Crusader's Cross

Crusader's Cross

A Dave Robicheaux Novel

Book - 2005
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The deathbed confession of a schoolmate brings back memories for Dave Robicheaux of the murder of prostitute Ida Durbin in the 1950's. Robicheaux begins to look into the murder, but a couple of sheriffs make it clear that this could be dangerous. Matters become even more complicated for Dave when murders take place and Valentine Chalons and his sister arrive on the scene.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Simon & Schuster, c2005
ISBN: 9780743277198
0743277198
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY BUR
Characteristics: 325 p. ; 25 cm

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lukasevansherman
Mar 25, 2014

"My holstered .45 rested on a table, next to a bottle of Scotch, a paper plate containing the remains of a fried-shrimp dinner, a scattered deck of playing cards, and three empty glasses. The .45 was mine; the rest I had no memory of." Along with James Ellroy, James Lee Burke is my favorite living crime writer. Because he's stuck almost exclusively to the genre, I think he gets ignored by more high-brow critics, even though he is one of the best, most consistent novelists in the country. His longest running series features Vietnam vet and recovering alcoholic Dave Robicheuax, a detective in Louisiana. He excels at capturing place, nuanced characters and a real sense of evil. His writing can be both lyrical and visceral, a rarity in the crime genre. It's a series that you can really pick up at any point. -

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lukasevansherman
Mar 25, 2014

"My holstered .45 rested on a table, next to a bottle of Scotch, a paper plate containing the remains of a fried-shrimp dinner, a scattered deck of playing cards, and three empty glasses. The .45 was mine; the rest I had no memory of."
Along with James Ellroy, James Lee Burke is my favorite living crime writer. Because he's stuck almost exclusively to the genre, I think he gets ignored by more high-brow critics, even though he is one of the best, most consistent novelists in the country. His longest running series features Vietnam vet and recovering alcoholic Dave Robicheuax, a detective in Louisiana. He excels at capturing place, nuanced characters and a real sense of evil. His writing can be both lyrical and visceral, a rarity in the crime genre. It's a series that you can really pick up at any point.

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