I just recently discovered Burke. He moved immediately into my top 10 authors. His books are a combination of winning characters and settings, great plots, and a combination of violence and near poetry. This book was great!
I love all of the Dave Robicheaux novels. This one digs deeply into Robicheaux's past, and that of Iberia parish, with the revival of interest in an old murder of a civil rights leader and the revival of an old flame's interest in Dave. A good read as a stand-alone novel; even better for long-time fans of James Lee Burke and Dave Robicheaux.
One of Burke's series of crime stories set in the Louisiana bayou country, this story chronicles the difficult mission of Sheriff's Deputy Dave Robicheaux to confirm the guilt of a redneck named Aaron Crown in the killing of a civil rights leader back in the 1960s, and to find out what Crown's recent arrest has to do with an upcoming gubernatorial election. His task becomes mired in the history and inbred politics of New Iberia and thwarted by a ghoulish hit man who crawls out of the swamps to silence police informants. A wild story with enough oddball characters to make it interesting and worthwhile.
One of Burke's series of crime stories set in the Louisiana bayou country, this story chronicles the difficult mission of Sheriff's Deputy Dave Robicheaux to confirm the guilt of a redneck named Aaron Crown in the killing of a civil rights leader back in the 1960s, and to find out what Crown's recent arrest has to do with an upcoming gubernatorial election
Former Klansman & piney-woods outcast Aaron Crown in finally imprisoned for a decades old murder, it is Dave Robicheaux to whom he proclaims his innocence. Crown becomes a lightnng rod for every kind of trouble that the state of Louisiana can unearth. A documentary film writer seeking to prove Crown's innocence is viciously murdered; a New Orleans mobster accuses Robicheaux of taking a payoff to ignore Crown.
Bufore LaRose, gubernatorial candidate & author of a book on the Crown case leaves victims left & right as he campaigns & his wife cannot rein in her campaign for Robicheaux one more time.
The humidity, failed dreams, alcohol fumed passions mingle w/caddy convertibles, swamp hideouts, retaliation for imagined slights & flaming arrogance of those who deem themselves worthy.
Set in the Cajun country of Louisiana, this book tells the story of Aaron Crown, who was arrested for the decades old murder of her most famous black civil rights leader in the state. Dave Robicheaux sets out to prove that Crown has been made a scapegoat for years of collective guilt.
A Great Dave Robicheaux read. Dave, Cletus, Bootsie, Batist, Alafair, Helen and other SW louisiana characters get mixed up in gubernatorial politics, and the years-ago murder of an NAACP leader. Throw in a few really nasty folks, like Mingo Bloomberg, Mookie Zerrang and Dock Green and other coniving New Orleans low lifes and you've got another great novel by Burke. Good story to introduce the reader to the Robicheaux...who somehow manages with the help of his friends to stumble through and stay off the booze.
James Lee Burke is graphic and lyrical and this is Prime Burke. Dave Robichaux is in the line of fire as danger comes in swiftly from every direction, when all he wants to do is enjoy life on the bayou so lyrically described by Burke.
To the people of New Iberia, Aaron Crown's ways are the stuff of 'poor white piney-woods folklore.' His family were shiftless timber people from north Louisiana who brought their ways into the Cajun wetlands: poaching deer, stealing livestock, trailing rumors of ties to the Ku Klux Klan. No one was surprised when Crown was accused of assassinating the most famous black civil rights lawyer in Louisiana. But it took twenty-eight years for the system to put him in Angola Penitentiary.
Now Crown is proclaming his innocence-and asking Dave Robicheaux hor his help.
Classic Dave Robicheaux mystery starring the "usual suspects," Dave Robicheaux, Clete Purcell. Wonderful settings and moody background with fascinating characters and a great plot. Gripping, wonderfully well written mystery.