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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,499 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Lee Burke Narrator: Nick Sullivan Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged 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

  • “James Lee Burke’s most suspenseful novel yet.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Burke winds up an often convoluted and gratuitously violent plot with a dynamite ending that will leave readers feeling truly satisfied.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Mr. Burke scores on all cylinders with this taut thriller.”

    Internet Book Watch

  • “What a James Lee Burke book has in spades is the atmosphere of bayous, barbeque, and bluegrass. Nick Sullivan steeps his reading in quirky accents and whiskeyed drawls. Each character is easily discernible and fresh…he offers a thoughtful and entertaining interpretation.” 


  • “Perhaps more so than any of his peers, Burke has kept his series alive by skillfully tweaking his formula just enough to add interest but never so much as to lose its essence. Robicheaux battling the past instead of the present is only the latest example of Burke’s continuing ability to mix the fresh with the familiar in just the right way.” 


  • “Burke’s powerfully evoked world shows why the past, as Faulkner said, not only isn’t dead; it isn’t even past.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Burke weaves a poetic impression of the bayou scenery of south Louisiana and peoples this paradise with as villainous a cast as one could find in any true-crime thriller... Read by Nick Sullivan, this is an action-packed book; its violence is often graphic, but the story is compelling. Sure to be a hit with Burke’s many fans.”

    Library Journal (audio review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2000 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Mystery/Thriller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Clark G. | 2/16/2014

    " What impresses me about Burke that keeps me coming back are his powerful but subtle descriptions. That adds a flavor to the writing that permeates the plot and characters. It is insightful not overdone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sarah Petersen | 2/9/2014

    " I liked the characters & the writing style a lot, but the story was just a little too dark for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Amanda Otis | 2/3/2014

    " One of my favorites from the series. Dave works out some of his "mommy" issues. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Empress5150 | 1/28/2014

    " Burke has written several novels featuring an on-going character by the name of Dave Robicheaux, an alcoholic cop in the (sort of) backwoods of Louisiana. Like many books of this ilk, each one contains a cast of return characters such as the wife, the daughter, the side-kick, the best friend, etc. and they don't necessarily have to be read in the order in which they were written (although sometimes bits and pieces can get confusing if one of the characters refers to something that happened in a book that you haven't yet read). This particular story centers around Dave delving into the specifics of his estranged mother's murder 35 years prior and his obsession with bringing the killer to justice. I don't usually go in for these types of tales, but, there is something about Burke's style that sits well with me and I truly enjoy listening to them as I drive about town. And, honestly, I also get a kick out of learning more about the Cajun South. "

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