The 11th Dave Robicheaux novel from bestseller James Lee Burke. 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 ...
The 11th Dave Robicheaux novel from bestseller James Lee Burke. 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 Robichaeux 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 Robichaeux's wife ...
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.
Publishers Weekly, 2000-07-24 HAfter the relatively lightweight Sunset Limited (1998), Cajun cop Dave Robicheaux returns in a powerhouse of a thriller that shows Burke writing near the peak of his form. Robicheaux faces his most personal case yet, when a pimp puts him on the trail of the truth behind his mother's long-ago disappearance. Meanwhile, he uncovers new evidence in the case of death-row inmate Letty Labiche, who took a mattock to the man who molested her as a child, state executioner Vachel Carmouche. Burke parades the usual cast of grotesques: feckless Louisiana governor Belmont Pugh; cold-blooded attorney general Connie Deshotel; sleazy police liaison officer Jim Gable, who "keeps the head of a Vietnamese soldier in a jar of chemicals"; and psychopathic hit man Johnny Remata, who acts as all-around avenging angel. Wife Bootsie's having had a fling with Gable drives Robicheaux into a jealous fury more than once, while daughter Alafair's flirtation with Johnny raises the temperature even higher. Old buddy Clete Purcell doesn't have a lot to do, other than to contribute to the general mayhem. Once Robicheaux learns that his mother fell afoul of a couple of New Orleans cops in the pay of the Giacano crime family, it's a simple matter of identifying the guilty pair and bringing them to justiceDor is it? Burke winds up an often convoluted and gratuitously violent plot with a dynamite ending that will leave readers feeling truly satisfied, if a bit shell-shocked. Major ad/promo; author tour. (Aug.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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