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.
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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.
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.
JLB- A Master Wordsmith and Story Teller-A Classic
Stumbled on JLB a few years ago and got smitten. Have read or re-read almost everything he's written. A master storyteller, terrific descriptive prose, believable characters, earthy dialog, a street level education and history lesson at the turn of a page. Now in the process of reviewing his offerings to discover that early one I missed. When through I'll re-read his legacy from the beginning and in order. A must have for the serious crime novel connaseur.