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3.76 out of 53.76 out of 53.76 out of 53.76 out of 53.76 out of 5 3.76 (17 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Lee Burke Narrator: Will Patton Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Dave Robicheaux Series Release Date: July 2008 ISBN: 9780743571869
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Trouble follows Dave Robicheaux.

James Lee Burke's new novel finds Detective Robicheaux far from his New Iberia roots, attempting to relax in the untouched wilderness of rural Montana. He, his wife, and his buddy Clete Purcel have retreated to stay at 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 quickly shattered when two college students are found brutally murdered in the hills behind where the Robicheauxs and Purcel are staying. Drawn into 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 ghosts from his past -- namely Sally Dio, the mob boss he'd sabotaged and killed years before.

In this expertly drawn, gripping story, Burke deftly weaves intricate, engaging plotlines and original, compelling characters with his uniquely graceful prose. He transcends genre yet again in the latest thrilling addition to his New York Times bestselling series. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Another triumph.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “A sprawling, exuberant thriller.”

    Oregonian

  • “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

  • “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

  • 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 Janet | 4/6/2011

    " Very good read - you can feel the heat and see the conflict in this southern story. "

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

    " He's my favorite author. Read a Burke book and your in a dark theater by yourself surrounded and engulfed by his images. I've read them all but can only do so once every 3-4 months because in the end they are their message about the human condition is not hopeful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 3/31/2011

    " The audio book begins with a version of the song Jolie Blon'. The date of reading/listening is approximate. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 2/25/2011

    " This book has a good story line but I didn't care for Louisiana slang that invades the entire book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brad | 1/13/2011

    " For James Lee Burke and the Dave Robicheaux novels, it gets no better than this. The eerie tone of the book is unrelenting, and the antagonist, Legion Guidry, is one that will stick with you forever. You'll never forget him... or the final scene. "

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

    " Haunting, delving into human frailty, sexual excess, the supernatural, violence, madness, and the existence of pure evil incarnate. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 12/30/2010

    " An early Burke, with great atmospheric details. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty | 12/21/2010

    " One of my favorite authors. The violence is authentic to the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 12/20/2010

    " Love this author. I always add new words to my vocabulary because of his work. Really like the settings in NO and Lousiana "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 11/6/2010

    " Real good story line, got slow a few times, but still found it interesting. I will have to read another one of his books to see if I really like him or not. Worth the read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marvin | 10/25/2010

    " Repetitious but a lot of fun, with interesting characters.

    Legion is one of those guys you love to hate!!! I couldn't wait to see how he got his! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mailmanr5 | 8/12/2010

    " Another good one in the series. Not quite as satisfying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susanna | 6/26/2010

    " The second to last chapter was awesome. But then the last chapter just fell apart. Regardless, this was a great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 6/17/2010

    " This was my second time reading this book and I loved it even more. Burke may be one of the best writers in America and this may be one of his best books. Dark, gothic and fascinating with a cast of characters impossible to imagine and yet entirely believable. Brilliant book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 6/14/2010

    " James Lee Burke is a wonderful writer who obviously loves his Louisiana. The story almost takes 2nd place to his wonderful description of people and environment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Irene | 5/18/2010

    " I learned a lot about Louisiana. Toward the end I had to finish it. I like the author's vocabulary and writing style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marianne | 5/7/2010

    " Kind of a weird book for this author that I really like. His descriptions of southern LA are beautifully written. The people are veerrry strange. "

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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.