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A Morning for Flamingos by James Lee Burke
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Jun 22, 2012

really liked it
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This is an early book in Burke's great Dave Robicheaux series, where the protagonist has reluctantly joined the New Iberia, LA police Department as a detective. While escorting two prisoners to death row Robicheaux's partner's callous disregard for procedure leads to a brazen escape that leaves him critically wounded and his partner dead. After healing his is lured into a DEA sting operation posing as a deep pocketed buyer looking to flush suppliers out into the open. The deeper he gets, however, the more complicated and ambiguous things seem. He reunites with a childhood sweetheart only to find that she is connected to a mob family. He infiltrates a crime ring only to find himself empathizing with the man who he is supposed to be taking down. Burke never takes the easy way out in his stories, and this one more than ever shows the moral grey areas that he is investigating. As always his descriptions of the people and the natural world of southern Louisiana are thoughtful and evocative and he contrasts the near poetry of these ruminations with the hard boiled violence that cuts through the book like lightning.
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James Thane This really is an excellent series. I'm looking forward to seeing the newest one when it's released next month.

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