By James Lee Burke
(Pocket Books, Mass Market Paperbound, 9781416548546, 564pp.)
Publication Date: May 26, 2009
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James Lee Burke's beloved Louisiana lawman Dave Robicheaux returns--this time, traveling from New Iberia Parish to the wilds of Montana in this adventure-filled sequel to "Black Cherry Blues."
Dave Robicheaux, his wife, and his buddy Clete Purcell have retreated to an old friend's ranch, hoping to spend their days fishing and enjoying their distance from the harsh, gritty landscape of Louisiana post-Katrina. But the serenity is soon shattered when two college students are found brutally murdered in the hills behind where the Robicheauxs and Purcell are staying. They quickly find themselves involved in a twisted and dangerous mystery involving a wealthy, vicious oil tycoon, his deformed brother and beautiful wife, a sexually deviant minister, an escaped con and former country music star, and a vigilante Texas gunbull out for blood. At the center of the storm is Clete, who cannot shake the feeling that he is being haunted by the ghosts from his past--namely Sally Dio, the mob boss he'd sabotaged and killed years before.
Deftly weaving intricate, engaging plotlines and original, compelling characters with his graceful prose, Burke transcends genre yet again in the latest thrilling addition to his "New York Times "bestselling series.