Decided to start with the first in the Dave Robicheaux series and after this book will continue on the second book. Very gritty which I like but plot line was a little confusing. I've read that Burke's books continue to improve as each one passes so should have a couple years reading ahead of me.
Having read almost all of Lee Burke's work, I came to this one late, knowing it was one of his earliest. He explains in a recent series of shorts that it came from his voice that his publisher urged -- write what will satisfy yourself, though not 'cool', not in a genre that you have judged will appeal. I reckon he is indeed happy with this one, as am I. The events of the narrative grip alright, shock even.
But it is James talking about life through Dave that makes it special. His humanness came from a life, not an author's imaginings -- not at all easy, and makes us empathise with his torments and fragilities.
I had read, and enjoyed, a number of the Author's later works and was initially a bit disappointed with this book. Part way through I realised it was a very early book (maybe his first). However, it did show flashes of the brilliant author who was to evolve. Well worth a read.