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Critically acclaimed and best-selling crime writer James Lee Burke returns to Louisiana where his ever-popular hero, Dave Robicheaux, sleuths his way through a hotbed of sin and uncertainty. For Dave Robicheaux, life in Louisiana is filled with haunting memories of the past. In Crusader's Cross, a deathbed confession from an old schoolmate resurrects a story of injustice, the murder of a young woman, and a time in Robicheaux's life he has tried to forget.
Her name may or may not have been Ida Durbin. It was back in the innocent days of the 1950s when Robicheaux and his brother, Jimmie, met her on a Galveston beach. She was pretty and Jimmie fell for her hard, not knowing she was a prostitute on infamous Post Office Street, with ties to the mob. Then Ida was abducted and never seen again.
Now, decades later, Robicheaux is asking questions about Ida Durbin, and a couple of redneck deputy sheriffs make it clear that asking questions is a dangerous game. With a series of horrifying murders and the sudden appearance of Valentine Chalons and his sister, Robicheaux is soon involved with the murderous energies of the New Orleans underworld.
©2005 James Lee Burke; (P)Simon & Schuster Inc. All rights reserved. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division.
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By Vivian on 07-12-05

Do not go by the rating

I do not know who the other person was that rated this book, but that person could not have listened. This is the a great Burke book, and I have read them all. It is my favorite formula in mysteries, a search for answers in the past , a clue a little at a time etc. Maybe it is that I am from the area that it is so believeable to be. Ok, so Burke is a little raw for some. Not for me. And Will Patton has always been one of my favorite readers.

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By John on 12-15-05

Beware of abridgements

I listened to this wonderful book in what turns out to have been an abridgement. I guess Audible's policy is to say 'unabridged' when an item is that, but not to say 'abridged' when the item is that. The abridger did as good a job, probably, as could be done. But the tight plot and carefully character detailing was lost, at least rendering the ending puzzling.

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