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Swan Peak: A Dave Robicheaux Novel (Dave Robicheaux Mysteries)

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Trouble follows Dave Robicheaux.

James Lee Burke's new novel, Swan Peak, finds Detective Robicheaux far from his New Iberia roots, attempting to relax in the untouched wilderness of rural Montana. He, his wife, and his buddy Clete Purcell have retreated to stay at an old friend's ranch, hoping to spend their days fishing and enjoying their distance from the harsh, gritty landscape of Louisiana post-Katrina.

But the serenity is soon shattered when two college students are found brutally murdered in the hills behind where the Robicheauxs and Purcell are staying. They quickly find themselves involved in a twisted and dangerous mystery involving a wealthy, vicious oil tycoon, his deformed brother and beautiful wife, a sexually deviant minister, an escaped con and former country music star, and a vigilante Texas gunbull out for blood. At the center of the storm is Clete, who cannot shake the feeling that he is being haunted by the ghosts from his past — namely Sally Dio, the mob boss he'd sabotaged and killed years before.

In this expertly drawn, gripping story, Burke deftly weaves intricate, engaging plotlines and original, compelling characters with his uniquely graceful prose. He transcends genre yet again in the latest thrilling addition to his New York Times bestselling series.

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"Dave Robicheaux and his former partner, Clete Purcel, find trouble in western Montana in bestseller Burke's fine 17th novel to feature the New Iberia, La., sheriff's deputy (after Tin Roof Blowdown). When two security men for Texas oil millionaire Ridley Wellstone deliberately drive over Clete's fishing gear after Clete inadvertently fishes on Wellstone's private land, Clete recognizes one of them as a former associate of a mob boss who died in a plane crash years before. Soon afterward, a University of Montana coed and her boyfriend are murdered near the home where Dave and Clete are staying. Then an escaped convict from Texas turns up, pursued by a vengeful prison guard determined to return him to prison. Lyrical passages describing the Montana landscape contrast with the subtle but intense way Burke depicts the violence and perversity lurking in his characters' hearts. But despite all the nastiness, love and redemption retain the power to heal some very wounded souls in a surprising denouement. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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James Lee Burke's novels are often distinguished by his ability to balance exceptionally lyrical prose with exceptionally violent plots. His longtime protagonist, Dave Robicheaux, Vietnam veteran, lawman and recovering alcoholic, is a man haunted by both the horrors he has witnessed and those he has committed himself. Last year's Robicheaux novel, "The Tin Roof Blowdown," was one of Burke's best, in... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"As with any fine craftsman, Burke also is a master of detail....The bottom line is that if you love crime fiction, or if you love story-telling, or if you just plain love good writing, Swan Peak will more than satisfy on all accounts." Philadelphia Inquirer

Synopsis:

Detective Dave Robicheaux returns in another adventure — only this time, he travels from New Iberia Parish to the wilds of Montana.

Synopsis:

Much beloved Louisiana lawman Dave Robicheaux is back again, this time in the brand new setting of the rugged Montana mountains.

About the Author

James Lee Burke, a rare winner of two Edgar Awards, is the author of such New York Times bestsellers as Bitterroot, Purple Cane Road, Cimarron Rose, Jolie Blon's Bounce, and Dixie City Jam. He lives in Missoula, Montana, and New Iberia, Louisiana.

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frankbolen, January 9, 2009 (view all comments by frankbolen)
James Lee Burke is my favorite writer, and his Robichaux series is the best. I don't know how he keeps on doing it year after year. Swan Peak holds up with his best, such as Tin Roof Blowdown.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416548522
Subtitle:
A Dave Robicheaux Novel
Author:
Burke, James Lee
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Private investigators
Subject:
Louisiana
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Hard-Boiled
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Police Procedural
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Dave Robicheaux Mysteries
Publication Date:
20080708
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

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Product details 416 pages Simon & Schuster - English 9781416548522 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Dave Robicheaux and his former partner, Clete Purcel, find trouble in western Montana in bestseller Burke's fine 17th novel to feature the New Iberia, La., sheriff's deputy (after Tin Roof Blowdown). When two security men for Texas oil millionaire Ridley Wellstone deliberately drive over Clete's fishing gear after Clete inadvertently fishes on Wellstone's private land, Clete recognizes one of them as a former associate of a mob boss who died in a plane crash years before. Soon afterward, a University of Montana coed and her boyfriend are murdered near the home where Dave and Clete are staying. Then an escaped convict from Texas turns up, pursued by a vengeful prison guard determined to return him to prison. Lyrical passages describing the Montana landscape contrast with the subtle but intense way Burke depicts the violence and perversity lurking in his characters' hearts. But despite all the nastiness, love and redemption retain the power to heal some very wounded souls in a surprising denouement. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "As with any fine craftsman, Burke also is a master of detail....The bottom line is that if you love crime fiction, or if you love story-telling, or if you just plain love good writing, Swan Peak will more than satisfy on all accounts."
"Synopsis" by , Detective Dave Robicheaux returns in another adventure — only this time, he travels from New Iberia Parish to the wilds of Montana.
"Synopsis" by , Much beloved Louisiana lawman Dave Robicheaux is back again, this time in the brand new setting of the rugged Montana mountains.
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