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Three Great Novels - Robicheaux: The Early Years "The Neon Rain", "Heaven's Prisoners", "Black Cherry Blues" [Paperback]

James Lee Burke
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20 Dec 2004

THE NEON RAIN:

When Johnny Massina, a convicted murderer bound for the electric chair, warns Dave Robicheaux he's on somebody's hit list, the Cajun detective is rocketed into a situation with chilling consequences. THE NEON RAIN is the first highly acclaimed novel in the Dave Robicheaux series.

HEAVEN'S PRISONERS:

Dave Robicheaux is trying to put a life of violence and crime behind him, leaving homicide to run a boat-rental business in Louisiana's bayou country. But one day a small two-engine plane suddenly crashes into the sea and Robicheaux dives down to the wreckage to find four bodies and one survivor: a little girl miraculously trapped in a pocket of air. When the authorities insist only three bodies were recovered from the plane, Robicheaux decides to investigate the mystery of the missing man.

BLACK CHERRY BLUES:

Personal tragedy has left Dave Robicheaux close to the edge. Battling against his old addiction to alcohol, Dave finds his only tranquillity at home with his young ward Alafair. But even this fragile peace is shattered by the arrival of Dixie Lee Pugh who brings with him a brutal trail of murder and violence.



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  • Paperback: 632 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (20 Dec 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752868306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752868301
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 15.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 611,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Lee Burke is the author of many previous novels, many featuring Detective Dave Robicheaux. He won the Edgar Award in 1998 for Cimarron Rose, while Black Cherry Blues won the Edgar in 1990 and Sunset Limited was awarded the CWA Gold Dagger in 1998. He lives with his wife, Pearl, in Missoula, Montana and New Iberia, Louisiana.

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'The most impressive body of crime fiction in America today' Independent.

About the Author

James Lee Burke is the author of nineteen previous novels, including eleven featuring Detective Dave Robicheaux. He lives with his wife, Pearl, in Missoula, Montana and New Iberia, Louisiana.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding modern literature 28 Jan 2006
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Format:Paperback
Burke's books are outstanding, particularly those about his alter ego Dave Robicheaux. Apart from being a 'good crime read' the characters are complex and realistic. Burke's description of Louisiana is evocative both as to the society, history and geography. At times the description of Robicheaux's feelings and personality is sublime. Burke/ Robicheaux are on the side of the good guys, but as flawed characters struggling with themselves as much as the hostile society in which they live. Marvellous.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent character driven story 3 Aug 2006
Format:Paperback
The Dave Robichoux series just gets better and better. Burkes is a superb author, able to paint vivid pictures and create a landscape filled with real characters. This is detective storytelling with a difference. Do yourself a favour and buy some of this stuff - you won't be dissapointed.

DO NOT buy this book if you like simple plots, two dimensional characters and BOYS OWN storytelling.
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1.0 out of 5 stars An absolute cliche 23 Jan 2006
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Format:Paperback
I was given this book as a Christmas present. I'm already scheming how to exact my revenge.
This book was rubbish - cliched and unbelievable with a plot that didn't make sense.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun reading. 10 Nov 2013
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Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Love the La. and New Orleans backdrop for his stories. Burke makes for fun reading with a little action and mystery. Like the Robicheaux character, he's kinda flawed like many of us.
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