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Publisher's Summary

James Lee Burke's most beloved character, Dave Robicheaux, returns in this gritty, atmospheric mystery set in the towns and backwoods of Louisiana.
Dave Robicheaux is a haunted man.
Between his recurrent nightmares about Vietnam, his battle with alcoholism, and the sudden loss of his beloved wife, Molly, his thoughts drift from one irreconcilable memory to the next. Images of ghosts at Spanish Lake live on the edge of his vision.
During a murder investigation, Dave Robicheaux discovers he may have committed the homicide he's investigating, one that involved the death of the man who took the life of Dave's beloved wife. As he works to clear his name and make sense of the murder, Robicheaux encounters a cast of characters and a resurgence of dark social forces that threaten to destroy all of those whom he loves. What emerges is not only a propulsive and thrilling novel but a harrowing study of America: this nation's abiding conflict between a sense of past grandeur and a legacy of shame, its easy seduction by demagogues and wealth, and its predilection for violence and revenge. James Lee Burke has returned with one of America's favorite characters in his most searing, most prescient novel to date.
©2018 James Lee Burke (P)2018 Simon & Schuster, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"A complex protagonist like Robicheaux and a consummate actor like [narrator Will] Patton are a recipe for success. Sure enough, Patton delivers. He extracts deep pathos from Robicheaux... Patton is a vocal chameleon - delivering unique, memorable voices time and again." (AudioFile)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Margaret on 01-05-18

Modern Day Master Work

If you haven't read James Lee Burke yet, you must get to know him. There may be no finer American writer alive today. The characters, place, and stories he offers are soul searing and profound. Along with Will Paton as narrator Burke's audiobooks are my standard for 5 stars. Do not miss Robicheaux. These are audiobooks I go back to, discovering more layers each listen. Set in the New Orleans area, the Robicheaux novels brings place to mind with the heat, lushness, and dankness palpable. It is like going on vacation to NOLA but getting caught in a dark web. Time with Dave Robicheaux and his oddly charming partner Clete Percel is probably my favorite escape. Knowing their backstories from previous works brings richness to this book. But you can pick up and put this plot in order easily. So much of what Burke does is magical. He leaves me haunted, loving Iberia, thinking deeply, and always wanting more.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Nancy in NC on 01-21-18

No One Writes Like James Lee Burke!!

I have never read an author who continues to get better with each novel as does James Lee Burke. Both Dave Robicheaux and Clete Purcell have aged and grown, especially Clete. They still have their demons; they still drive each other a little crazy. But, they stare into the heart of darkness whether it is within themselves or in the post edenic world of southern Louisiana. It is the integrity with which they live, and the understanding that they will not be able to right every wrong that gives them a depth of character that is unmatched in the noir crime genre.

Plus, no one writes about Louisiana like James Lee Burke. I can barely tolerate the humidity of my current state of North Carolina, and there is no way I could live in the gulf regions of Louisiana. But, his writing of the land choking with vegetation, the sunrise and sunsets upon the water, the storms, all seeming to scream of the power of creation is so attractive that I want to live there nontheless.

This is my first listen to a James Lee Burke novel as an Audible audio book. It was excellent.

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