Since winning the Edgar Award for Black Cherry Blues in 1989, James Lee Burke has enthralled an increasing number of fans with books that transport the reader to the dangerous streets of New Orleans. Here, Cajun sleuth Dave Robicheaux finds himself entangled with the Sonnier family, childhood friends whose lives have been unalterably shaped by ...
Since winning the Edgar Award for Black Cherry Blues in 1989, James Lee Burke has enthralled an increasing number of fans with books that transport the reader to the dangerous streets of New Orleans. Here, Cajun sleuth Dave Robicheaux finds himself entangled with the Sonnier family, childhood friends whose lives have been unalterably shaped by abusive parents.
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Great story but it seems as the main character would learn from his mistakes. I have read most of James Lee Burke's books and will continue to read new ones and will look for those that I have not read.
Jun 25, 2009
if you haven't read Burke, you should!
i guess it is really hard for me to be objective. I, and a lot of other people, think he is one of today's greatest writers. He does it all; real characters, flawed heroes, beautiful prose, great stories, insightful introspection...
Publishers Weekly, 1993-04-05 As the murder of a local cop draws him into the painful conflicts of a bayou family, sadistic villains and interior demons plague Cajun police detective Dave Robicheaux in this satisfying novel of suspense. (May)
Publishers Weekly, 1992-01-27 Sadistic villains and interior demons plague Cajun police detective Dave Robicheaux as the murder of a local cop draws him into the painful conflicts of the Sonnier family, with whom he grew up near the bayous. Weldon Sonnier, an oil speculator perhaps involved with organized crime in New Orleans, is married to the sister of racist Louisiana politician Bobby Earl; Lyle Sonnier is a televangelist with a widely publicized gift of healing that antagonizes the detective, whose wife has lupus; Weldon and Lyle's sister, Drew, whom Robicheaux loved as a teenager, is New Iberia's liberal eccentric. Harshly abused as children, the Sonniers exert a strong pull on Robicheaux, whose desire to help pits him and his former New Orleans police department partner Cletus Purcel against southern Louisiana's fierce Mafia leader and his hired thugs, one of whom, Robicheaux observes, has a face with the ``moral depth and complexity of freshly poured cement.'' While attending AA meetings, trying to cope with both his response to his wife's illness and his moral rage at Earl's politicking, Robicheaux pursues killers through biker bars and unearths long-buried secrets in the Sonnier past. Burke ( A Morning for Flamingos ) resolves the complex case in a satisfying climax as Robicheaux comes to terms with social ills, the evil of individuals and his own helplessness to overcome them. $100,000 ad/promo. (Apr.)
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