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The Barnes & Noble ReviewJames Lee Burke's fiction is haunted, sometimes quite literally, by the ghosts of history, and by a bone-deep apprehension of the human capacity for violence and cruelty. A case in point is the author's latest Dave Robicheaux novel, Jolie Blon's Bounce, a contemporary account of murder and madness whose plot reflects the lingering aftereffectsThe Barnes & Noble ReviewJames Lee Burke's fiction is haunted, sometimes quite literally, by the ghosts of history, and by a bone-deep apprehension of the human capacity for violence and cruelty. A case in point is the author's latest Dave Robicheaux novel, Jolie Blon's Bounce, a contemporary account of murder and madness whose plot reflects the lingering aftereffects of the antebellum South.The story begins with the shotgun murder of 16-year-old Amanda Boudreau and the subsequent arrest of Tee Bobby Hulin, a musically gifted young black man with a spiraling drug habit and a checkered criminal past. This initial murder is quickly followed by a second, the bludgeoning death of a prostitute with ties to the world of organized crime. The dual investigation that ensues leads Robicheaux -- together with his current partner, Helen Soileau, and his former partner in the New Orleans PD, Clete Purcell -- into the complex, interrelated histories of several New Iberia families, some rich, white, and powerful, some poor, black, and chronically underprivileged. The investigation puts Robicheaux in touch with the most vicious elements of Louisiana society, and with the darkest aspects of his own divided soul.Like most of Burke's fiction, Jolie Blon's Bounce is a rambling, loosely plotted affair notable for its powerful set pieces, its precise, sensual evocation of the Louisiana bayou country, and its flamboyant sense of character. Among the novel's most vivid creations are a sexually voracious defense attorney descended from a wealthy slaveholding family, a traveling Bible salesman with a penchant for violence, a former Mafia hit man with a tragic personal history, and a predatory, not-quite-human killer who goes by the name of Legion. Legion, a deliberate, over-the-top embodiment of absolute evil, is one of Burke's most remarkable creations. His presence, together with the corollary presence of a mad, possibly angelic figure known as Sal Angelo, lends this novel the faint, unmistakable aura of the supernatural that has characterized so much of Burke's recent fiction.As always, though, it is Dave Robicheaux himself -- a decent, violent, angry, loving, and deeply conflicted man -- who dominates the narrative. Robicheaux's distinctive character and his voice -- with its mournful power, its clean, rolling cadences, and its frequent flights of unforced poetry -- elevate this novel at every turn. Like the best of its predecessors (The Neon Rain, A Morning for Flamingos, Purple Cane Road), Jolie Blon's Bounce is bruising, moving, and beautifully composed -- an example of American crime fiction at its best and most highly evolved. (Bill Sheehan)...

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  • Jim
    2018-12-06 09:46

    James Lee Burke is probably one of the best authors out there when it comes to ability to describe people, places, and things. He is a master of his craft. The reader is transported to the setting of the story. In the Dave Robicheaux series this is usually in and around New Iberia and New Orleans in Louisiana. You will find yourself in the city tasting the food and listending to the music or on a boat in the bayou. His characters are vivid and colorful. It is good vs evil and there are reflections of the lingering aftereffects of the antebellum South.In Jolie Blon's Bounce the story opens with the brutal rape and murder of Amanda Boudreau, a beautiful teenage girl. The suspect is Tee Bobby Hulin, a young black man who is musically gifted but has a drug addiction and criminal history. Soon after there is another murder. This time a prostitute whose father, Joe Zeroski, is a member of organized crime. Among the other characters in this story are Legion Guidry, an embodiment of absolute evil and Marvin Oates, a mysterious Bible salesman who may not be the simple good ole boy that he appears to be. Clete Purcell, Robicheaux's former partner in the New Orleans PD, is in the story and still a train wreck waiting to happen. Dave is a recovering alcoholic and still struggles with his addiction. In this story he will have to take on painkillers after a severe beating at the hands of Legion. Dave must deal with not only the physical beating but the mental beating he puts himself through. Legion left him with scars that run deep and threaten his recovery.This story brings to the forefront the differences between the haves and the have not. Blacks are usually poor, uneducated, and descendants of slaves. Then there are the whites who are well to do, educated, and descendants of plantation owners. A haunting reminder of the antebellum South. There are other supernatural aspects in this story. Legion who appears to be the devil himself or in pact with the devil. A homeless man that Dave tries to help out who may, or may not, have been a medic in Vietnam and saved Dave when he was wounded. Like In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead and Dixie City Jam the supernatural is a key undercurrent throughout the story but it does not detract. Rather it seems to remind us that sometimes there are forces in play we may not understand.

