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Crusader’s Cross Audiobook

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,685 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:
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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.

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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 Reviews

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by 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 Review by 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 Review by 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 Review by 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. "

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About the Author
Author James Lee Burke

James Lee Burke was born in Texas in 1936 and received his BA and MA from the University of Missouri. He has won two Edgar Awards for Best Crime Novel and has been the recipient of numerous honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and an NEA grant. After being rejected by publishers over a hundred times, his novel The Lost-Get Back Boogie was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. His short stories have appeared in the Kenyon Review, the Atlantic Monthly, and Best American Short Stories, among others, and two of his books, Heaven’s Prisoners and Two for Texas, have been made into motion pictures. He currently divides his time between Montana and Louisiana.

About the Narrator

Will Patton is an Obie Award–winning theater actor. He appeared in the film A Mighty Heart with Angelina Jolie. Patton has narrated audiobooks by such authors as Charles Frazier, Larry McMurtry, Don DeLillo, and Ernest Hemingway.