For Dave Robicheaux, life in Louisiana is filled with haunting memories of the past. In Crusader's Cross, a deathbed confession from an old schoolmate resurrects a story of injustice, the murder of a young woman, and a time in Robicheaux's life he has tried to forget.
Her name may or may not have been Ida Durbin. It was back in the innocent days of the 1950s when Robicheaux and his brother, Jimmie, met her on a Galveston beach. She was pretty, and Jimmie fell for her hard, not knowing she was a prostitute on infamous Post Office Street, with ties to the mob. Then Ida was abducted and never seen again.
Now, decades later, Robicheaux is asking questions about Ida Durbin, and a couple of redneck deputy sheriffs make it clear that asking questions is a dangerous game. With a series of horrifying murders and the sudden appearance of Valentine Chalons and his sister, Robicheaux is soon involved with the murderous energies of the New Orleans underworld.
©2005 James Lee Burke; (P)2005 Simon & Schuster Inc. All rights reserved. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division.
The smells, the poetic descriptions, the names of the characters, the colloquialisms, the flaws of the characters make this book perfection. This series, Burke and Patton, are beloved to me. They take my expectations of any other book to a level that is unfair. Crusader's Cross is a great story. You get to know Dave even better and join him in a major life event. Clete is on fire and adds the right amount of color and an "oh my gosh how are they going to get out of this" feeling. The mystery is complex and believable and personal. Just a work of art.
This is a good series, there are a lot of books in it so I do not write a review of them all, but on this occasion I have to point out that this is a stand out. The story is beautifully developed, the ending brought to an exciting conclusion and the language and description of events fabulous. I do have to add a bit to the narrator controversy, although I find Patton adequate, he butchers Cletus Purcell's voice, - but it does not take the audio out of the first rate category - it is just that he is not as good as the other prominent narrator for that character. There are times in this story when you have to find a way to keep the audio rolling, it is just so well written and compelling that there are simply not good places to pause. The villein is extremely well built and seems to have the upper hand although you are not sure who his surrounding cast is, there are great moments of suspense and surprise twists in the story.
Amnesia should no longer be allowed as the plot line for novels.
I'm done with Dave Robicheaux after several books. Tin Roof Blowdown was the best.
Will Patton uses a list of voices but it's not enough to keep you listening
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I was sorry I read this book. I like the main characters, I pretty much like Dave's philosophizing. But the amount of grisly violence (mostly to women) I had to put up with to endure a ridiculous plot that ends up nowhere made it it not worth it. Way too violent for little reason.
This is my first Dave Robicheaux novel and my first read by Will Patton. I loved both and will seek out more! Will Patton does such a good job I will look for more novels that he reads.
I bought this book based on the glowing reviews. I couldn't even listen to it for more than 2 hours. It was boring me to sleep in the middle of the day. I never did hear the author "turn a phrase" or give a fantastic description of anything. In the two hours I listened nothing happened to catch my interest or attention, so I switched to something else. When my MP3 player choked and had to be reformatted, I didn't even bother putting this back on it.
Will Patton's authentic, sweet, soft, southern drawl is music to my southern ears and the perfect voice for Dave and the other memorable New Iberia characters! Engaging, entertaining, and addicting, Crusader's Cross is Robicheaux (I mean Burke!) at his best.
Typical Dave, you say, "please don't do it" and he does it and gets in deep trouble. Will Patton makes these books come alive! He is absolutely the best at getting out what James Lee Burke puts into a book. Love his Cajun dialect, when he uses it. Great Book.
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