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3.66 out of 53.66 out of 53.66 out of 53.66 out of 53.66 out of 5 3.66 (41 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Lee Burke Narrator: Will Patton Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Dave Robicheaux Series Release Date: July 2005 ISBN: 9780743551625
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Critically acclaimed and bestselling crime writer James Lee Burke returns to Louisiana where his ever-popular hero, Dave Robicheaux, sleuths his way through a hotbed of sin and uncertainty.
For Dave Robicheaux, life in Louisiana is filled with haunting memories of the past. In Crusader's Cross, a deathbed confession from an old schoolmate resurrects a story of injustice, the murder of a young woman, and a time in Robicheaux's life he has tried to forget.
Her name may or may not have been Ida Durbin. It was back in the innocent days of the 1950s when Robicheaux and his brother, Jimmie, met her on a Galveston beach. She was pretty and Jimmie fell for her hard -- not knowing she was a prostitute on infamous Post Office Street, with ties to the mob. Then Ida was abducted and never seen again.
Now, decades later, Robicheaux is asking questions about Ida Durbin, and a couple of redneck deputy sheriffs make it clear that asking questions is a dangerous game. With a series of horrifying murders and the sudden appearance of Valentine Chalons and his sister, Robicheaux is soon involved with the murderous energies of the New Orleans underworld. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Mesmerizing.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Harder to put down than flypaper.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “ Burke masterfully combines landscape and memory in a violent, complex story peopled by sharply defined characters who inhabit a lush, sensual, almost mythological world. ”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Burke at his most eloquent.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joseph Ribera | 2/17/2014

    " First David Robicheaux mystery for me. I like the style and the protagonist, a flawed human being. Also like the setting, cajun Louisiana, and the characters. Nothing suspenseful about it, but a good read all the same. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diane | 2/16/2014

    " I don't know if it was the book or the performance that just was not compelling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gale Martin | 2/7/2014

    " A great read if you like well-paced, well written mysteries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 2/2/2014

    " James Lee Burke is always intense and ingrossing reading. Its a bit dark, so I can't read them in succession, but with breaks in between I do enjoy these books. This one was probably not his best, but it was good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin French | 1/25/2014

    " I have listened to every book of James' that I could find. They are okay to read, but the two actors -- Mark Hammer for the earlier books (I believe he may have passed away) and Will Patton (white coach in Remember the Titans!) have the BEST voices for these books. There are a lot of them, but all worth listening too though there is a fair amount of violence (you can skip through) and bad language. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Boni | 1/18/2014

    " Enjoy this series and listened to most while travelig to Mexico "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christie Terry | 1/16/2014

    " Good read, I would recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 1/7/2014

    " Once again brilliant Robiceaux novel, each novel by Burke is briliantly and beautifully written. Much more than crime fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 1/5/2014

    " It is fun reading a book that encompases the places I drive to everyday. Good Read for a detective novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas Pluck | 11/28/2013

    " Great book, one of my favorite of the later Robicheaux novels. I forgot I'd read it, but read 100 pages on the plane anyway, it's that good. So I bought Tin Roof Blowdown instead, I know I haven't read that one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 11/20/2013

    " Robicheaux in some of his darkest hours. I love the way Burke writes but I'm wondering if Robicheaux is getting a little old for some of his exploits. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Briggs | 11/17/2013

    " Another really consistent book. No new territory, but if you like Burke, you will like this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kent | 10/24/2013

    " One of my favorites by Burke. Sometimes I don't even care what he's writing about. The way he strings words together transcends his stories; although this one is a dandy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bayneeta | 10/7/2013

    " Don't know of another mystery writer who combines such beautiful phrases between violent acts and creepy villains. Will Patton is the perfect narrator for this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Jespersen | 8/14/2013

    " Enjoyable read into a murder mystery novel. Enjoyed the characters and author has a good way to keep the suspense going throughout. Liked the character involvement of Robicheaux but wish the author would have gotten deeper into other characters pysche. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellie | 7/11/2013

    " This one was good. In this one, Dave Robicheaux actually has a "slip", and this surprised me. He also starts a new relationship. I don't want to say more in case I spoil it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 6/8/2013

    " Great murder mystery. Well written with lots of plot twists that keep you guessing until the very end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cheryl | 2/7/2013

