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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: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Dave Robicheaux Series Release Date: July 2005 ISBN: 9780743552370
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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

  • “[The] story is a powerful one, about the exploitation of a land and its people by a corrupt ruling class that operates above the law…It never fails to stir strong feelings.” 

    New York Times

  • “If you believe, as [Burke] does, that beauty and horror go hand in hand in this life, he can touch you in ways few writers can.” 

    Washington Post

  • “Burke’s sunsets are as molten as ever, his sultry descriptions of bayou life as evocative, and Robicheaux remains one of the coolest, earthiest heroes in thrillerdom.” 

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “A mixture as explosive as any in [Robicheaux]’s checkered history…[and] Burke’s best book in years.” 

    Kirkus Reviews (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 Rick McNeely | 2/16/2014

    " Big fun. James Lee Burke rocks!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marti | 2/4/2014

    " The Dave Robicheaux series can be depended upon for some sex and definitely a fair share of violence. This is the novel where he first meets Molly, and it tells about a long ago summer with his half brother Jimmie, since one of the characters from back then has a part to play now. Dave's boss, Helen Soileau, is long suffering and forgives him for many of the things that he does. As always, well written, and very entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mailmanr5 | 1/25/2014

    " Not the best in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meredith | 1/23/2014

    " This was not one of my favorites in this series - more than the usual dose of gratuitous violence on the part of Dave Robicheaux, who seems incapable of learning anything about himself or his behavior as the series progresses. It is also remarkable that he always goes unpunished. Maybe I am just getting tired of these novels and the sameness of the plots. JLB is still a good wordsmith, however, so the overall read is still on the plus side. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/15/2014

    " My first Burke book. I'd read another. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 1/13/2014

    " book on tape. 3/4 way through and mostly enjoying the plot and the characters. the viet nam segments felt like filler. I like the dark side of Dave R and his on-going battle with alchoholism. Terrific story for the car. I recommend it!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bayneeta | 1/11/2014

    " 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 Susan | 12/28/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kitty Tomlinson | 12/23/2013

    " Dave Robicheaux and his brother Jimmie's search for a long-long friend, Ida Durbin, leads them to a serial killer and romance for Dave. Excellent read. Burke is a master at evoking the atmosphere of South Louisiana!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 12/9/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gale Martin | 12/5/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie Evancic | 3/12/2013

    " Just starting this book, but loving it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andy | 12/30/2012

    " 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Peter | 3/18/2012

    " I wish I could give this book zero stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca Belknap | 2/13/2012

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 1/7/2012

    " 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 Don | 8/29/2011

    " Another excellent Robicheaux novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marsha | 7/8/2011

    " I always like Burke. He's great escape and writes from the heart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 5/13/2011

    " The book held my interest throughout. It is a quick easy read "

  • 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.