Crusader's Cross

Crusader's Cross

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Baker & Taylor
After hearing an old schoolmate's deathbed confession, Dave Robicheaux begins a search for a prostitute he met decades earlier who had dangerous ties to the mob, an endeavor that proves dangerous in the wake of a series of murders and the sudden appearance of a troubled young woman. By the author of In the Moon of Red Ponies. Reprint.

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After hearing an old schoolmate's deathbed confession, Dave Robicheaux searches for a prostitute with ties to the mob that he had met decades earlier, an endeavor that proves dangerous in the wake of a series of murders.

Simon and Schuster
For detective Dave Robicheaux, memories -- including those of a strange and violent summer from his youth -- are best left alone. But a dying man's confession forces Robicheaux to resurrect a decades-old mystery with a missing woman at its heart. Her name may or may not have been Ida Durbin, and Robicheaux's half brother, Jimmie, paid a brutal price for entering her world. Now the truth will plunge Robicheaux into the manipulations of New Orleans' wealthiest family, into a complex love affair of his own, and into hot pursuit of a killer expanding his territory beyond the Big Easy at a frightening pace.

Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, 2006
ISBN: 9780743277204
0743277201
Characteristics: 483 p. ; 18 cm

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Dec 04, 2018

I love James Lee Burke's prose, I have a vivid picture of Dave and his life. I can see, smell and hear everything due to his descriptions. At the beginning of the book, Dave is not working, but is rehired by Helen Swallow. Dave looks into the disappearance of woman from his brother's past as well as searching for a serial killer. There is a old, wealthy, crazy family at the center of the story. Clete doesn't have much part in this book, but does add to the action. Dave meets and marries Molly in this book. Definitely worth reading!!!

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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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