Purple Cane Road Author:James Lee Burke Dave Robicheaux wonders about the legacy of his mother, who has been dead to him since his youth. Mae Guillory has been shuttered away in the deep recesses of Robicheaux's mind, and he's lived with the fact that he would never really know what happened to the woman who left him to the devices of a whiskey-driven father. — While helping out an old... more » friend, Dave is stunned when a pimp looks at him sideways and asks if he is the son of Mae Guillory, the whore a bunch of cops murdered 30 years ago. Her body was dumped in the bayou bordering Purple Cane Road, and the cops who left her there are still on the job.
Dave's search for his mother's killers leads him to the darker places in his past, and solving this case teaches him what it means to be his mother's son.