- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Arrow; New edition edition (6 July 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099415577
- ISBN-13: 978-0099415572
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.5 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"As elegant and moody as a New Orleans night."--Toronto Globe and Mail
"No one writes better detective novels. . .A creator of muscular, violent, headlong stories that honor and at the same time expand conventions of the form. . .Truly astonishing."--Washington Post Book World
"For grand escape, get your hands on A MORNING FOR FLAMINGOS. Burke is one of the most polished mystery novelists alive; his hero, Cajun detective Dave Robicheaux, is as ripe and as real as they get. . .The man can write."--Boston Globe
"The plotting is intricate and the action is robust. . .Burke creates rich, complicated characters and treats them with tremendous compassion. And he fashions passages of prose as haunting as any writer at work in America today."--New Orleans Times-Picayune
No one writes better detective novels. . .A creator of muscular, violent, headlong stories that honor and at the same time expand conventions of the form. . .Truly astonishing. --Washington Post Book World"
For grand escape, get your hands on A MORNING FOR FLAMINGOS. Burke is one of the most polished mystery novelists alive; his hero, Cajun detective Dave Robicheaux, is as ripe and as real as they get. . .The man can write. --Boston Globe"
As elegant and moody as a New Orleans night. --Toronto Globe and Mail"
The plotting is intricate and the action is robust. . .Burke creates rich, complicated characters and treats them with tremendous compassion. And he fashions passages of prose as haunting as any writer at work in America today. --New Orleans Times-Picayune" --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
'No argument: James Lee Burke is among the finest of all contemporary American novelists' DAILY MAIL --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
The plot surrounds Robicheaux going undercover for the DEA and infiltrating a mob drugs ring.
However, where the book really comes into it's own is Burke's portrayal of Robicheaux's relationship with the head of the drugs cartel, who is a superb, multi-faceted character. A troubled Vietnam veteran, he seeks answers and redemption from Robicheaux, whom he sees as a kindred spirit. A far cry from the stereotypical drug dealer, Burke creates an enigma, and provides reasons, if not excuses for his trade in narcotics.
Running through the book is Robicheaux's obsession with Jimmie Lee Boggs, an escaped convict who shot Robicheaux in his escape whilst being transported to jail. Boggs is an interesting element in the book, as his actions form the basis upon which the entire novel is centred, yet he himself rarely appears. This concept works extremely well.
Woven into the story are other characters from Robicheaux's past; Nate Baxter, Minos Dautrieve, Cletus Purcell and the mysterious Bootsie, Robicheaux's first love, who is referred to in the previous novels and is developed further here.
In addition to this, the narrative and descriptions of landscape and location are of the usual excellent Burke standard.
Great fiction transcends genre, and this is great fiction. This book should be read by anyone who enjoys reading the works of an author at the height of their powers.
If the Robicheaux books continue to improve at this rate, Amazon will need to introduce a 6 star rating!
While transporting two prisoners, Robicheaux's partner disobeys protocol and stops at a restroom at the request of a prisoner, Jimmie Lee Boggs. The prisoner finds a hidden gun inside, kills Robicheaux's partner, and escapes. Because he is a witness and may be considered an accomplice to the murder of the cop, the other prisoner, young Tee Bone, who has already been convicted of a murder he may not have committed, has no choice but to run.
Determined to get Jimmie Lee Boggs, Robicheaux accepts the job of undercover agent for the DEA and moves to New Orleans from New Iberia. His past history makes it plausible to the gangsters running drugs that he has been fired from the police department, and he makes buys and sets up potential stings.Read more ›
A good read especially if you can translate the slang used.
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