    " Not on of my favorite Robicheaux novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 christine | 8/17/2012

    " I like the way Burke writes about Louisiana and I like his style, it's like Faulkner meets airport-serial-killer-author du jour "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rex Fuller | 8/5/2012

    " This is one of Burke's very best, if not the best, in terms of plot. Others of his are better in terms of the vividness of his images, but the difference is not great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Pat | 6/24/2012

    " Will read any Dave Robicheaux mystery and enjoy it thoroughly. He just does the brooding atmosphere of the Bayou so well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne Buchanan | 5/19/2012

    " Wow! Another great read by a VERY prolific author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracey Lumb dipierro heller | 11/10/2011

    " Love this series on audio. The accents are awesome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Norma | 8/14/2011

    " I loved it....this is the first book of his I have read....I mean it for the last couple of days I was living in New Iberia with Dave! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 6/16/2011

    " This wasn't my favorite of the series, except for the filling in of backstory on the two brothers. Woe to any female character Burke includes in his novels, generally. I skipped a volume, so now I have to go back and find out what happened to Bootsie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 4/29/2011

    " Just starting this book, but loving it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 4/1/2011

    " He's my favorite author. Read a Burke book and your in a dark theater by yourself surrounded and engulfed by his images. I've read them all but can only do so once every 3-4 months because in the end they are their message about the human condition is not hopeful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 3/27/2011

    " As a fan concerned this maybe his apex, especially with the Robicheaux series. His best novel in my opinion "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 3/20/2011

    " The title put me off as I thought it was a religious reference. It was about the lead characters being passionate about finding the truth. Enjoyed not only the story but the people in it as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 1/28/2011

    " I really liked this book. I like all of James Lee Burke's books. The characters and setting are richly described. Dave is a regular guy hero. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 1/5/2011

    " Wow! Another great read by a VERY prolific author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andy | 1/2/2011

    " I really wanted to like this since I have friends who are Burke fanatics. I just never really could care very much about the characters. Stopped reading towards the end of the book, after the crime was unsurprisingly solved. No revelations... just sort of lost interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Siszurpicki | 10/23/2010

    " I love Detective Dave Robicheaux. Listened to this book on a Playaway audiobook. Read by Will Patton who got it just right. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mailmanr5 | 10/2/2010

    " Not the best in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sschnitker | 9/7/2010

    " Nice piece of discription and Character development. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David | 9/6/2010

    " This will be the last of his books I'll read. Not exciting. Not atmospheric. Not enlightening. Tedious...and badly written. :( "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cheryl | 8/30/2010

    " Not on of my favorite Robicheaux novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 7/21/2010

    " Murder mystery set in Louisiana with great description, atmosphere and characters. I enjoyed the actor's voice and accent. The author has written many books in this series, but I have not read any of the rest of the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 7/5/2010

    " Once again brilliant Robiceaux novel, each novel by Burke is briliantly and beautifully written. Much more than crime fiction. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diane | 6/30/2010

    " I don't know if it was the book or the performance that just was not compelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 5/26/2010

    " Robicheaux in some of his darkest hours. I love the way Burke writes but I'm wondering if Robicheaux is getting a little old for some of his exploits. "

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About the Author
Author James Lee Burke

James Lee Burke James Lee Burke, a rare winner of two Edgar Awards and named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, is the author of more than thirty novels and two collections of short stories, including the New York Times bestsellers Creole Belle, Dixie City Jam, The Glass Rainbow, Rain Gods, Pegasus Descending, The Tin Roof Blowdown, Feast Day of Fools, and more.. His novel The Lost-Get Back Boogie was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and two of his books, Heaven’s Prisoners and Two for Texas, have been made into motion pictures.

About the Narrator

Will Patton is an award–winning actor who has narrated audiobooks by such authors as Charles Frazier, Larry McMurtry, Don DeLillo, and Ernest Hemingway. He has won thirty-two AudioFile Earphones Award for his narrations. His numerous film credits include Remember the Titans, The Punisher, The Mothman Prophesies, Armageddon, and The Spitfire Grill. He starred in the TNT miniseries Into the West and on the CBS series The Agency and won Obie Awards in the theater for his performances in Fool for Love and What Did He See.