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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Audio Book Review and Giveaway: A Morning for Flamingos by James Lee Burke

This is solid detective/crime entertainment.  
Morning For Flamingo by James Lee Burke
Morning For FlamingoRead by Will Paton

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; abridged edition edition (December 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671736116
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671736118
Genre: Detective Mystery
      My Rating: 4.25
A Cajun cop infiltrates the mob... but is he too close?
Clutching the shards of his shattered life, Cajun detective Dave Robicheaux has rejoined the New Iberia police force. While transporting two death-row prisoners, Dave is wounded and his partner killed -- reopening the doors to a past he would have rather kept closed.

Now he's trailing a killer into the heart of the Big Easy's underworld. Increasingly possessed by his undercover role, Robicheaux surprisingly forms an intimate bond with a Mafia don. Embroiled in a world of drug dealers, prostitutes and double-crosses, Robicheaux must still confront his most dangerous enemy -- himself.

Rich with fascinating characters and dramatic plot twists, the audio debut of James Lee Burke and his Cajun detective Dave Robicheaux recalls the best of Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe -- tough, complex and thoroughly entertaining.
Review: I really enjoy this detective character and the slow draw of Will Patton’s narration

Dave Robicheaux has had some rough times in his life. He grew up in rural Louisiana with an alcoholic father, his mother having abandoned them. He ran into trouble as a New Orleans Police Officer, he struggles with demon memories from the Vietnam war and when his wife was murdered he spent a good amount of time sunk in a bottle. Now he works as a detective in the quieter town of Iberia. But somehow trouble still finds him.

Reluctantly Dave agrees to go undercover and return to New Orleans for a sting on the local Mob and drug dealers. Part of what he is seeking though is a chance to take out the vicious man who murdered his partner. The story is full of action with a troubled kid from the hood, a nasty murderer, a slick mafia don, an old sweetheart, and more. There are twists and double crosses that leave Dave treading water just to keep his head up (literally).  There are dark emotions with Dave continually fighting depression, and there is soft and sultry romance.

This is an earlier book (#4) in the Robicheaux series and I have listened to later stories.   Robicheaux is a tormented, broody and complex character. Although he doesn’t necessarily play (or work) by the rules, he is a good man seeking justice.  Even though the crime world created is dark and gritty, I do enjoy the word pictures that Burke creates. Maybe you can get a feel for the prose by the opening paragraph:
We parked the car in front of the parish jail and listened to the rain beat on the roof. The sky was black, the windows fogged with humidity and white veins of lightening pulsated in the bank of thunder clouds out on the Gulf.
Will Patton does a marvelous job narrating the story with his soft, dark, sultry southern accent. He is a master storyteller. There are some fowl words, common to this type of crime novel. If you like gritty crime mysteries and dark Louisiana ambiance this is a great listen and a great series.
Well - I thought this book was part of the Friday Pick Giveaway list #20 but I realize it is not. It was one I grabbed from my box at home so I get to give it as a giveaway here. :-)
Plus I am adding a giveaway for a used 1990 print copy of book  #3 from the series:  Black Cherry Blues: A Dave Robicheaux Novel


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