Robicheaux

Robicheaux

A Novel

Book - 2018
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"Dave Robicheaux is a haunted man. From the acts he committed in Vietnam, to his battles with alcoholism, to the sudden loss of his beloved wife, Molly, his thoughts drift from one irreconcilable memory to the next. Images of ghosts pepper his reality. Robicheaux's only beacon remains serving as a detective in New Iberia, Louisiana. It's in that capacity that Robicheaux crosses paths with powerful mob boss, Tony Nemo. Tony has a Civil War sword he'd like to give to Levon Broussard, a popular local author whose books have been adapted into major Hollywood films. The sword's history can be traced back to Broussard's ancestors, and Tony figures it belongs to Levon. But Tony's intentions aren't so pure; he believes the gift will lead to a slice of Broussard's lucrative film adaptations. Then there's Jimmy Nightengale, the young poster boy of New Orleans wealth and glamour. Jimmy's fond of Levon's work, and even fonder of his beautiful, enigmatic wife, Rowena. Tony thinks Jimmy can be a US Senator someday, and has the resources and clout to make it happen. There's something off about the relationship between these three men, and after a vicious assault, it's up to Robicheaux to uncover the truth. Complicating matters is the sudden death of T.J. Dartez, the New Iberian local responsible for Molly's death. Robicheaux's colleague, Spade Labiche, thinks Robicheaux had something to do with it. Robicheaux's determined to clear his name. He's not alone; his daughter, Alafair, along with his old friend, Clete Purcel are right by Robicheaux's side as he searches for the killer, where a shocking discovery awaits."--Amazon.com.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2018
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501176845
1501176846
Characteristics: 447 pages ; 25 cm

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talk2terih
Sep 11, 2018

For those of us not from the South, Louisiana can seem at times like a foreign country, mired in the past, hopelessly backward, and even degenerate. It is all if those things, but it is much more, too. And that more can take considerable time and effort to unearth.

Burke's Dave Robicheaux and his other unusual and colorful characters allow us to peek below the surface where we find both the squirming insect and the heart of gold, each living side by side in the same person or environment.

Like all of Burke's books this one is intelligently and beautifully written. If you are well-educated, you will have plenty of opportunities to pat yourself on the back as literary and historical references abound. If you are not, read this book with your tablet or laptop nearby and look up the references as you go along. You will get information along with your entertainment.

Highly recommended.

AnnabelleLee27 Sep 04, 2018

While I love Dave Robicheaux, this installment was disappointing; the mystery was disjointed, several characters were inconsistent and some just "disappeared" from the story without explanation, the resolution was unconvincing, and the book was over-long. There are much better novels in this series which explore Robicheaux's character and which develope much more interesting and complex antagonists (Swan Peak is one of my all time favorites). That being said, there were still some wonderful sections where Robicheaux reflects on his life, the past, and how these continue to play out in the larger present as well as references to Burke's previous non-Robicheaux novel White Doves at Morning (which I also love).

the excellence of this superior series continues . Highly recommended for those who wish to raise themselves up above the dregs which is generally available throughout the genre. Rock on, Senor Burke! hollywood made an excellent film, starring Alec Baldwin, Kelly Lynch, Terri Hatcher,Mary Stuart Masterson,and Eric Roberts, of an earlier novel from this series: HEAVEN'S PRISONERS. For those who have to 'power through' novels, i highly recommend seeing this film. I am in effect saying any book starring dave robicheaux is as good as the next.

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0007548100dmw
May 22, 2018

A typical Burke novel....much action and keeps your attention until the end. Great character development.

ArapahoeAnnaL May 08, 2018

Gorgeous descriptions of the Louisiana bayou and surrounding area. Robicheaux is a tough police detective haunted by abuse of the downtrodden and vulnerable and not squeamish about using violence in the pursuit of justice. The horrors of slavery compete in his mind with romantic visions of bedraggled Confederate soldiers dying for a lost cause.

lindab1111 Mar 03, 2018

James Lee Burke is a master of crime fiction. The plots are complex, engrossing and not clichéd. Dave and Clete, the 2 main characters are flawed, intense and womderfully human. It is sometimes difficult to tell who is the most vile villain in his books. Serial killings and the search for justice take Dave and Clete into the heart of New Orleans. The book did not have a tidy conclusion and the twisted threads of the story made it impossible to predict the outcome. Love that Burke can write about wonderful heartbreaking characters and some complex but loathsome characters with such skill.

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7626dee
Feb 21, 2018

Not an easy character to like but perhaps the best medium to showcase the American Gulag we call Louisiana. The only place I have ever lived I truly disliked because of the deeply ingrained corruption and hate I felt among some of the native folk. Angola is a blight on the universe and should quite simply be erased from existence. The people of the bayous are from another world and another time.

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USAF1969
Jan 31, 2018

ROBICHEAUX is the 21st novel in James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux series. Dave is getting older and haunted by all sorts of things, including his wartime experiences, alcohol abuse, and current cases. His mental anguish weaves through another great Burke novel along with the most dysfunctional collection of characters I can recall seeing together, and the story taking taking place, as usual, in a world far apart from that most of us know. Burke does a great job of weaving together a complex, yet exciting story. The book also has his usual pithy social and philosophical comments sprinkled in, and that reflect both ancient wisdom and current social trends. He even inserts a possibly very flawed person as a political candidate who is caught up in the story line as suspect or savior (in the political sense). We are told in the book's epilogue that this person becomes a US Senator - which leaves open the hint of a 22nd Robicheaux novel perhaps in the works. Burke is one of the great novelists of our time. Great read.

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azstanz
Jan 09, 2018

No- he is still living- and in fact has some book recommendations in the latest "Week" magazine

didn't Burke die a few years ago? if so, the title card should reflect that important fact. if not, my bad. it is possible i mixed two of my favorite authors: tony hillerman and james lee burke. tony did pass several years ago, and the funny thing is his daughter carries on, using the same characters, setting, etc. there is also an alifair burke publishing books. i wonder if that is burke's daughter.....

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