Robicheaux

Robicheaux

A Novel

Book - 2018
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Dave Robicheaux is a haunted man. From the acts he committed in Vietnam, to his battles with alcoholism, to the sudden loss of his beloved wife, Molly, his thoughts drift from one irreconcilable memory to the next. Images of ghosts pepper his reality. Robicheaux's only beacon remains serving as a detective in New Iberia, Louisiana. It's in that capacity that Robicheaux crosses paths with powerful mob boss, Tony Nemo. Tony has a Civil War sword he'd like to give to Levon Broussard, a popular local author whose books have been adapted into major Hollywood films. The sword's history can be traced back to Broussard's ancestors, and Tony figures it belongs to Levon. But Tony's intentions aren't so pure; he believes the gift will lead to a slice of Broussard's lucrative film adaptations. Then there's Jimmy Nightengale, the young poster boy of New Orleans wealth and glamour. Jimmy's fond of Levon's work, and even fonder of his beautiful, enigmatic wife, Rowena. Tony thinks Jimmy can be a US Senator someday, and has the resources and clout to make it happen. There's something off about the relationship between these three men, and after a vicious assault, it's up to Robicheaux to uncover the truth. Complicating matters is the sudden death of T.J. Dartez, the New Iberian local responsible for Molly's death. Robicheaux's colleague, Spade Labiche, thinks Robicheaux had something to do with it. Robicheaux's determined to clear his name. He's not alone; his daughter, Alafair, along with his old friend, Clete Purcel are right by Robicheaux's side as he searches for the killer, where a shocking discovery awaits.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2018
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781501176845
1501176846
Characteristics: 447 pages ; 25 cm

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the excellence of this superior series continues . Highly recommended for those who wish to raise themselves up above the dregs which is generally available throughout the genre. Rock on, Senor Burke!

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0007548100dmw
May 22, 2018

A typical Burke novel....much action and keeps your attention until the end. Great character development.

lindab1111 Mar 03, 2018

James Lee Burke is a master of crime fiction. The plots are complex, engrossing and not clichéd. Dave and Clete, the 2 main characters are flawed, intense and womderfully human. It is sometimes difficult to tell who is the most vile villain in his books. Serial killings and the search for justice take Dave and Clete into the heart of New Orleans. The book did not have a tidy conclusion and the twisted threads of the story made it impossible to predict the outcome. Love that Burke can write about wonderful heartbreaking characters and some complex but loathsome characters with such skill.

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7626dee
Feb 21, 2018

Not an easy character to like but perhaps the best medium to showcase the American Gulag we call Louisiana. The only place I have ever lived I truly disliked because of the deeply ingrained corruption and hate I felt among some of the native folk. Angola is a blight on the universe and should quite simply be erased from existence. The people of the bayous are from another world and another time.

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azstanz
Jan 09, 2018

No- he is still living- and in fact has some book recommendations in the latest "Week" magazine

didn't Burke die a few years ago? if so, the title card should reflect that important fact. if not, my bad. it is possible i mixed two of my favorite authors: tony hillerman and james lee burke. tony did pass several years ago, and the funny thing is his daughter carries on, using the same characters, setting, etc. there is also an alifair burke publishing books. i wonder if that is burke's daughter.....

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