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Crusader's Cross: A Dave Robicheaux Novel (Dave Robicheaux Mysteries)

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ISBN13: 9780743277204
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"James Lee Burke's novels are irresistible....It is, of course, a combination of things. It's his evocation of a place — rural Louisiana — that is distinctly spooky and odd and completely corrupt. It's the sense that history weighs on Dave Robicheaux, his protagonist, ready to crush him. It's the fact that Burke continues the only genre of literature unique to America — the tough-guy novel, invented by Dashiell Hammett and perfected by Raymond Chandler....It's also because he's not afraid to write beautifully about awful things." David Granger, Esquire (read the entire Esquire review)

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For detective Dave Robicheaux, memories — including those of a strange and violent summer from his youth — are best left alone. But a dying man's confession forces Robicheaux to resurrect a decades-old mystery with a missing woman at its heart. Her name may or may not have been Ida Durbin, and Robicheaux's half brother, Jimmie, paid a brutal price for entering her world. Now the truth will plunge Robicheaux into the manipulations of New Orleans' wealthiest family, into a complex love affair of his own, and into hot pursuit of a killer expanding his territory beyond the Big Easy at a frightening pace.

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"Superb writing and a throbbing pace lift two-time Edgar-winner Burke's powerful, many-layered 14th Dave Robicheaux novel (after 2003's Last Car to Elysian Fields), which involves venal and arrogant members of a wealthy family that can trace its lineage to fifth-century France as well as the machinations of the New Orleans mafia. A conversation between Robicheaux and a dying childhood friend about Ida Durbin, a young prostitute that Robicheaux's half-brother, Jimmie, loved and lost in the late 1950s, sets the ex-homicide detective on a path that eventually leads to several gruesome killings and his near downfall. Unemployed, his wife dead, his daughter in college, Robicheaux rejoins the New Iberia, La., sheriff's department at the urging of Sheriff Helen Soileau, who needs an extra hand as the murders mount. While the tendrils of the sometimes rambling plot unfold, Robicheaux and his impulsive former police partner, PI Clete Purcell, seek retribution for injustices caused by a wide range of corrupt villains. Burke masterfully combines landscape and memory in a violent, complex story peopled by sharply defined characters who inhabit a lush, sensual, almost mythological world. Agent, Philip G. Spitzer. (July 12)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Burke's remarkable lyricism hits its most plaintive notes when he re-creates lost moments from the past....Surprise lurking in the crevices of a recurring pattern: that's nature at its most beautiful, and Burke at his most eloquent." Booklist (Starred Review)

Review:

"The story is a little crowded, but Burke's well-drawn characters and evocative writing more than compensate. Another winner from a master writer." Library Journal

Review:

"Readers who love beautiful prose do not always enjoy violence, and those who relish violence may grow impatient with Burke's poetry. But if you believe, as he does, that beauty and horror go hand in hand in this life, he can touch you in ways few writers can." The Washington Post

Review:

"Speaking in their weird and wonderful tongues, [Burke's] characters add their voices to a regional story that takes its collective identity from the sum of their lives." Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"[A] mixture as explosive as any in Dave's checkered history, yet clearer in its outlines...Burke's best book in years." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Burke is at the top of his game, combining pure storytelling, literary techniques and a strong Southern voice that allows time for reflection and introspection on the human condition." The Oregonian (Portland, OR)

Review:

"What's most impressive is Burke's ability to get the reader completely invested by having Robicheaux become the man on the outside." Chicago Sun-Times

Review:

"Burke's descriptive powers are poetic....With his latest, Burke once again affirms why he is one of the best writers in any genre." Rocky Mountain News

Synopsis:

For detective Dave Robicheaux, memories — including those of a strange and violent summer from his youth — are best left alone. But a dying man's confession forces Robicheaux to resurrect a decades-old mystery with a missing woman at its heart. Her name may or may not have been Ida Durbin, and Robicheaux's half brother, Jimmie, paid a brutal price for entering her world. Now the truth will plunge Robicheaux into the manipulations of New Orleans' wealthiest family, into a complex love affair of his own, and into hot pursuit of a killer expanding his territory beyond the Big Easy at a frightening pace.

