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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,750 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 2010 ISBN: 9781442304321
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Beloved hero Detective Dave Robicheaux returns to his roots, becoming entangled in a series of murders connected with an ex-convict turned bestselling author. Another bestselling triumph from James Lee Burke.

A brilliant prose stylist, a preternaturally sensitive student of human nature, and a storyteller of the highest rank, James Lee Burke has created one of the classic characters of American fiction. Driven by a keen sense of right and wrong, forever in conflict with his twin demons of alcoholism and rage, Detective Dave Robicheaux is a flawed yet singularly sympathetic hero.

Detective Dave Robicheaux is back home in New Iberia Parish and once again on the trail of a killer. But when his best friend is accused of murder and his daughter gets involved with some shady business, Robicheaux will need to muster every ounce of guts, wit, and investigative chops he has to solve the case.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The sights, smells, and sounds of the Louisiana bayous become sensory experiences in Burke’s novels.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Intensely lyrical, heavily melancholic prose.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Burke, whose sonorous cadences and obsession with the past have often recalled Faulkner, has never resembled the sage of Yoknapatawpha more closely than in this magnificent attempt to get it all down between one cap and one period.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Another beautifully crafted effort.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2011 Macavity Award Nominee for Best Mystery Novel
  • One of the 2010 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books: Mysteries

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Charlie | 2/4/2014

    " A deeply disappointing read for me. I've had varied reactions to the Robicheaux series but I've loved the last two, Swan Peak and The Tin Roof Blowdown. I've enjoyed the Billy Bob Holland books and thought Rain Gods was absolutely killer. But this one felt like someone writing a parody of Burke's good stuff, like writer's tricks instead of the truth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 1/9/2014

    " I can't wait to see what happens to Dave next! I was stunned by the twist at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Coki | 1/6/2014

    " Listening to -- the better to enjoy the lyrical language and Cajun names. Good but not great. Kinda wandery and then not a very big payoff "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra | 1/6/2014

    " you cannot beat James Lee Burke for mystery. Dave Robicheaux and Clete Purcell rock. i have read every book in this group. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Les Aucoin | 11/22/2013

    " The plot is in danger of being smothered by too much description. Definitely not a page turner. Definitely not one of Burke's best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larry | 11/10/2013

    " Dave Robicheaux and Clete Purcel, back in Iberia Parish --- it doesn't get any better than this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 10/24/2013

    " Interesting main character, lush overblown writing, that really works. The tension builds, had to keep reading until the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phil | 10/24/2013

    " The latest book in the Dave Robicheaux series and by far the most poignant of them all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rose | 9/1/2013

    " The only thing better than reading a James Lee Burke book is listening to Will Patton read it on audiobook. Honest!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joel Brumfield | 7/8/2013

    " James Lee Burke is currently my favorite author! Excellent series and I really enjoy the Dave robicheaux character! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lilli | 4/2/2013

    " I am a huge fan of the Robicheaux books and this one did not disappoint. James Lee Burke raises the bar for mystery writing. No spoiler, but the ending was upsetting...I think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggard | 3/23/2013

    " seriously? seriously? (you know what I'm talking about, Mr. Lee Burke). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas Roth | 10/20/2012

    " Tn excellent thriller. Well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adelaide Muro | 9/26/2012

    " I love all his books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Montgomery | 9/19/2011

    " I love this character, and have been reading the series since 1979. If you read them, start at the beginning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura C. | 9/1/2011

    " Mr. Burke looks like Tommy Lee Jones and his main character talks like him too. I would read more. The book, a mystery in a series with a hard bitten detective is slightly formulaic, and I mean that in a good way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shruts | 7/13/2011

    " More introspection and obsessive-compulsion from South Louisiana's most troubled cop, all with a nail-biting cliff-hanging ending. Not to be missed by Robicheaux fans. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane Fanning | 5/9/2011

    " Fabulous! But I am so biased! James Lee Burke is my favorite novelist and I can't get enough of his Dave Robicheaux series. He does not disappoint with this latest offering. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 5/4/2011

    " Reading The Glass Rainbow, I couldn't help but think Burke's phoning it in at this point. I feel like I've read the same characters facing the same situations over and over and over again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachael | 4/22/2011

    " First book i have read by Burke and enjoyed it. I love to read southern based novels and authors. Just something about the south that makes a book so much more beautiful. Good suspence, was trying the whole way thru to try a figure out who did it. Good Read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darla | 4/21/2011

    " I would read anything by James Lee Burke. He never lets me down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marvin | 4/15/2011

    " This is my first James Lee Burke novel and it won't be my last. Mr. Burke's use of language is phenominal. This book had me captivated from the very beginning and I found myself living the story through the eyes of Dave Robicheaux and his sidekick Clete Purcel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 4/4/2011

    " It may have taken a bit longer to read,
    But it was well worth it. Loved the twist and turns this book took. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 3/25/2011

    " I've read all of Burke's books.
    He does a great job of setting scenes and building climaxes but generally the end comes about too quickly - left thinking what happened there?

    So JL a little less build up and a little more ending! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 3/24/2011

    " I love this character, and have been reading the series since 1979. If you read them, start at the beginning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank | 3/1/2011

    "
    Another great entry in a great series.

    Already ready for the next one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lou | 2/19/2011

    " Makes Southern Louisiana come alive. Dave Robicheaux and his pal Clete Purcel do their usual damage to the bad guys. Great story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 2/14/2011

    " It was good, much better than the previous one but still too much philosophy which slows the story down. I found myself skipping whole paragraphs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mailmanr5 | 2/14/2011

    " One of the best if not THE best in the series. "

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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.