Set in Louisiana, and mostly in New Orleans, the title The Neon Rain strikes a strong visual image for me. I participated (okay I went to) Mardi Gras in 1985 while this novel was originally published in 1987. I still remember many of the names of places set as scenery for this first in the “Dave Robicheaux” mystery novels written by Jams Lee Burke. Mr. Robicheaux is a New Orleans homicide detective on a hunt for a murderer. Makes sense except the murder wasn’t in his jurisdiction and neither the police from his jurisdiction nor the suspects really like him poking his nose around.
Reading a book that was written over 25 years ago is a fascinating glimpse into that time and that place. The language, bigotry, and police corruption that plays a part in this story was real. There is no political correctness in this novel…just a really good plot. It took me a while to sync to the novel, but as with many very good books the end not only held me, it forced me to stay and finish. That is one of my criteria for a good book.
Being only the first of now twenty novels in this series I look forward to watching the characters in this book evolve.