  • J.K. Grice
    2018-12-02 14:49

    Burke is a great mystery writer and it's hard not to be entertained by his Dave Robicheaux series.

  • Carol.
    2018-12-02 17:54

    Good stuff, no doubt. Containing the wonderfully evocative writing I've come to expect from Burke, it built a world of mud and heat I could just about sink my toes into. Yet despite all the elements that make it a prototypical Robicheaux novel--as noted by Nanosynergy in their pointed review--it lacked a certain spice to really pull it together into exceptional.The story begins with a young girl brutally raped and murdered, and what seems to be an obvious suspect, a young black musician who had been dating the girl and whose prints were found on a can of beer nearby. Dave Robicheaux has doubts after the kid tries to suicide and a pillar of the community decides to represent him. Before long, a prostitute is found savagely beaten to death, and it starts to look like a serial killer. The woman, Linda, is connected to a crime family, and now her father is on the warpath. However, it isn't long before both cases are sidetracked as Dave follows the age-old private eye premise of harassing various people in hopes of seeing what shakes out. Mostly what shakes out are a lot of threats, but occasionally some beatings as well. Perhaps because I've been reading more police-type procedurals (as long as Ben Aaronovitch counts), but it surprised me that there wasn't more straight-up detecting, particularly as Robicheaux has official status. Robicheaux also feels aggressive when he meets various people connected with the case(s), which surprises me a bit from the charming Cajun I thought he was. Then again, I suppose this is book 8, so some things must have happened between book three and this one. Still, I found the general repetitiveness of the (lack of) plotting a little tiresome. Not enough to skip, but enough to put it down and wander away.Characters are interesting, particularly the renegade Clete, inarguably Dave's best friend and general wild card. Although Dave's wife and daughter make brief appearances, they seem to be more of an afterthought in this book. Dave's pseudo-addiction is a little tiresome, both from a plotting standpoint and from a psychological perspective. I'm definitely ambivalent about the reason for the addiction in this book, and if anyone wants to discuss, please let me know!Narrative is mostly from Dave's point of view, but there are a few others included. It's a little strange when stories of the past--both immediate and distant--are told as Burke moves the scene back in time and tells it from an omniscient point of view, including that of women being abused. It's very evocative, but leaves the mystery to head into literary fiction-land. Overall, not a bad read, just one that had me wishing for a bit more of actual detecting and less from the bar-brawler.Three and a half stars, rounding down to even out the average 4 stars rating.

