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Dave Robicheaux had begun to put the pieces of his broken life together again when an old friend turned up on his doorstep, dredging up old memories and new threats.
©1989 James Lee Burke (P)1993 Recorded Books, LLC.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 01-04-2018

Such a pleasure

I enjoyed the wonderful audio performance and exotic accents. Rich descriptions and deep loss. Very good

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By Catherine on 04-05-2014

Atmospheric, gripping, well paced

James Lee Burke was recommended to me recently as the 'most brilliant rendering of the deep south USA'. Actually, this did not make me rush to try his work because it made me assume, incorrectly, that crime novels of this location must necessarily be about the bleak past of the southern states. In fact, history and politics are worn lightly in this novel, in which the characters have their own strong morality, carefully drawn characters, specific histories and are deeply engaging. I cared deeply about Dave, Batista and everyone in their quasi family by the close of the novel, and the plot was outstanding: unpredictable, convincing and sustained. To start with, I found Hammer's very slow reading pace a struggle, but once this became the sounds of the scenery, the bayou, the boats, then it became very rhythmic and natural. Hammer's pace actually changed a lot, particularly at moments of high tension or action, but if you are a fan of Mankell or Nesbo's atmospheric north, then give Burke's south, and Hammer's accents, a try.
I tend not to write reviews about mediocre works - saving them for the books I really loved, or really cannot leave behind. I will definitely be listening now to the rest of the Robichaux series. I NEED to know what happens next in their lives...

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5 out of 5 stars
By Karren on 15-07-2018

a great holiday listen

My first experience with this narrator, and I wasn’t sure he would live up to Will Patton,but he does.

This is quite a complex story and several times I had to rewind to catch the names etc, lying on my sun-bed, it has been a really good listen and thoroughly enjoyable.
Another JLB. Triumph!


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