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Vietnam vet Dave Robicheaux has turned in his detective's badge, is winning his battle against booze, and has left New Orleans with his wife for the tranquil beauty of the Louisiana bayou. But a plane crash on the Gulf brings a young girl into his life - and with her comes a netherworld of murder, deception and homegrown crime. Suddenly Robicheaux is confronting Bubba Rocque, a brutal hood he's known since childhood, Rocque's hungry Cajun wife, and a Federal agent with more guts than sense. In a backwater world where a swagger and a gun go further than the law, Robicheaux and those he loves are caught on a tide of violence far bigger than them all.
©1996 James Lee Burke; (P)1996 Simon & Schuster Inc., AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Heaven's Prisoners never loses tension-strongly recommended." (The New York Times Book Review)
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By John on 06-08-07

Weak for Burke

I have read Burke and loved his great coloring, his pithy rendering of characters. Having never been on a bayou, I think I would know it if I was by his descriptions, even the smell of the place.
Now comes the real challenge> getting someone to read the work, someone who will not run the whole thing into a ditch. But, here comes Will Patton and not only are Burke's words NOT sinking beneath the lily pads, but they actually soar to new heights. So infused is Will's voice in my mind now, I cannot read Burke any longer without hearing it in Will's voice and inflection.

A rare conjunction of two wonderful talents! Crush some more mint into that Mint Julep and enjoy the trip!

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By Richard J. Strasma on 01-03-16

Where is the unabridged version?

What disappointed you about Heaven's Prisoners?

Shame on you, Audible. This book is not abridged; it's butchered. A 3-hour long version, compared to the unabridged length of over 11 hours. Will Patton and James Lee Burke are a good team -- my rating does not reflect the writing or the performance. The unabridged version was issued by Recorded Books. Go find it, Audible!

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