solvin' hard-drinkin' Viet vet Cajun-cop series, and if you've got this far, you're probably gonna be addicted. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia | 11/14/2010

    " #63
    I like listening to James Lee Burke's books more than reading them, especially read by Will Patton. The desciptive passages are beautiful and you can't skim them! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindz | 9/25/2010

    " James Lee Burke, what can I say I love him. He is a flawed individual constantly trying to be a better person. Who does fail in this constantly but you know he has a soul, which he constantly fights for. Brilliant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 8/15/2010

    " 3.5 I've been reading these all out of order, so never know ahead of time whom Dave is married to or who has been bumped off. Still find them all engrossing reads, and the descriptions of outposts of Louisiana completely mesmerizing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Muld00n | 8/11/2010

    " When Dave Robicheaux dies, he will go straight to Heaven because he certainly went through Hell in Heaven's Prisoners. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 6/24/2010

    " Audiobook (cassette)
    This is one of Burke's earlier books and while the book is very good, the reader is not nearly as good as the reader in the two of his later books that I have listened to. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kavita | 5/17/2010

    " Thought it was more exploitative than good... interesting enough to read the next one though... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betty | 3/4/2010

    " My favorite James Lee Burke book so far. This is the second in the Dave Robicheaux series and I really got into it and look forward to reading the next one in the series, Black Cherry Blues. "

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About the Author
Author James Lee Burke

James Lee Burke James Lee Burke, a rare winner of two Edgar Awards and named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, is the author of more than thirty novels and two collections of short stories, including the New York Times bestsellers Creole Belle, Dixie City Jam, The Glass Rainbow, Rain Gods, Pegasus Descending, The Tin Roof Blowdown, Feast Day of Fools, and more.. His novel The Lost-Get Back Boogie was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and two of his books, Heaven’s Prisoners and Two for Texas, have been made into motion pictures.

About the Narrator

Will Patton is an award–winning actor who has narrated audiobooks by such authors as Charles Frazier, Larry McMurtry, Don DeLillo, and Ernest Hemingway. He has won thirty-two AudioFile Earphones Award for his narrations. His numerous film credits include Remember the Titans, The Punisher, The Mothman Prophesies, Armageddon, and The Spitfire Grill. He starred in the TNT miniseries Into the West and on the CBS series The Agency and won Obie Awards in the theater for his performances in Fool for Love and What Did He See.