When Detective Dave Robicheaux discovers disturbing secrets from his mother's past, he embarks on a journey through a murky world of vice, politics and murder. Robicheaux has been told that his mother, Mae, was a hooker and ended her life drowned in a mud puddle by two cops working for the Mob. As Robicheux and his partner hunt for the killers, ...Read MoreWhen Detective Dave Robicheaux discovers disturbing secrets from his mother's past, he embarks on a journey through a murky world of vice, politics and murder. Robicheaux has been told that his mother, Mae, was a hooker and ended her life drowned in a mud puddle by two cops working for the Mob. As Robicheux and his partner hunt for the killers, they hook up with a door-to-door salesman turned state governor, a psychotic hit-man, and the owner of the mansion at Purple Cane Road - who knows rather too much about Robicheux's wife ...Read Less
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Of the eight Dave Robicheaux novels I've read or heard on audiobook, "Purple Cane Road" is one of my two favorites -- the other being "In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead" (with its Tom Wolfe-ish title). While the central plot of "Purple Cane Road" involves Robicheaux's quest to learn the dark fate of his long-dead mother , Burke generously salts his story with his usual array of quaint, sometimes bizarre, and often violent, characters: Vachel Carmouche, the disgraced executioner of Angola prison, Lettie and Passion LaBieche -- identical twin sisters, one of whom is sentenced to death for the revenge killing of Carmouche -- and Clete Purcell, Robicheaux's closest friend. Robicheaux suffers an even greater share of angst than usual as he struggles to uncover the facts behind his mother's death and to see her for the person she really was. The result is perhaps the most poignant of the Dave Robicheaux novels, with Burke's characterizations at their most stark and revealing, his prose at its most descriptive and eloquent.
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