About the Author

James Lee Burke, a rare winner of two Edgar Awards, is the author of twenty-three previous novels, including 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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lukas, March 25, 2014 (view all comments by lukas)
"My holstered .45 rested on a table, next to a bottle of Scotch, a paper plate containing the remains of a fried-shrimp dinner, a scattered deck of playing cards, and three empty glasses. The .45 was mine; the rest I had no memory of." Along with James Ellroy, James Lee Burke is my favorite living crime writer. Because he's stuck almost exclusively to the genre, I think he gets ignored by more high-brow critics, even though he is one of the best, most consistent novelists in the country. His longest running series features Vietnam vet and recovering alcoholic Dave Robicheuax, a detective in Louisiana. He excels at capturing place, nuanced characters and a real sense of evil. His writing can be both lyrical and visceral, a rarity in the crime genre. It's a series that you can really pick up at any point.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743277204
Author:
Burke, James Lee
Publisher:
Pocket Books
Subject:
Louisiana
Subject:
Police
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Series
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Hard-Boiled
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Robicheaux, dave (fictitious character)
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Edition Description:
B107
Series:
Dave Robicheaux Mysteries
Publication Date:
June 2006
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16-pg tsr
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
6.75 x 4.19 in 8.26 oz

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Product details 512 pages Pocket Books - English 9780743277204 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Superb writing and a throbbing pace lift two-time Edgar-winner Burke's powerful, many-layered 14th Dave Robicheaux novel (after 2003's Last Car to Elysian Fields), which involves venal and arrogant members of a wealthy family that can trace its lineage to fifth-century France as well as the machinations of the New Orleans mafia. A conversation between Robicheaux and a dying childhood friend about Ida Durbin, a young prostitute that Robicheaux's half-brother, Jimmie, loved and lost in the late 1950s, sets the ex-homicide detective on a path that eventually leads to several gruesome killings and his near downfall. Unemployed, his wife dead, his daughter in college, Robicheaux rejoins the New Iberia, La., sheriff's department at the urging of Sheriff Helen Soileau, who needs an extra hand as the murders mount. While the tendrils of the sometimes rambling plot unfold, Robicheaux and his impulsive former police partner, PI Clete Purcell, seek retribution for injustices caused by a wide range of corrupt villains. Burke masterfully combines landscape and memory in a violent, complex story peopled by sharply defined characters who inhabit a lush, sensual, almost mythological world. Agent, Philip G. Spitzer. (July 12)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day" by , "James Lee Burke's novels are irresistible....It is, of course, a combination of things. It's his evocation of a place — rural Louisiana — that is distinctly spooky and odd and completely corrupt. It's the sense that history weighs on Dave Robicheaux, his protagonist, ready to crush him. It's the fact that Burke continues the only genre of literature unique to America — the tough-guy novel, invented by Dashiell Hammett and perfected by Raymond Chandler....It's also because he's not afraid to write beautifully about awful things." (read the entire Esquire review)
"Review" by , "Burke's remarkable lyricism hits its most plaintive notes when he re-creates lost moments from the past....Surprise lurking in the crevices of a recurring pattern: that's nature at its most beautiful, and Burke at his most eloquent."
"Review" by , "The story is a little crowded, but Burke's well-drawn characters and evocative writing more than compensate. Another winner from a master writer."
"Review" by , "Readers who love beautiful prose do not always enjoy violence, and those who relish violence may grow impatient with Burke's poetry. But if you believe, as he does, that beauty and horror go hand in hand in this life, he can touch you in ways few writers can."
"Review" by , "Speaking in their weird and wonderful tongues, [Burke's] characters add their voices to a regional story that takes its collective identity from the sum of their lives."
"Review" by , "[A] mixture as explosive as any in Dave's checkered history, yet clearer in its outlines...Burke's best book in years."
"Review" by , "Burke is at the top of his game, combining pure storytelling, literary techniques and a strong Southern voice that allows time for reflection and introspection on the human condition."
"Review" by , "What's most impressive is Burke's ability to get the reader completely invested by having Robicheaux become the man on the outside."
"Review" by , "Burke's descriptive powers are poetic....With his latest, Burke once again affirms why he is one of the best writers in any genre."
"Synopsis" by , For detective Dave Robicheaux, memories — including those of a strange and violent summer from his youth — are best left alone. But a dying man's confession forces Robicheaux to resurrect a decades-old mystery with a missing woman at its heart. Her name may or may not have been Ida Durbin, and Robicheaux's half brother, Jimmie, paid a brutal price for entering her world. Now the truth will plunge Robicheaux into the manipulations of New Orleans' wealthiest family, into a complex love affair of his own, and into hot pursuit of a killer expanding his territory beyond the Big Easy at a frightening pace.

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