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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,502 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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Dave Robicheaux has spent his life confronting the age-old adage that the sins of the father pass on to the son. But what was his mother’s legacy? Dead to him since his youth, Mae Guillory has been shuttered away in the deep recesses of Robicheaux’s mind. He’s lived with the fact that he would never really know what happened to the woman who left him to the devices of a whiskey-driven father. But Dave still feels the loss of his mother—and knows that the infinite series of disappointments in her life could not have come to a good end.

While helping out an old friend, Dave is stunned when a pimp looks at him sideways and asks if he is the son of Mae Guillory, the whore a bunch of cops murdered thirty years ago. Her body was dumped in the bayou bordering Purple Cane Road, and the cops who left her there are still on the job.

Dave’s search for his mother’s killers leads him to the darker places in his past, and solving this case teaches him what it means to be his mother’s son. Purple Cane Road has the dimensions of a classic—passion, murder, and nearly heartbreaking poignancy—wrapped in a wonderfully executed plot that surprises from start to finish.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Purple Cane Road is a beautifully written psychologically complex, stunningly atmospheric page-turner. James Lee Burke is the Faulkner of crime fiction.” 

    Jonathan Kellerman, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “No other living writer has been more influential on the contemporary crime novel than James Lee Burke. Using a painter’s careful brush strokes of character and place, he has turned the form into a literary exploration of the moral ambiguities that lie in the darkness of our souls. His work has set the watermark so high that I don’t think anyone else will ever reach it. With Purple Cane Road, he has gone and moved it up yet one more notch. This one is his best.” 

    Michael Connelly, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “A story peopled by a vivid cast of characters…As always, Burke’s prose is muscular and his depiction of the bayou a joy.” 

    Seattle Times

  • “With a gift for evoking all the beauty of the Edenic natural world of the Cajun country and his wary, savvy eye for the unnatural characters that populate it, Burke creates, once more, a satisfying tension and a rich and complex story.” 

    Austin American-Statesman

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2000 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Mystery/Thriller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mailmanr5 | 2/19/2014

    " The best of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marguerite | 2/18/2014

    " The book group at work chose this one month, and I picked it up as a result. I've since read five or so of the Dave Robicheaux series, and enjoyed them all. If you like Elizabeth George or John Sandford, you'll probably like these, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ray Gehrig | 2/15/2014

    " I really enjoy this author's ability to draw word pictures that enhance the stories, which are good in all of his books that I've read to date. I recommend his books to anyone looking for a good story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Brian Rueger | 2/9/2014

    " One needs a flow-chart or diagram to follow Grant's plots! "

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