The second Dave Robicheaux novel from the award-winning crime writer. Dave Robicheaux is trying to put a life of violence and crime behind him, leaving homicide to run a boat-rental business in Louisiana's bayou country. But one day while fishing in the Gulf with his wife Annie, he witnesses an event that will change his life forever. A small two ...
The second Dave Robicheaux novel from the award-winning crime writer. Dave Robicheaux is trying to put a life of violence and crime behind him, leaving homicide to run a boat-rental business in Louisiana's bayou country. But one day while fishing in the Gulf with his wife Annie, he witnesses an event that will change his life forever. A small two-engine plane suddenly crashes into the sea and Robicheaux dives down to the wreckage to find four bodies and one survivor; a little girl miraculously trapped in a pocket of air. When the authorities insist only three bodies were recovered from the plane, Robicheaux decides to investigate the mystery of the missing man.
Near Fine in Fine jacket. Book New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1988. First edition. Burke's second novel featuring ex-New Orleans cop Dave Robicheaux. Octavo. Mild bit of soiling to the fore-edge; else fine in a pristine dust jacket.
Irving Freeman (jacket art) Fine in Fine DJ; clean, tight, & attractive; dj protected by new Mylar wrap. 8 vo; gray paper covered boards with black spine strip; silver spine lettering; 292 pp; illust. dj. Second Robicheaux novel.
0805006656. INSCRIBED by James Lee Burke on the second title page. Near fine in a fine dj. (Paper in text lightly age toned. Trivial stain on rear board. Couple faint spots at top edge. Hint of foxing on endpapers) SECOND Dave Robicheaux novel. Basis for a film adaptation.
Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 8vo; [viii], 292,  pages. 0805006656. A Near Fine first printing of the first edition, minor bumps and traces of use, prior owner's name on front paste down in Near Fine dust-jacket, flaps slightly yellowed and creased. Signed by author James Lee Burke directly on the title page; James Lee Burke's second tale of Dave Robicheaux after "The Neon Rain". No longer a New Orleans homicide detective, Robicheaux, now runs a bait and boat-rental business in the bayous and does his best to put a past of crime and violence behind him.
SIGNED. Signed on free front end paper with a short inscription-tiny push to top of the boards, pages tanning as usual and flaps of dust jacket are faded. Fine. 1. Protected in clear Mylar cover. Bubble wrapped and shipped in a box. We do not stock or sell ex-library or Book Club editions. Mystery.
I started reading James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux novels somewhere in the middle, which is what my library had. Got really caught up in Dave's tortured psyche and past, and this novel takes you back to what happened to form him: how he rescued Alafair, his adopted daughter, how his young wife came to her bloody end, etc. Lots of good Dave-stuff here.
May 14, 2009
Gritty characters who always seem to walk the line between danger and humanity. Burke's colorful depictions of his charactersand the area simply transforms the reader inside the storyline. The author introduces Alafair and in spite of language differences smoothly integrates her into story. The constant struggle with good and evil, right and wrong and the psychological ying and yang that Robicheaux deals with daily makes for fascinating reading. Burke merits comparison with southern Gothic type authors and is by far one of the top writers in his genre,
Dec 6, 2007
This book is very well written, the characters are unique and entertaining. I love all of James Lee Burke's books beause they take place in my home state of Louisiana. I think that James Lee Burke is one of todays best writers
Publishers Weekly, 1988-03-25 First met in Burke's excellent mystery, The Neon Rain, Dave Robicheaux is a driven mandriven by his constant battle with alcoholism; by memories of his past as a detective on the New Orleans police force; by his need for order; by his obsession with the seedy, aberrant side of New Orleans life. Trying to put his own life together again, Dave has married Annie and now runs a small fishing rental business in the Louisiana bayou. When he and Annie witness the crash of a small plane, in which four peopleobviously illegal aliensdie, and only a little girl survives, Robicheaux is drawn to the trail of a network of crimes that suggests a Central American dope-running ring operated with the connivance of federal agents. Violence ensues, and Robicheaux, no stranger to tragedy, must confront it again when Annie becomes a victim. Haunted by guilt, deeply depressed, in constant danger, Robicheaux trusts no one, including the cops, for he knows that they too, are capable of skirting the law. Burke beautifully evokes New Orleans and the mysterious bayous, and he skillfully depicts the different lifestyles that distinguish the Gulf region. Robicheaux is a complex character whose integrity and high principles are always in conflict with the darker side of human nature. This is a mystery fans will savor for its ruminating intelligence and graceful prose as well as for its heart-stopping suspense.(April) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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