  • Johnny
    2018-11-24 17:56

    This was the second book I read this week with an unexpected near-supernatural element to it. Jolie Blon's Bounce has to be one of the most disturbing books I've ever read. Talk about palpable evil? The text of this book should be hyperlinked to that phrase ("palpable evil") every time it's used. James Lee Burke is a master at reaching into the dark forces that shaped one's past and illuminating those demons--whether of alcoholism, drug abuse, sexual perversion, or violence. And all four of those demonic forces invade the reader's comfort zone in Jolie Blon's Bounce along with the racism and violent atrocities associated with Louisiana's past. There is even a powerful metaphor in the battle-scarred Confederate flag owned by one of the characters and displayed prominently in a glass case.The plot is simple. A young white girl is brutally raped and murdered. A young black male has plenty of circumstantial evidence pointed his way. Dave Robicheaux is not convinced of the perp's guilt, so he sets out to prove it either way. That quick synopsis is probably as ambivalent as the suspect himself. On the way hand, he seems to be a no-good dope addict and on the other hand, he seems to be a phenomenally talented zydeco musician. This gives Burke a chance to drop names like Clifton Chenier into the mix and remind people like me of some music I really enjoy that seems like a cross between blues and rock-a-billy.Cajun culture and tradition is highlighted throughout the story. I didn't realize that there was a grammatical construction similar to that in many languages where they use separable and inseparable pronouns. For example, in Latin, the pronoun is part of the verb. "Amo" means "I love." Sometimes, you read, "Ego te amo." Technically, that would be "I, I love you!" In some languages, the double pronoun is used for emphasis. Apparently, in Cajun, there are phrases that sound like "I will do this, me!" or "You better be going, you!" I didn't know that. I also didn't know about the game of bouree, a trick-taking card game where the trumps are determined randomly, that was mentioned twice.There is an antagonist in the book that I will never forget. His name is Legion Guidry and he is described as, "Legion Guidry comes from someplace the rest of us don't. That's a theological statement." (p. 230) A former prison guard and plantation slave overseer, this mass of pus and evil has supernatural strength and that kind of negative charisma that freezes almost everyone who comes into contact with him. Even presented by text on a page, this guy is scarier than the villain in a chain-saw movie. You find yourself wishing for the most horrible and disgusting violent acts to be perpetrated on him. What Robicheaux does is incredible and I won't spoil it.There is a potential suspect in the book. Almost a caricature of the Bible salesman in Paper Moon, you know there is something wrong with Marvin Oates from the time you meet him. But you just can't quite figure out where he fits in the situation. Like Guidry, he seems to have power beyond his person. You don't want to believe all those hymns and scriptural references he makes, but you just aren't sure, sometimes.There is also the benevolent black grandma, a victim of the plantation days. She makes a statement early on that the seed of whatever happened occurred long before, but she was unwilling to elaborate. That failure to speak almost wreaks ugly havoc in far too many lives.And what am I supposed to make of a mysterious figure named Sal Angelo, an Italian and fellow soldier from Dave's past. Is HE for real or does he represent something quite akin to his name (both of them, since it would be Salvatore Angelo)? It's another area where you might be on the verge of the supernatural. Burke doesn't go over the line in these areas, but he sure makes you wonder.My favorite line from the book was also the most haunting, "I was bothered by the nagging speculation that has troubled me since I became a police officer, namely, that no matter how heinous the crime or evil the deed, human beings feel at the time they commit the act that they are doing exactly what they are supposed to be doing." (p. 447) That was as sobering as some of the most frightening descriptions of atrocities I've read in my life.

  • Wayne Zurl
    2018-12-01 12:36

    JOLIE BLON’S BOUNCEI read this book almost ten years ago, but recently listened to the unabridged audio book, read by actor Will Patton.Looking at this book from a writer’s viewpoint, I must stand in awe of James Lee Burke. The plot is complicated and imaginative. It’s full of allegory and biblical references the average person may not understand (I didn’t) but thanks to main character and narrator, Dave Robicheaux, you’ll get a quick theology lesson, improve your knowledge of the bible a little, and see the parallel Burke uses to tell a story of (among other things) good and evil. I’ve always said James Lee Burke has few equals in his poetic ability to describe people, places and events. JOLIE BLON’S BOUNCE provides him with plenty of ground to do that over and over again and also exercise his talent for getting a reader into the heads of the assorted miscreants and psychos that litter the pages of all his books. He always provides you with a good lesson in abnormal psychology as it relates to his characters.And I love his characters. Whether they’re good guys or bad guys, they’re all train wrecks just waiting to roll over some spot in southern Louisiana. I doubt you’ll ever forget them.Will I enjoy the book, you ask? Kinda depends on what you like. This is NOT a light read. This is NOT a cozy mystery. What entertains you? This IS a dark, extremely well written police procedural. I generally do not afford a civilian writer much slack with their interpretation of how cops work, but Burke does a fine job dealing with the procedures and interpersonal machinations of the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Department. Everything is uncomplicated and realistic. He also pulls off an authentic representation of an alcoholic, and has uncanny success when giving life to the sociopaths and nut-jobs that walk through each day Robicheaux is on the job. I’d highly recommend any of James Lee Burke’s books and especially this one. 5 stars.

