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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,928 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Lee Burke Narrator: Will Patto Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Dave Robicheaux Series Release Date:
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Detective Dave Robicheaux returns to center stage in an incendiary new novel by James Lee Burke. A gripping tale of racial violence, class warfare, and the sometimes cruel legacy of Southern history, Sunset Limited is a stunning achievement, confirming Burke's place as one of America's premier stylists as well as master storytellers.

The forty-year-old crucifixion of a prominent labor leader named Jack Flynn remains an unsolved atrocity that has never been forgotten in New Iberia, Louisiana. When Flynn's daughter, Megan, a photojournalist drawn to controversial subjects, returns to the site of her father's murder, it quickly becomes clear that her family's bloodstained past will not stay buried. Megan gives her old friend Dave Robicheaux a tip about a small-time criminal named Cool Breeze Broussard, scarcely suspecting that the seemingly innocuous case will lead Robicheaux and his partner into the midst of a deadly conspiracy.

Combining brilliant prose, crackling suspense, and an exquisite sense of character and place, Sunset Limited is a wrenching tale of historic violence and soiled redemption that reveals one of America's finest novelists at his masterful best.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Splendidly atmospheric…with dialogue so sharp  you can shave with it.” 


  • “One of the best novels of the year from one of the very best writers at work today.” 

    Rocky Mountain News 

  • “Dripping with the cynicism and sweat that runs rampant through the Louisiana bayou parishes, actor Will Patton gives an extraordinary reading of James Lee Burke’s latest tension-filled tale.” 

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “In rich, dense prose, Burke conjures up bizarre, believable characters who inhabit vivid, spellbinding scenes in a multifaceted, engrossing plot.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “With strong and graceful prose, Burke presents a tale as dark and rich as a cup of chicory coffee.” 

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 1998 New York Times Notable Book for Mysteries

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Walter Stevens | 2/14/2014

    " For me, a few too many lead characters, and the back-story on people and places was a bit over-blown. "

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

    " Takes a look at the dark side of people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lynda | 1/23/2014

    " James Lee Burke is my all time favorite author. So, being incredibly biased, it's hard to give an objective review. Every one of his books seem to weave an amazing dance between lyrical prose, complex characters that are so real in my mind I can SMELL them, would recognize them if I saw them on the street - and plots that keep me caring till the very last page. The man has a gift, there is no question about it. It's obvious he has honed his craft well by putting in the WORK of writing, not just to sell books but to give us a gift of insight into human pride, frailty and pathos all wrapped up in some of the most amazing language I've ever encountered. Love his work~! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Suzn F | 1/23/2014

    " I love JLB, he is one of my favorite authors. But this one just became tiresome. The characters lacked the typical depth given by the author, the plot seemed too familiar; just nothing new seemed to happen in this story. OH I wish it had been better. "

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