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Crusader's Cross (Dave Robicheaux, Bk 14)
Crusader's Cross - Dave Robicheaux, Bk 14
Author: James Lee Burke
For detective Dave Robicheaux, memories -- including those of a strange and violent summer from his youth -- are best left alone. But a dying man's confession forces Robicheaux to resurrect a decades-old mystery with a missing woman at its heart. Her name may or may not have been Ida Durbin, and Robicheaux's half brother, Jimmie, paid a ...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780743277204
ISBN-10: 0743277201
Publication Date: 7/25/2006
Pages: 512
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4 stars, based on 93 ratings
Publisher: Pocket
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed Crusader's Cross (Dave Robicheaux, Bk 14) on + 244 more book reviews
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I am always struck by what a great writer Burke is. His command of the language is awesome! mixed in are such uniquely southern way of speaking that I wish I had a dictionary by my side! Highly recommended.
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Superb writing and a throbbing pace lift two-time Edgar-winner Burke's powerful, many-layered 14th Dave Robicheaux novel (after 2003's Last Car to Elysian Fields), which involves venal and arrogant members of a wealthy family that can trace its lineage to fifth-century France as well as the machinations of the New Orleans mafia.A conversation between Robicheaux and a dying childhood friend about Ida Durbin, a young prostitute that Robicheaux's half-brother, Jimmie, loved and lost in the late 1950s, sets the ex-homicide detective on a path that eventually leads to several gruesome killings and his near downfall. Unemployed, his wife dead, his daughter in college, Robicheaux rejoins the New Iberia, La., sheriff's department at the urging of Sheriff Helen Soileau, who needs an extra hand as the murders mount. While the tendrils of the sometimes rambling plot unfold, Robicheaux and his impulsive former police partner, PI Clete Purcell, seek retribution for injustices caused by a wide range of corrupt villains. Burke masterfully combines landscape and memory in a violent, complex story peopled by sharply defined characters who inhabit a lush, sensual, almost mythological world.
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Excellent read. Burke paints a portrait of Southern Louisiana and keeps you turning the pages.
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reviewed Crusader's Cross (Dave Robicheaux, Bk 14) on + 34 more book reviews
As much as I love Burke's writing, I still sometimes wish he weren't quite so verbose. Sometimes, I just don't need to read three paragraphs on how the mist hangs over the bayou in the morning, know what I mean? As to this particular story, I've read all the Robicheaux books up to this one, and I found this one to be one of the best so far. He started off good in his career and he just keeps getting better! One critic called Burke, "the rightful heir to Raymond Chandler", but I'd go further and say Burke has passed Chandler in talent.
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can't say enough good things about james lee burke!
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Good book, fast read.

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