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James Lee Burke's new novel, Swan Peak, finds Detective Robicheaux far from his New Iberia roots, attempting to relax in the untouched wilderness of rural Montana. He, his wife, and his buddy, Clete Purcell, have retreated to stay at an old friend's ranch, hoping to spend their days fishing and enjoying their distance from the harsh, gritty landscape of Louisiana post-Katrina.

But the serenity is soon shattered when two college students are found brutally murdered in the hills behind where the Robicheauxs and Purcell are staying. They quickly find themselves involved in a twisted and dangerous mystery involving a wealthy, vicious oil tycoon, his deformed brother and beautiful wife, a sexually deviant minister, an escaped con and former country-music star, and a vigilante Texas gunbull out for blood.

At the center of the storm is Clete, who cannot shake the feeling that he is being haunted by the ghosts from his past - namely Sally Dio, the mob boss he'd sabotaged and killed years before.

In this expertly drawn, gripping story, Burke deftly weaves intricate, engaging plotlines and original, compelling characters with his uniquely graceful prose. He transcends genre yet again in the latest thrilling addition to his New York Times best-selling series.

More mayhem? Listen to more of James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux thrillers.
©2008 James Lee Burke; (P)2008 Simon and Schuster, Inc.

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Worth Your Credits!

Really enjoyed this book. Good narrator, great story! Worth it! Do it!

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  • Candace
  • Tracy, CA, United States
  • 10-30-08

Worth a Listen

I like the whole series, although the dialoge and theme can be a little racial. I enjoy hearing about New Orleans as it is a place I have always wanted to visit and never got the chance. This book has some pretty wicked characters and solves one of the mysteries from an earlier book in this series. Clete Purcel is in the middle and at his worst (best). If you are a Dave Robicheaux fan, you should give this one a listen.

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blah blah blah

It was a good story but the excursions into their minds and the plethora of 50 cent words are boring boring boring, and just distracts from what could be a good book, I think

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Swan Peak Very Interesting cover-cover

Supurbe narration. Intensely interesting. Embodies Montana values. It's man's reading. Some isolated women might find it's too earthy. But I loved everything about this book.

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swan peak

James Lee Burke is always excellent. His work is even better when narrated by Jeffery Archer

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Perhaps It's a Man's Book

I did listen to the book in its entirety although I would fast forward through parts of it. I found it very long and a bit of a snooze. But I really think it is partly because of my overall taste in books. I bought this book because of its rating. I guess Patterson is not my kind of listen. Too macho.

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  • Ann
  • Stow, OH, United States
  • 12-11-08

Not up to par

I love James Lee Burke, but this book was just not up to his other books. I was never able to get into the story and haven't been able to finish it. It was a huge disappointment after listening to "Tin Roof Blow Down". Read the other negative reviews and heed their warnings.

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