The Neon Rain (Dave Robicheaux Series #1)

The Neon Rain (Dave Robicheaux Series #1)

by James Lee Burke
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The Neon Rain (Dave Robicheaux Series #1) by James Lee Burke



Detective Dave Robicheaux has fought too many battles: in Vietnam, with killers and hustlers, with police brass, and with 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 becomes involved in the case of a young prostitute whose body is found in a bayou. Thrust into the world of drug lords and arms smugglers, Robicheaux must face down a subterranean criminal world and come to terms with his own bruised heart in order to survive.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780671756444
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 02/01/1992
Series: Dave Robicheaux Series , #1
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 4.22(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

James Lee Burke is a New York Times bestselling author, two-time winner of the Edgar Award, and the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts in Fiction. A legend of the mystery genre, he's authored thirty-two novels and two short story collections including Robicheaux, Light of the World, Creole Belle, Swan Peak, The Tin Roof Blowdown, and Feast Day of Fools. He lives in Misoula, Montana.


New Iberia, Louisiana and Missoula, Montana

Date of Birth:

December 5, 1936

Place of Birth:

Houston, Texas


B.A., University of Missouri, 1959; M.A., University of Missouri, 1960

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The Neon Rain (Dave Robicheaux Series #1) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't understand why this book is so highly's downright terrible. Predictable cliched plot, uninteresting characters and mind-numbing dialogue aside, this novel suffers greatly from one laughably unrealistic moment after another. For example, in one chapter, the main character Dave Robicheaux (a New Orleans Homicide Detective) is pulled over and harassed by corrupt sheriffs in bayou country who attempt toarrest him at gunpoint. Dave is quick on the draw though, and handcuffs the two cops to their car (really?). He then hitches a ride with a female stranger, a witness to the whole event, who ends up becoming his love interest after a day or two (really?!). Then on their very first date, three goons break into her apartment, they beat Dave bloody and nearly drown him in the tub, and one of them molests the woman. The goons escape before the cops arrive, and after being questioned by the police DAVE AND THE WOMAN ARE STILL TOGETHER AND THEY SHARE PERSONAL STORIES WITH EACH OTHER (REALLY?!!). It's pretty much like this the whole book. Dave gets in serious deadly trouble, survives, then ignores every higher rank's orders and gets himself in trouble again, rinse, repeat. No real detective work, no consequences from the brass whatsoever. Just mindless action and tough guy attitudes, with Vietnam flashbacks tacked on for good measure. The star is for it's setting New Orleans, the only reason I got the book and the only interesting thing about it.
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10 pages of very perdictable action, 210 pages of sunsets and how he felt about them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Over-detailed Environment You have no idea how much I wanted to like this book. Really messed-up characters always makes for an interesting read and "Neon Rain" has that aplenty. The interesting storyline attracts you with the different intertwining relationships among characters. And the dialogue is amazing. So what's so bad about "Neon Rain"? In my opinion its the too detailed description of the environment. Yes, I get that the author is trying to create an audio-visual-olfactory world in which the events are happening. Yes, I get that the author is trying to show that the environment mirrors what the characters are feeling. But, like I said, it was too, TOO, much details that killed the excitement for this book.
Delboy More than 1 year ago
I really tried to read this book but I just can't get past some glaring problems that relate to my own personal experience. It seems as though the author did little to no research about law enforcement and even less about guns. Maybe he thought watching a few episodes of "Cops" was enough research. The author also describes guns and what they're capable of doing in a very strange, unrealistic way. Disappointed
SlapShot62 More than 1 year ago
Started at the beginning of this series and I'm glad I did. This book is simply outstanding. Burke introduces a strong, deep and complex character and surrounds him with a great story and a load of other folks that draw the reader's interest. I finished this one pretty quick and will jump right into the next in the series. This will have you hooked within the first couple of pages and it never slows down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
got bored with it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Just love Dave Robichaux, Burke's nearly fatally-flawed protagonist, who has more internal demons than hell can dream up. But he gets the job done, another helluva of a mystery.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was turned on to Mr. Burke by the NY Times Book Review Crime Page. I have now read several of Mr. Burke's books, including 'The Neon Rain' and fully intend to read his entire output. I find his style of writing unique, knowledgeable and so different from any other plodding mystery writers. I note that on the cover of this book Publisher's Weekly says 'Reminiscent of Elmore Leonard....' and I beg to differ. Any prospective purchaser reading that quip and having read any of Leonard's drivel would immediately forget buying 'The Neon Rain'. In my ever humble opinion there is absolutely no companrison between James Lee Burke and Elmore Leonard. If I were Mr. Burke and read that comparison I would consider at least ending my writing days or at most, shooting myself. James Lee Burke is a real writer who writes in detail of what he knows. I suspect he has spent a great deal of time on backgrounds, on notes and on the streets in the real life of his characters. Well done Mr. Burke!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you're a big fan of Burke's or just want to read a fast-paced crime drama about the side of New Orleans that you never see, then this book is for you!!!!
Anonymous 11 months ago
Very good book held my interest all the way through
Dr_Eureka More than 1 year ago
I am a lover of great literature as well as a fan of the kind of mystery novel you can read on the subway or in the airport. This book worked for me on both levels - like the best mysteries of Mankell, Pelecanos, and Rankin, James Burke creates a sympathetic detective in a rich and dangerous, yet familiar, setting. But I'll be damned if his descriptions of Lake Ponchartrain didn't hit me just like Gatsby looking out at the green light across Long Island sound. As a Louisiana native, I felt his evocation of New Orleans rang true, and Dave Robicheaux's struggles with his job, booze, and his relationships all felt authentic to me. Bravo and thank you Mr Burke!
jag7 More than 1 year ago
The visual descriptions are rich and colorful, and the characters are raw and real. I liked the read. Good story.
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guym More than 1 year ago
Too many rabbit trails that led nowhere. I will never read this author again
Sodapop74 More than 1 year ago
My mom kept telling me about James Lee Burke and his Dave Robicheaux series and I finally bought this one. I really enjoyed it and didn't want to put it down! The author's way of describing a scene makes you feel like you are really standing next to Robicheaux in Louisiana. I could feel everything he was feeling. I will continue to read these books!
SUEHAV More than 1 year ago
Got through 137 pages & that was enough! Description after description. Dave getting repeatedly beaten up & back to drinking yada yada yada.
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