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Crusader's Cross: A Dave Robicheaux Novel | [James Lee Burke]

Crusader's Cross: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

Critically acclaimed and best-selling crime writer James Lee Burke returns to Louisiana where his ever-popular hero, Dave Robicheaux, sleuths his way through a hotbed of sin and uncertainty.
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Critically acclaimed and best-selling crime writer James Lee Burke returns to Louisiana where his ever-popular hero, Dave Robicheaux, sleuths his way through a hotbed of sin and uncertainty.

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.

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    Raymond HK, Hong Kong 12-20-06
    Raymond HK, Hong Kong 12-20-06
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable"

    Captivating and engrossing. Interesting characters, interesting setting and interest plot.

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    Will 12-09-06
    Will 12-09-06 Member Since 2011
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    "Another Monet with words."

    Buying a book for my brother’s birthday several years ago, one of James Lee Burke’s books was recommended to me. Unfamiliar with Burke, I wanted to sample his writing and couldn’t put the book down. I became an immediate fan of Dave Robicheaux, Burke’s recurring character and one suspects his alter ego. The writing is tight, with serpentine but believable plots, and packed with action. Characters and scenes are beautifully painted with words. A Faulkneresque Monet. Burke is quite simply the best contemporary American mystery writer out there. The only thing separating him from being a great writer beyond his time is the inability to transcend his mystery genre, and he has tried. Outside of Robicheaux, the writing lacks the intensity and conviction. Inside is greatness. Burke should be required reading for advanced writing and literature courses except, I suspect, parents and school boards might have a problem with some of the language and sometimes lurid scenes.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ann LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 07-31-06
    Ann LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 07-31-06 Member Since 2013
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    "What listening is all about"

    Will Patton's narration of this book was wonderful. I listened to it during a long trip and found myself sorry when the book ended before the drive.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Narberth, PA, USA 04-21-06
    Christine Narberth, PA, USA 04-21-06
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    "Maybe too much Dave"

    I like the Dave Robicheaux series and have always read, not listened to them. I don't know if it was the fact that I was listening or that it is one book too many in the series but I find the descriptions of weather, smells, memories repetitive and not always relevant - almost as if the author is getting too caught up in the sound of his own voice. While a good mystery, it was almost as if he said "OK, long enough, I have to end it now", without tying up the threads.

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    Susan Denton, TX, USA 09-22-05
    Susan Denton, TX, USA 09-22-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Poetry"

    Another outstanding story from Mr. Burke. Will Patton is a wonderful reader of James Lee Burke novels because he understands the prose. This is really great listening. Beautiful descriptions and character development. Highly recommended.

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    Michael West Lebanon, NH, USA 08-20-05
    Michael West Lebanon, NH, USA 08-20-05
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    "Great book, poorly read"

    As usual, JLB had brought us a wonderful book. Dave Robicheaux, who must be pushing or past 60, is still in prime form. But the reader, Will Patton, sounds too young, and his indefinite "Southern" accent detracts from Dave's Cajun roots. If Mark Hammer had read, I would have given five stars.

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    Paul 07-27-05
    Paul 07-27-05
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    "Another Good One!"

    I had to stop a few times just to savor James Lee Burke's descriptive language. He is still a powerful writer. I was initially disappointed to find that Mark Hammer was not the narrator, but Will Patton proved himself a worthy reader. It was great to revisit some of favorite flawed characters.

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    Elithea Tampa, FL, USA 08-17-05
    Elithea Tampa, FL, USA 08-17-05
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    "wrong narrator!"

    I love hearing the Burke books and want more and more unabridged. I've listened to them exclusively for the past couple of months, including on a trip to New Orleans. So imagine my dismay when the voices I was so used to, of which I craved more, disappeared and were replaced by this limp, beat poet reading. No fair! I wish I'd checked the narrator before I bought it, I just assumed it would be Mark Hammer. What a disappointment!

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Alan San Diego, CA, United States 12-07-07
    Alan San Diego, CA, United States 12-07-07 Member Since 2007
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    "First Time Burke Reader"

    This is the first Burke novel I read. I liked the main character, Robichaux, and I liked the description of people and places. This is a drama, detective, mystery story. Not my favorite genre. Lacks the thrill and adventure that I enjoy, never the less, giving it three stars and will probably get The Tin Roof Blowdown sometime in the future. Even though it was a little slow for me it was every well written.

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    Lenore Carmel, CA, USA 09-29-05
    Lenore Carmel, CA, USA 09-29-05
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    "Thankfully Burke changed the narrator"

    I have two other Burke books that I can't stand to listen to because the reader actually made me gag. He sounded as if he were ready to join his ancestors in the sky with about as much breath left as a person with emphyzema. I'm going to try this after listening to the new narrator.

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