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Posted August 7, 2007
Robicheaux character is addictive
A friend suggested I read Burke's books a few months ago, so I'm just 'new' to the Robicheaux series...I started with the first book of the series and I will read them all. Robicheaux can't help himself, he's so human, complex, devout in his faith, compassionate, but just don't mess with him - you have to like him. And in all the drama and chaos in Robicheaux's life Burke writes so beautifully and describes every minute detail, is so descriptive of the human element and nature's surroundings at the same time. When Burke describes the dreams of Robicheaux, the fishing camps, his past, the countryside - its the best I've ever read. I couldn't put the book down. Burke tells a good, suspensful drama.
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Posted April 18, 2013
This trade paperback reprint brings back an early Dave Robicheau
This trade paperback reprint brings back an early Dave Robicheaux novel (first published in 1989) in which he travels from his native Louisiana to Montana to escape his guilt over the murder of his wife. Of course, the familiar territory is covered: his attendance at AA meetings, care for an adopted refugee girl from El Salvador, among other things.
A land-hungry oil company is pitted against the interests of a Blackfoot reservation, and when two American Indian activists disappear, Dave’s investigation puts him squarely in the sights of mafia thugs and the oil interests. Also, he enters into a romance with Darlene American Horse, his ex-partner’s girlfriend.
The broad sweep of the story helps Dave relieve the demons of his grief, loss, fear, rage and need for vengeance. And the author shows how graphically and wonderfully he can write about the broad vistas of Montana’s red cliffs and tree-line hills, as well as the accustomed bayous of Louisiana, and the multi-ethnic aspects of the United States.
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Posted February 15, 2013
Ghosts, Flaws, Weakness and Gumbo. Enough to go around.
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I began at the end of the series, and have finally gotten back to the beginning. For readers new to James Lee Burke, it's not an absolute necessity, but for this reader, it make the overall meal much tastier. If you like your Main Characters cut from whole human being cloth, you will not find many who do it better than Mr. Burke. Dave Robicheaux is so fully formed, you'll swear you shared a joke with him last week at the bait shop. The folks he loves, the ones he misses, the ones he wished he was missing, are all equally defined and equally annoying at times. They are all combating scores of personal, very understandable demons and have nevertheless gotten themselves into predictable, poor situations and relationships that serve them anyway but well. The writing is crisp and the plot carries the reader along on one absorbing journey after another. That's another consummate skill of this storyteller -- in a very few words, Burke can transport a reader into a setting so completely you can hear the crickets outside. If South Louisiana is a favorite destination for you, or also in this case, the Northern Rockies in Montana, you'll find few other writers who can capture the milieu more completely. As far as the characters who slide and do battle across these pages, you'll remember each and every one -- no toss-away people in these stories. Redemption is as redemption does. It comes for some and not for others, just like life. Reading Burke for me has become a vacation taken inexpensively, when necessary. Plan to visit yourself, soon, y'hear?
Posted July 31, 2010
Robicheaux is Rock Solid
Burke's third in the series packs a punch just as the first two Robicheaux novels. His writing style is perfect, drawing the reader in immediately and keeping our attention throughout. He builds weaving story lines and has created a great hero in Robicheaux. By the end of this one, we've been given a great tale, more of Dave's depth is revealed and Burke has created other lasting characters. Looking forward to reading all in this series.
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Posted October 3, 2011
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