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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:
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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.

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

  • “[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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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