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The Neon Rain

Narrated by: Will Patton
Series: Dave Robicheaux, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Dave Robicheaux has been warned that he's on somebody's hit list, and now the homicide detective is trying to discover just who that is before he ends up dead.

Meanwhile he has taken on the murder investigation of a young black girl found dead in the Bayou swamp. Robicheaux uncovers a web of corruption that leads him to a terrifying confrontation with the one horror he fears most of all.

©1987 James Lee Burke (P)2009 Recorded Books LLC

Critic Reviews

"Fine writing that is far above the crime-fiction norm and manages to stand comparison with the very best contemporary novels" ( Sunday Express)
"A fine American writer who deserves to be far better known on this side of the Atlantic…poetic and passionate" ( Sunday Telegraph)

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Not every book that wins awards will win your heart

I was expecting to enjoy this book but the writing style was laboured and cliched. It felt dated and without nuance. Lovers of this genre must have given this the thumbs up for it to achieve its awards but I was so unimpressed that I doubt I could be enticed to read another book from this author.

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Dirty, splendid and performed superbly.

Very well performed, different accents for characters and gripping as hell. so very happy.. great..

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  • Specs2789
  • 23-04-2020

What a wordsmith

This man is the most phenomenal writer. he brings landscape to life as well as characters. There us a certain sameness, perhaps, as we get into the books of the late teens--the unappealing but essentially decent apparent bad guy, the LA Confidential sleazy but true woman, the fundamental bond between soldiers--but so what. They are moving nonetheless. When you come to the end of a JLB book you feel as if you had been kicked out of your home.

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  • Rachel
  • 07-08-2018

Not bad but not great

Narrator was good. Enjoyed the flavour of NOLA it conjured up. But honestly I was waiting for it to heat up, get interesting, but it never did.

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  • D. Munro
  • 29-02-2016

Best of Robicheaux

I have read or listened to all of the Robicheaux stories and think this is the best. Also, Will Patton is, by far, the best narrator in the audio series because of his ability to create an infinite number of voices and personalities. He makes the story run like a movie in your head. I was slightly disappointed that Clete receded in the second half of the plot but, overall, it was hard to switch off.

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  • Pete
  • 23-11-2013

Transports you there, lock, stock and both barrels

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A thoroughly enjoyable story. Will Patton presents it superbly. I suspect a few people spend more time in their car than is really required due to this audio book.

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  • YaHozna
  • 06-05-2020

Absolutely terrific

I must admit I'd never come across James Lee Burke before but was attracted by the other reviews here. Wonderful dialogue, sometimes redolent of Raymond Chandler, and full of evocative descriptions of New Orleans and the Deep South. Excellent narration too with a great variety of Louisiana accents. Was going to go straight to the next book but Audible only has a very small selection of the 'Dave Robicheaux' stories recorded. Get a move on, Audible!

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  • rbg
  • 13-02-2020

High time Dave Robicheaux books were on Audible

Brilliant books brilliantly narrated hurry up with the others in the series please. I have been an avid reader of these books since they were released so I'm overjoyed that they are now being released in audible as I prefer to listen to books rather than music when working. These books are so well written and Will Patton does such a wonderful job of the narration, you can actually visualise the scenes, it's like you are there. I thoroughly enjoyed this and am really looking forward to the next one and all the other Dave Robicheax books despite reading them many times over the years. Please hurry up with them.

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  • np
  • 07-01-2020

Enjoyed this book.

Good story line. Characters well formed. The love story on the side felt out of place. Overall enjoyed it a lot.

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  • paul walukiewicz
  • 27-03-2018

Evocative wonderful professional production

You can tell that a great deal of effort has gone into this production. The writing and characterisation are excellent. Perfect Retro-American Deep-South Cop Novel with flushed out characters and plot. The whole story and tone reminds me a great deal of the original true detective series.

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  • Mc Pits
  • 26-07-2017

Great start but middle section boring

Great narration. Too much emphasis on alcoholism in the middle. Very atmospheric deep south descriptions.