Synopses & Reviews
New Iberia, Louisiana, is reeling from a one-two punch of brutal rape-homicides, and drug-addicted blues singer Tee Bobby Hulin has been tagged as the prime suspect. No stranger to bucking popular opinion, police detective Dave Robicheaux senses it's not Hulin behind the atrocities. But while placating a town on fire for swift revenge, Robicheaux must face his own demons an ultimate reckoning with Legion Guidry, a diabolical figure whose hardcore brand of violence left Robicheaux humiliated and addicted to painkillers. With his longtime friend, the boozing and womanizing Clete Purcel, Robicheaux treads among land mines of injustice, mob payoffs, and deadly secrets, all the while guessing: whom can he trust and whom should he fear?
James Lee Burke brings back his acclaimed hero Dave Robicheaux in this powerful New York Times bestseller packed with suspense and menace.
"To read a Burke novel is to enter a timeless, parallel universe of violent emotions and lush, brooding landscapes....This is the stunningly talented Burke's 21st book and his best until the next one....Burke offers a vivid social history of an inbred, corrupt place." Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"The volcanic types Dave's saga has made familiar are muffled this time out, and the plotting is even more darkly tangled than usual. Yet Burke succeeds over and over again in writing harshly lacerating scenes nobody's ever written before not even him." Kirkus Reviews
"The satanic Guidry...is as compelling a bad guy as any in literature....The sights, sounds, and tastes of Cajun country...are not absent this time, but they are overwhelmed by the subhuman stench of pure malevolence. An atypical entry in the series, then, but a compelling one." Bill Ott, Booklist
"As Robicheaux tries to set right the world around him, the book explores some of the most troubling aspects of Louisiana's (and America's) racist past. This is Burke at his best." Library Journal
"Burke's dialogue sounds true as a tape recording; his writing about action is strong and economical....Burke is a prose stylist to be reckoned with." Los Angeles Times Book Review
"I can't think of any writer who can plumb the human capacity for evil deeper than Burke." Carol Mennott, USA Today
"Even among his most talented contemporaries, Mr. Burke is something special." The Washington Post
"America's best novelist." The Denver Post
"No question about it, Legion is one of Burke's finest villains a creature of immense force, fueled by pure malignancy, but not without the shred of humanity that makes a monster memorable." Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
"[O]verflows with vibrant characters....Burke draws quick, indelible sketches....But the plot...trickl[es] off into so many rivulets...that you might find yourself forgetting halfway through the book what case Dave's investigating. (Grade: B-)" Entertainment Weekly
In Burke's latest bayou Gothic, a schoolgirl and a prostitute have been murdered, and the prime suspect is a gifted Cajun folk musician named Tee Bobby Hulin. Cop Dave Robicheaux believes that Hulin is innocent, and sets out to prove it but in the process, he runs afoul of a scary old man named Legion who may be the devil himself. A New York Times Notable Book for 2002.
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.