  • Nanosynergy
    2018-11-18 09:39

    I might as well go out on a limb and say that this may be the definitive book of the Dave Robicheaux series (of course I have several more to read in the series). It has Dave Robicheaux's addiction/violence/anger issues; Clete Purcell in all his bumbling, destructive, womanizing glory; a creepy antagonist with an applicable name that I will remember; a cast of dysfunctional characters overshadowed by their past (the Southern plantation wealthy, the Southern 'white trash,' the possibly lesbian cop; etc.); unrelenting darkness and violence; issues of prejudice and race in the South; Vietnam War veterans; the swamps and bayous; fishing and boats; Cajun culture and music; the criminal, drug and prostitute underbelly of New Iberia and Louisiana; cops whose behavior should put them behind bars or off the force; the rich descriptive language that evokes the region; the supernatural/spiritual and portent dreams; and last, but not least, an albino character (not the first in this series).For all this wrapped into one book, I'll give it 4 stars. (Although generally I knock off a star for an albino character. But as the albino is portrayed as clever and non-violent - although still a criminal - I am granting grace.)

  • Ubik 2.0
    2018-11-16 15:02

    “Questa è la Louisiana, Dave. Il Guatemala del nord. Smettila di pensare di vivere negli Stati Uniti e la vita avrà molto più senso”Pur avendo letto nel corso degli anni molti romanzi di Burke, non sono mai riuscito ad individuare i motivi profondi per cui alcuni episodi, questo “Jolie Blond’s Bounce” ad esempio, risultino così riusciti, magici, affascinanti ed altri (pochi per la verità) deludano nonostante il fatto che lo schema narrativo sia sostanzialmente omogeneo.Forse il segreto risiede nel grado di fusione della trama poliziesca sottostante con la descrizione dell’ambiente della Louisiana, inteso non solo come paesaggio, flora e fauna, luci e colori, ma anche e soprattutto come stato d’animo, personaggi, storia, musica, peso del passato sul presente.In questo senso La ballata di Jolie Blond presenta tutti gli ingredienti al posto giusto, non esiste figurante di questo romanzo, carnefice, testimone o vittima, che non affondi profondamente le proprie radici culturali e razziali nei drammi cruenti di un passato prossimo o remoto, fatto di bandiere confederate, musica cajun, piantagioni enormi, baracche di schiavi nello sconfinato labirinto dei canali del bayou e soprattutto storie, leggende, ballate che divagano dal presunto filo conduttore dell’indagine poliziesca, per dipingere caratteri estremi dalle tinte nette e contrastate come un tramonto sulla palude o il cielo di un uragano all’orizzonte.Alla fine, al netto di una ricerca tanto ossessiva quanto rituale dei colpevoli dell’uno o dell’altro efferato crimine, resta questa atmosfera che solo Burke sa descrivere, forse ripetendosi un poco (quante volte abbiamo letto la scena di qualcuno che arriva in auto e scende al pontile per parlare con un Robicheaux intento alle attività routinarie nella baracca del negozio di esche?) ma sapendo comunque infondere alle pagine una malìa di origini misteriose come un incantesimo voodoo. E “Legion” infine è uno dei personaggi più maligni che Burke abbia mai creato, e quando il “vilain” funziona ne guadagna tutto il romanzo…

  • Wendy
    2018-12-06 09:35

    This series is the best I've ever read. That being said, this was a little bit more violent than I enjoy reading but it still didn't take away from how much I really enjoyed it. James Lee Burke is the best!

