From New York Times bestselling author James Lee Burke comes his definitive, must-read first title in his famous Dectective David Robicheaux series.
New Orleans Detective Dave Robicheaux has fought too many battles: in Vietnam, with police brass, with killers and hustlers, and the bottle. Lost without his wife's love, Robicheaux haunts the intense and heady French Quarter—the place he calls home, and the place that nearly destroys him when he beomes involved in the case of a young prostitute whose body is found in a bayou. Thrust into the seedy world of drug lords and arms smugglers, Robicheaux must face down the criminal underworld and come to terms with his own bruised heart and demons to survive.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Battling your personal demons is tricky enough. Throw in the Mafia, some arms dealers, and a few dodgy cops, and you’ve got the fixings of a great detective novel. The first installment in James Lee Burke’s long-running Dave Robicheaux series finds the New Orleans homicide detective investigating the death of a local sex worker—and discovering dangerous connections at every turn. Burke goes all out, packing this pulse-pounding story with gritty, realistic dialogue and harrowing suspense. Equally compelling are the author’s vivid portrayal of seedy 1980s New Orleans and his deep dive into his Vietnam vet hero’s fractured psyche. Some cases pit good guys against bad guys. But when things aren’t so clear, it’s a job for Dave Robicheaux.
Classic James Lee Burke. I had grown tired of the Dave Robichaux series, but was lured back in by the virtuoso performance of Tin Roof Blowdown. I was equally impressed with this latest novel. Here we see Robichaux and Clete Purcel on their original beat as the Bobsey Twins of NOPD homicide. Burke's voice and tempo are back to the quality of his earlier work.
FABULOUS,A great story, beautifully written and very entertaining. Great characters.
Lady pepper ROSE 2020
A very colorful author. The protagonist has to endure too much ( and repeated) torture for my taste. I enjoyed the descriptions of life in southern Louisiana in the 1970s.