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A Morning For Flamingos Paperback – 6 Jul 2000

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  • 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.

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'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.

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This is the fourth of the Dave Robicheaux series of novels, and in my opinion, the best so far.
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!
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Some writers in particular genres lift themselves out of said genre and get into 'proper literature'. I think JLB is one of them. I've heard or seen him called 'one of America's finest prose stylists' and I'd go along with that. Of course we're always in the heart of darkness inhabited by the criminal lowlifes of New Orleans, but his psychological insights and his descriptive writing are as good as you'll find anywhere. His evocation of the southern Louisiana landscape is full of sound and beauty - and indeed smells - and his willingness to show his main character's weaknesses make Robicheaux both enduring and endearing. His insights into alcoholism are among the best I have read, in fact or fiction. There is a lyrical quality to his writing which makes it a genuine and lasting pleasure. I'm working my way through all 20 Robicheaux books. Can't recommend highly enough. Why are there no Robicheaux movies yet?
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Burke's style and powers of description are magical. You live there. You live through the gritty crime with him, enthralled!
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I'm steadily working my way through the Dave Robicheaux books and so far this is my favourite by a long way.Burke's almost poetic style of writing is so enjoyable to read and such a contrast to the strong level of violence that is an integral part of his novels.This was one of those books that I couldn't stop reading because I had to know how things were going to end up,and then when I reached the end I wished there was more of the same.
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Published in 1990 as the fourth in the seventeen-novel Dave Robicheaux series, A Morning for Flamingoes, while often violent, also shows Robicheaux's softer side, his overwhelming love for his adopted daughter Alafair, then six years old; his respect for Clete Purcell, despite Clete's problems with drugs and drinking; his desire to help Tee Bone, a young black man he thinks does not deserve the penalty he may get for murder; his desire to renew a romance with Bootsie, a woman he jilted when he was twenty; and his sensitivity toward the severely handicapped child of a Mafia lord who is running the drug business in New Orleans. Though he is more than capable of holding his own in any shootout and has a violent streak a mile wide--developed during his experience with hand-to-hand combat in Vietnam--about which he still has nightmares--he is more stable than he has been in the past, and "clean."

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.
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Any of you who have read my previous James Lee Burke (Robicheaux Series) reviews will know that I have struggled with his style of writing or to be more precise, his constant use of slang. While this type of writing might be exactly how they speak in this part of the world, at times it has left me a little bewildered, however I still found this a great read, my favourite so far. I do at times have to make assumptions as to what exactly Burke actually means, but that being said I still really enjoyed this book and got quite engrossed. This fourth enstallment, sees Robicheaux going undercover to try and catch a drug lord, however Robicheaux does get quite attached to Cardo (the druglord) and strikes up a good relationship with him.

A good read especially if you can translate the slang used.
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