  • Vannessa Anderson
    2018-11-27 13:37

    What I like about author James Lee Burke is that his bad guys are real life bad. Just when you thought that the human mind couldn’t conger crimes more horrendous then those you’ve already read about, James Lee Burke, like the artist he is with words, writes vile and gruesome images that makes you visualize them in color so vivid, they can evoke nightmares. James Lee Burke books will make you take second and third looks at relatives, neighbors, co-workers, strangers and acquaintances and, if you happen to be walking by yourself after the Sun has set, if you hear a noise, you’ll spend the rest of your walk looking over your shoulder. Author Burke descriptive images forces you to face that some humans claim to fame is how much pain they can inflict upon others before they murder them.In Jolie Blon’s Bounce, Dave Robicheaux is in search of the murderer of a young girl who was raped while alive and then raped again after she had been beaten to death.James Lee Burke writes in the same vein as Elmore Leonard writes in television program Justified. James Lee Burke’s books are not for readers who don’t want to or who can’t accept the dark side of their fellow humans. Mark Hammer understands the personalities of the characters and tells the story with so much imagery of the ugliness inflicted by one human upon another human that it’ll make you want to question your own ability to recognize the heartlessness in those who are sharing your environment.

  • Mary
    2018-11-18 12:00

    Another great Dave Robicheaux book. This one had a lot of great characters and intertwining plots. Now that I have had a chance to visit New Iberia I love this setting even more. I know that Dave and Clete are fictional characters but while I was visiting there I kept imagining them in that setting. I only have 2 more Dave Robicheaux books to read and I will have read all 18 or them. I guess I will have to reread some of my favorite ones again.

  • James
    2018-11-12 11:34

    I haven't been there physically, but James Lee Burke does a masterful job in placing you in the story. You can feel the heat while watching lightening flash across the night's sky. Your skin crawls with desperation of a depressed area. Your heart races with disgust as you are faced with one literature's most vile villains.Very good read and very smooth prose.

  • Sandie Brown
    2018-12-04 13:48

    Good read. All your favorite characters

  • Glen
    2018-11-11 14:50

    You don't have to have lived in Louisiana or elsewhere in the deep south to enjoy JLB's novels, but gosh it helps. I lived eight years in Georgia and one in Tennessee and visited New Orleans and Lafayette every chance I got, and he does a wonderful job evoking the look, mood, and feel of the country there, and the way history intertwines with climate and landscape to create emotional backdrops that are sometimes ominous, sometimes joyous, but never neutral or uninteresting. All of that is on display here, as are Burke's familiar cast of characters: Dave Robicheaux, Helen Soileau, Clete Purcel, Bootsie, Alafair, Batist, as are Burke's preoccupations with good and evil, moral ambiguity, race relations, violence and the dilemma of whether it is a necessary evil or just plain rotten, the struggle for sanity and sobriety, etc. All of this, plus Burke's amazing capacity for coming up with interesting story lines and twists, his ability to draw characters, and his love of a good turn of phrase or witty one-liner. So why didn't I give it five stars? Oddly enough, the most interesting and compellingly drawn new character, the demonic Legion Guidry, is also the one whose story, and particularly his demise, left this reader feeling a wee bit cheated. I have seen Burke reach deliberately for the deus ex machina device in another novel and I have to say I don't like it. That said, I still strongly recommend this novel to fans and newcomers alike. It's not his best, but it's very, very good indeed.

  • R.
    2018-11-22 17:36

    I often struggle with JLB, most times I feel like I waited entirely too long to become a fan and sometimes I wonder if I would have really appreciated and understood his style at any earlier age. Jolie Blon's Bounce is the work that has really epitomized that internal dilemma.In this book I realized that most of the Robicheaux series is constructed around a tight formula. Something occurs to set Dave into motion, and he of the eternal good heart bounces around off of the lives of the guilty and innocent alike, and irritating the sheriff in the process. His blunderbuss weapon of choice, Clete Purcell, wields mayhem and chaos while getting his heart broken by an unlikely cast of lovers. Dave and Clete take turns saving one another, and sometimes justice gets served to all. The thing is, I am ok with this formula. JLB writes the characters and the places so well, I want to experience them over and over again. JLB certainly delivers in this book.In Jolie Blon's Bounce, JLB seems to have made an important transition though. Where previously he seemed to flirt with the supernatural in the battle between good and true evil (setting aside In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead), this time JLB seems to have openly embraced those things that roam the darkness beyond site and consciousness, by giving them worldly shapes. An interesting observation for an aging character, living in the minds of an aging writer.

