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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: July 2008 ISBN: 9780743571883
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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.” 

    Oregonian

  • “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.” 

    Booklist

  • 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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffrey Hammerhead | 2/7/2014

    " I like the Dave Robicheaux's novels the best of James Lee Burke's writings. I like how Sally Dio was brought back in this novel and how Clete just seems to make things worst. I love all of the James Lee Burke's books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 1/28/2014

    " Gritty and philosophical, James Lee Burke sticks pretty close to his usual formula. I listened to the audio version, performed by Will Patton, and absolutely enjoyed the cadence and tone of the voices he used to bring Clete, Dave and company to life. Of course, they live to see another day, and Dave is still dry, even though it appears as though each day is a battle for him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda B Birdow | 1/27/2014

    " Detective Dave Robicheaux and his side-kick Clete Purcell go on vacation in rural Montana but find that murder did not take any time off. And much evil is lurking behind the flimsy sophisticated facade of the rich and (in)famous residents that have mysterious ties to Clete's past. The author starkly contrasts the spectacular and tranquil Montana mountainside with the repugnant behavior of so many amoral characters who are determined to keep their secrets secret. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gail Fiorini | 1/18/2014

    " I was disappointed in this book. I love James Lee Burke, but this one was phoned in. I recommend everything he has written except this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl S. | 11/26/2013

    " Another good one by Burke although I prefer his books set in Lousiana. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail/Ladyvolz Bowman | 11/14/2013

    " probably the best Dave Robicheaux book ever. Dave, Molly and Clete are visiting a friend in Montana and get involved in problems with some locals. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick | 7/30/2013

    " Burke's best Robicheaux in Montana by far; Clete is his usual bad ass self. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Blackbook | 7/16/2013

    " There is something about these Dave Robicheaux novels. James Lee Burke is one of those writers that can set a taste in your mouth that lingers. You are reading right along and out of the blue he turns a breathtaking phrase and you say yes, this is good writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Siszurpicki | 5/12/2013

    " I need a dose of Dave Robicheaux every so often. This time he's finding bad guys in Montana. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 3/24/2013

    " I wish somebody would make a timeline of Dave Robicheaux... now here's a third wife arriving out of the blue. Plus, Dave's getting a little old for some of these shenanigans by now, I'd think. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 11/27/2012

    " I didn't really like this book. I probably won't try another one of his. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Sue | 11/4/2012

    " Dave, Molly and Clete are off to Montana to chill out after the rigors of Katrina. Why Montana when Dave and Clete have a history there is beyond me. Of course they get a whiff of trouble and stir up the fires. Go home Dave! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamela | 10/9/2012

    " Dave Robicheaux is one of my favorite literary characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ross | 4/24/2012

    " Not too great. My first read of this author who comes stronly recommended by 2 friends. Will try somae more in the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cyndee | 2/25/2012

    " I usually like books in this series, and this was no different. The setting in Montana rather than La. was interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas | 8/5/2011

    " james lee burke has never been better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 5/27/2011

    " I don't really read "grown-up books", but I was desperate for something to read on the plane home. It was suspenseful and all, but, um... I'm used to teenager-type melodrama... so it was a little too macho for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ~mad | 5/12/2011

    " Great messy crime story - while his books are grueling in nature - his words are beautiful they uck me right in. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamela | 4/16/2011

    " Dave Robicheaux is one of my favorite literary characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gordon | 1/9/2011

    " Beautiful, sad and a study of mortality in an angry and good man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 1/4/2011

    " Dave Robicheaux goes to Montana. A good yarn, however I found the end a bit disappointing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary | 11/24/2010

    " Dave Robicheau in Montana? Yet, the story works.
    I liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 11/19/2010

    " Another enjoyable read from James Lee Burke. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Val | 11/4/2010

    " Mr. Burke got a little lazy on this one - TWO rescues in the nick of time in one novel! Also, as much as I love his flawed heroes, it's time for Clete and Dave to change and grow, and not by just changing the scenery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charisse | 11/2/2010

    " Very entertaining (although I wanted to hit Clete over the head several times!) Burke does a tremendous job with his characters. I really enjoyed this novel - I was able to read all day as I recovered from my bout with poison ivy :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharonb | 10/19/2010

    " another masterpiece- different setting this time- we learn somethings about Montana "

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About the Author
Author James Lee Burke

James Lee Burke 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 the New York Times bestsellers Creole Belle, Dixie City Jam, The Glass Rainbow, Rain Gods, Pegasus Descending, The Tin Roof Blowdown, Feast Day of Fools, and more.. 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 who has narrated audiobooks by such authors as Charles Frazier, Larry McMurtry, Don DeLillo, and Ernest Hemingway. He has won thirty-two AudioFile Earphones Award for his narrations. 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.