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The Neon Rain by James Lee Burke
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Mar 09, 2010

really liked it
Read from March 09 to 18, 2010

I'd heard that this first installment of the Dave R. series wasn't as good as the later ones, but I have to disagree. I found that everything I liked about the more recent books was well in evidence here. Some also complained that the 1980's tropes of our horribly mismanaged efforts in southern and central America were no longer interesting or even completely germane. I found it to be an interesting snapshot of that era, myself.

I am a notoriously hard "grader" for my ratings. Very few books get a full 5 stars. This one came close, but didn't quite earn that last star. If there were half stars...

Burke's prose is lush, evocative, and sometimes makes me feel that I don't work hard enough on my own writing. If you're thinking of reading the Dave R. books, I can tell you that The Neon Rain will give you an accurate glimpse of what you'll encounter. Bloody, violent, morally challenging, but also beautiful. For me, they're addictive.
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