  • Dava Stewart
    2018-12-08 13:43

    This is, hands down, the best freebie I have download. There are three elements that make it outstanding: setting, characterization and style/plot.Burke writes about Louisiana as only a native - a person who is steeped in the seasons, the landscape, the culture, the language and the history of a place - can write. Both his love of and his disappointment in the setting come through clearly. Because I have similarly conflicted feelings about my own life setting, I can relate and that always makes a story better.I hate when characters are drawn in black and white, good and evil, boring and fun or whatever contrast the author wants to emphasize. There is only one character in this story who is wholly evil, and even he is a believable. The other characters are complex, with long histories that inform their actions and attitudes - you know, just like real people.Finally, it's a pretty good mystery. The ending is not predictable and the story is not a cliche. Burke's style is nice, too, which makes the reading easy and pleasurable. After reading I don't even know how many stunted, poorly written free ebooks, reading one this well written has reminded me how much I enjoy a good story.Recommended for people who like Louisiana, mysteries, cop stories or stories with a sting sense of place.

  • Connie
    2018-11-27 16:58

    I started this book this morning and am already hooked.I finished up JOLIE BLON'S BOUNCE by James Lee Burke and this was a very dark one. Dave had some more problems with his alcoholism in this one and I think that is one of the hardest things for me to read as it makes it even that more real to me. This book deals with a young girl that is murdered and Dave's trying to put the pieces together to figure out who the guilty party is. There are so many people that could have done the crime and it was really easy to see each of them doing it for any number of reasons. This one didn't seem to be as humorous as some of the others and maybe that is because the subject matter was very dark. Cletus is still getting into trouble and Dave was pretty badly beaten up. I love Helen Soilieu because she is so irreverent. When she says, "lock and load", she means it and takes off with a vengeance. His books always deal with a really bad criminal element and a lot of the books have to do with the mob that was in Louisiana. I know I can't wait to read the next one as Alafair has gone to college and it will just be Bootsie, Tripod and Dave at home now. Who will Tripod sleep with now?

  • Jack
    2018-12-05 12:59

    While I disagree with James Lee Burke's political ideology, one cannot deny that he is a master wordsmith, crafting a picturesque background against the lamentable faults and failings of his semi-tragic main character, Detective Dave Robicheaux. Like Robicheaux, Burke is a product of his environment. Louisiana is not like any other State. There, it doesn't really matter what political party you belong to, what matters is your social standing. You have royalty/the haves and you have the peons/have nots. The Robicheaux character tries desperately to iron out that playing field and make life fair to the peon class. Some days, it drives him back to his demon: alcohol.We can all identify with Robicheaux and his collection of misfits and outcasts. And he gets the job done, which is the only thing that keeps him going.I love Burke's work and I love how he paints a realistic picture of life in Southern Louisiana's bayou country.More to the point, I respect Burke's ability to tell a good story without giving away the ending. He is a master mystery writer.

  • Mike Hovis
    2018-11-14 17:51

    I've just finished reading Jolie Blon's Bounce. I really hate the story ended. It's one of those books I wish could just keep going. But it's good it did end because I wasn't getting any work done since I could hardly put the book down.James Lee Burke has done such a fine job constructing the places and people in the Robicheaux series that each time I start a new book in the series it's like visiting a place where I've lived. I arrive there to learn that more evil has come, but that Dave is still on the job. And though I know he is a flawed man, his sense of righting wrongs and protecting the people and place he loves will lead him to the inevitable conquest of the bad guys. The thrills are in reading how he arrives at the eventual victory.If you like a real page turner; if you love descriptions of people, places, and situations that are described so expertly that you want to re-read them a few times, then read this book. It's absolutely wonderful.

