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Don't do it Jimmy Dale, don't do it...
This was a magnificent listen. God bless James Lee Burke and Will Patton. I was a little hesistant when I read Dave was going off to Montana, wondering how Burke could pull it off, but the same beauty of language, the same craft in his writing, and the same wonderful plotting held up to even the best of the Louisiana novels. I listened to it straight through, except for a little sleep, and found my self pacing back and forth several times and rewinding many times just to listen again to Patton's gorgeous rendition of Burke's beautiful words. I rarely talk outloud to characters in a book, but I was constantly giving advice to Jimmy Dale and Nix. There was an interesting juxtaposition in this book that I haven't seen in other Burke books, the seemingly evil and despicable Nix winds up a someone you feel like rooting for...odd for Burke.
As an aside, some of the vulgarisms Clete comes up with just stun me (and I raised three teenaged boys). It's Burke's knack for description in a different version. Also, lots of political swipes here that I wish would've been left out...it so jars the pace of the story. King, Parker, and now Burke can't seem to leave well enough alone.
Burke is a national treasure. His previous books will stand as testament to what New Orleans was pre-Katrina and I hope soon that he will re-visit New Orleans with the same love and deep lushness of description that we've come to expect.
Since Mr. Burke is getting on in years, I treasure each book with such love, hoping it won't be his last.
And as for Will Patton, he should receive every single reader award that can be bestowed on him.
Geez, what a great book this was...
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The dynamic duo is James Lee Burke and Will Patton. I have not seen an author and narrator so suited to each other. Any Burke novel with Patton narrating is a five star work. I wish all his other novels could be reread by Patton. I am sure they would get raves too. This latest book takes place not in New Orleans but in the big sky country. It does not matter though, because Robacheux, I cant spell that, is the same tough cop. I want more.
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