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.
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 just finished Crusader's Cross and I can't say enough about it. This was a thoroughly enjoyable listen. James Lee Burke's writing and the expert narration by Will Patton make you feel like you're in the Louisiana Bayou along side Dave Robicheaux. I'm adding this to my very short "listen to again" list.
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.
James Lee Burke does it again. This is not the narrator who usually does his books, and it took some getting used to.
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.
I usually do not read crime novels, but from the first James Lee Burke ,Dave Robicheaux, book I read I was a decacaed fan. It is simple this is a great book. There is humor,tragedy, mystry and suspens. If you have read this series before, I think this is one of the best one. If you are new to James Lee Burke, try this one, your do not have to have read the others to read this one it is a great stand alone book.
Great writing. Great job of presenting setting and comments on humanity, characters and motivation. Nice job of presenting the nuances of alcohol addiction. There were clues presented early, like a character swallowing a wedding ring, that weren't followed up. It left me wondering why such a great detective let clues slip. He knew the DNA of a murder victim but didn't use the info to connect to the murderer and continued to act surprised that the victim wasn't related to other suspects. Despite what were probably editing/proofreading flaws, the writing is so good, that other things can be forgiven.
What ever happened to the days of editors who actually read the book and sent it back to the author?
Say something about yourself!
Dave and Clete come alive with Will Patton narrating this story. Fascinating to listen.
It's at the top of the list ... as are ALL of the Dave Robicheaux books recorded by Will Patton.
Dave. And Clete's right behind ... and sometimes a little ahead. The characters are so real, and Burke's philosophy rings so true, and the atmosphere he creates ... I suppose that if you've never lived in South Louisiana, you might not believe it. But Burke's voice tells it like it is.
PLEASE request that Will Patton re-record the Dave Robicheaux books 1-13. The other narrators just didn't get it; words were mispronounced and though an attempt at the regional dialect was made, it wasn't achieved. Patton's narration is so superior that I'd purchase them again.
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