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Author: James Lee Burke Narrator: Will Patton Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Dave Robicheaux Series Release Date: January 2018 ISBN: 9781508244325
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James Lee Burke’s most beloved character, Dave Robicheaux, returns in this New York Times bestselling mystery set in the towns and backwoods of Louisiana: an “enthralling yet grim novel that…will captivate, start to finish” (Publishers Weekly).

Dave Robicheaux is a haunted man. From the acts he committed in Vietnam, to his battles with alcoholism, to the sudden loss of his beloved wife, Molly, his thoughts drift from one irreconcilable memory to the next. Images of ghosts pepper his reality. Robicheaux’s only beacon remains serving as a detective in New Iberia, Louisiana.

It’s in that capacity that Robicheaux crosses paths with powerful mob boss, Tony Nemo. Tony has a Civil War sword he’d like to give to Levon Broussard, a popular local author whose books have been adapted into major Hollywood films. Then there’s Jimmy Nightengale, the young poster boy of New Orleans wealth and glamour. Jimmy’s fond of Levon’s work, and even fonder of his beautiful, enigmatic wife, Rowena. Tony thinks Jimmy can be a US Senator someday, and has the resources and clout to make it happen. There’s something off about the relationship among these three men, and after a vicious assault, it’s up to Robicheaux to uncover the truth “in the barn-burner of a climax” (Booklist, starred review).

Complicating matters is the sudden death of the New Iberian local responsible for Molly’s death; namely that Robicheaux’s colleague thinks Robicheaux had something to do with it. As Robicheaux works to clear his name and make sense of the murder, a harrowing study of America emerges: this nation’s abiding conflict between a sense of past grandeur and a legacy of shame, its easy seduction by demagogues and wealth, and its predilection for violence and revenge. “It has been almost five years since James Lee Burke’s last Dave Robicheaux novel, and it was absolutely worth the wait” (Associated Press). Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Burke is what fellow writers call a wordsmith. He can make your eyes water with a lyrical description of tropical rain falling on a Louisiana bayou…But in the next breath, he’ll offer a comprehensive account of an excruciating death by torture…Like most of Burke’s plots, this one has roots in Louisiana history, a gumbo of ‘misogamy and racism and homophobia,’ not to mention ‘demagoguery’ and ‘self-congratulatory ignorance.’”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “There can be no doubt that the time for America to welcome back a heroic warrior, even a literary one, is now. Burke does not disappoint…He has written a book that is topical but timeless.”

    Salon

  • “Burke is known for his lyrical, deeply melancholic prose, and once again it permeates every page of this profoundly elegiac novel. We tend to forget, however, that he is no slouch at plotting and at constructing hold-your-breath action scenes. Both traits are in evidence here, the former in the way he nimbly juggles the multiple strands of his narrative, the latter in the barn-burner of a climax.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “[An] enthralling yet grim novel of crime, hate, and tragedy…Will captivate, start to finish.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Heaven-storming prose…The intimations of mortality that have hovered over this series for thirty years have never been sharper.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 QuickDraw | 4/30/2018

    " Dave Robicheaux is as gritty an human as ever. The denizens of Louisiana are so much fun to follow. Will Patton makes you feel you are there! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith | 2/19/2018

    " I have been a big fan of the Robicheaux series since the 1990s. All of these books are written with a lyrical brush that explores the philosophy, introspection and musings of this former Louisiana cop. Robicheaux and his friend Clete Purcell deal with the aberrant behavior of various miscreants, villains and thugs on what seems like a daily basis. The beauty of the countryside in which they reside, the bayous located in lower Louisiana, is often in disarray as they deal with the unnatural habits of a few. Robicheaux has his share of personal problems. On a daily basis he contends with his own alcoholism, the relived horrors of Vietnam and the brutal loss of his wives. He is still a man of honor but he is not far from the edge. The only things left in the world that hold meaning for him is his buddy, Clete and his adopted daughter, Alafar. Given to introspection, Robicheaux defends his defensiveness for his daughter by saying: “If God had had a daughter, He would never have allowed her to die on a cross”. In this novel, Robicheaux slides into a drunken stupor. When he awakes, he finds his memory of the previous evening to be non-existent. This is particularly disturbing as a man who was involved in Robicheaux’s wife’s death has been found dead in his car. Evidence begins growing to suggest he may have had something to do with it. As Robicheaux tries to determine whether he was responsible for this crime he becomes more and more mired in some larger issues involving people of greater influence. As always, James Lee Burke with his artistic style brings the novel to an exciting conclusion. Great read. "

About the Author

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 numerous New York Times bestsellers. 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 and narrator. HIs narrations have earned the prestigious Audie Award for Best Fiction Narration and also won dozens of AudioFile Earphones Awards. 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.