  • Marti
    2018-11-24 09:59

    If you have never read a book by James Lee Burke (or his daughter Alafair Burke) you should try one. The Denver Post refers to him as "American's best novelist." His recurring character is policeman Dave Robicheaux, who lives in New Iberia, Louisiana near New Orleans. To say that he is a flawed character is an understatement. There is an ample sprinkling of sex, and of course, violence. It took quite a while before I found to what the title refers, a particular piece of music by one of the characters.This would probably be a good book to read in the dead of winter in the endless cold, because then you could picture the steamy heat of the south.

  • Mary Dean
    2018-12-03 10:45

    James Lee Burke is on of my all time favorite crime novel writers. His understanding of human nature and his ability to make you feel the presence of evil is astounding. I have read and reread or listened to audio books of his selections including Jolie Blon's bounce on many occasions. He also captivates you with the portrait he paints of places like New Orleans, New Iberia Parish or Montana. His books are must reads for mystery lovers.

  • J. Kent Messum
    2018-11-25 17:58

    I've read a few of Burke's novels, but none have impressed me as much as 'Jolie Blon's Bounce'. I dig the Robicheaux character, and Burke's prose is impressive (though I think he's really in his element with action and dialogue), but this is his one novel that stuck with me long after I'd finished it. A great story that gives a reader plenty to think about. In particular, the character of Legion Guidry made my blood to run cold at least a couple times.

  • Marguerite
    2018-11-15 17:01

    This book turned me into a fan of James Lee Burke. His characters, especially the recurring ones, have great depth. His settings are spectacular, sometimes almost supernatural. The crimes are unspeakable, but Burke speaks of them eloquently. The suspense is maintained, to the point of keeping me up to finish his books. I'm always surprised and delighted by this series.

  • Kathleen Valentine
    2018-11-23 16:54

    This was my second time reading this book and I loved it even more. Burke may be one of the best writers in America and this may be one of his best books. Dark, gothic and fascinating with a cast of characters impossible to imagine and yet entirely believable. Brilliant book.

  • Scott Nicholson
    2018-11-13 10:36

    Burke makes you scream, laugh, cry, and think...and that's pretty darned good for any writer! One of the best in America, in any genre.

  • Laura Martone
    2018-11-28 17:00

    Another awesome installment in the Robicheaux series! Lyrical, tense, and heart-wrenching as always.

  • Ramon4
    2018-11-22 14:34

    Of all the Dave Robicheaux stories, I enjoyed this one the most.

  • Carolyn (in SC) C234D
    2018-11-12 11:44

    Powerful novel, with violence aplenty. Great characters and atmosphere. Always enjoy James Lee Burke, even though it's not light reading. He can make you sweat and shiver.

  • Tom Swift
    2018-12-10 09:40

    Another great read from JLB.

  • Ari
    2018-11-22 16:42

    As I promised after my first Burke novel I have now read one more :-)Same characters, same style - and same three stars. I will probably read other books from Burke also after this one even though they seem to be quite alike. As I said after the first one: "Just read and don't think too much". Fast and easy reading. No complaints about that.This story was as rough and violent as expected. I would presume some female readers would dislike the blunt macho style. Quite many I think. Couldn't blame them for that. This was partly very brutal and bloody. Also one of the villains was like a horrific visitor from a Stephen King story. A timeless crystallization of supernatural evil.As a side note I must say that constant lightnings and thunderstorms started to feel almost comical. Even old Frankenstein movies can't compete with this :-) Is it really like that in Louisiana? Every day and night? Syvän etelän bluesLIKE 2004

  • Rob
    2018-12-09 10:42

    An earlier Dave Robicheaux thriller (2002 and the 12th in the series), Burke returns with his popular character in a novel rich with atmosphere, ripe with menace, and filled with the kind of crackling dialogue that has made Burke a consistent best-selling author. The plot doesn’t matter. If you love Burke, this one will offer you a few days of wondering why other fiction writers can’t write the way Burke does, causing you to savor so many of his descriptive sentences.