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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,005 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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Louisiana lawman Dave Robicheaux takes on the rugged Rocky Mountains of Montana in James Lee Burke’s New York Times bestseller, Swan Peak.

Dave Robicheaux, his wife, and his buddy Clete Purcell have retreated to an old friend’s ranch, hoping to spend their days fishing and enjoying their distance from the harsh, gritty landscape of Louisiana post-Katrina. But the serenity is soon shattered when two college students are found brutally murdered in the hills behind where the Robicheauxs and Purcell are staying. They quickly find themselves involved in a twisted and dangerous mystery involving a wealthy, vicious oil tycoon, his deformed brother and beautiful wife, a sexually deviant minister, an escaped con and former country music star, and a vigilante Texas gunbull out for blood. At the center of the storm is Clete, who cannot shake the feeling that he is being haunted by the ghosts from his past—namely Sally Dio, the mob boss he’d sabotaged and killed years before.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Another triumph.” 

    Los Angeles Times

  • “A sprawling, exuberant thriller.” 


  • “Burke’s lyrical language and eye for detail are well suited to the rugged physical beauty of Montana, and his characters spring to life as he deftly juggles several different plotlines.” 

    Bookmarks magazine

  • “Patton’s voice is perfectly suited for Burke’s rough and tumble tale, his gritty Southern dialect sets the tone for this brooding murder mystery.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “No fan of hard-boiled crime fiction can help but feel the pulse quicken when a new Robicheaux appears.” 


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • An Audie Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Andrea | 2/19/2014

    " Listened to unabridged on audio book [15 hours]. Loved Will Patton's Southern accents with some Louisana Cajun snuck in. I enjoyed the authors writing style. He can make murder and mayhem sound poetic. I enjoyed all the charecters and the little surprise at the end caught me off guard. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Clare | 2/13/2014

    " There is nothing by James Lee Burke that I could dislike. This story is excellent. I hope Burke lives forever; I can't bear to live without thinking that he's got some new book in the works. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Palmreader | 2/13/2014

    " Not one of my favourites. Somehow, taking Dave out of Louisiana has changed his appeal to me. Montana may be nice, but its just not the right place. And somewhere I've lost touch...what has happened to Dave's wife and daughter? And where is Dave's tortured soul, not so much here. Too much Clete maybe, and the other characters were evil, but not real enough. I love Dave when the characters he comes across are just a bit more of him. Then its a story of good and evil, that touches our hearts in some ways. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Susan Mangigian | 2/10/2014

    " James Lee Burke is one of my all time favorites. His books are hardly light, though. They do make me smile occasionally, but they show a darker side of life and a much rougher existence. This books starts out with this paragraph: Clete Purcel had heard of people who sleep without dreaming, but either because of the era and neighborhood in which he had grown up, or the later experiences that had come to define his life, he could not think of sleep as anything other than an uncontrolled descent into a basement where the gargoyles turned somersaults like circus midgets. It gets better from here. Clete is a tortured man, with big appetites and an affinity for attracting trouble. His partner and best friend, Dave Robicheaux, a decent man, a recovered alcoholic and good guy fight evil in every book. And the evil in these books is breathtaking in it's evilness. "

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