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Dave Robicheaux is a haunted man. Between his recurrent nightmares, his thoughts drift from one irreconcilable memory to the next. During a murder investigation, Dave Robicheaux discovers he may have committed the homicide he's investigating, one which involved the death of the man who took the life of Dave's beloved wife. As he works to clear his name, Robicheaux encounters a cast of characters and a resurgence of dark social forces that threaten to destroy all of those whom he loves.

©2018 James Lee Burke (P)2018 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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  • Elinor Dashwood
  • 03-15-18

Not Burke's best, but still very good

This isn't the best James Lee Burke, and I found the ending a bit lame, but even on a bad day, he's a master of his craft. As usual Will Patton reads like a dream, though I do wish he'd look up how to pronounce "misogyny" correctly.

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  • Ms. S. J. McReynolds
  • 01-21-18

Gripping as always

Will Patton's narration unimpeachable..story compelling but perhaps a little too much overblown philosophising this time.

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  • Baz Borozitch
  • 09-02-18

Classic. A return to form

I was unconvinced by Dave and Clete's previous outing but this was perfect. All the dark poetry and beautiful imagery, the flawed good guys, the mixed up bad guys. JLB back to his best.

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  • Lisa Crowe
  • 08-19-18

Wonderful as always

Interesting story line given current rise of populism! The “Bopsie twins from homocide” do it again.
Burke’s bad guys are so believable, they make your skin crawl. He is a brilliant writer and I’m, for one, very thankful for his genius.

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  • Andy
  • 06-29-18

Poetic

Listening to a James Lee Burke book is a real pleasure. The stories are always great you revisit characters that you know and love and in particular you he writes in a manner which has depth and is very poetic and evocative. I can honestly say that for me he is in a league of his own.
This book is the latest in a long line of 5star books. A must read

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  • Mark
  • 03-14-18

The Bobbsey Twins on Top Form

The 21st outing for Dave and Clete and it's a corker with incredibly rich characters and wonderful evocations of times gone by in a lost paradise. Against this lush background are some terrific villains and the spectacularly creepy 'Smiley'. What a character!
Dave clearly feels 'time's winged chariot hurrying near' but I hope he's got enough puff left in him for further adventures as nothing compares to this series for literary crime fiction of the highest order.

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  • judith
  • 02-20-18

He's back!

Thrilled to see a new Robicheaux on the block. Usual suspects, either real or imaginary. Greatly relieved by the absence of Cletus' ghastly daughter, and minimal outing of Alafair.
But why...oh , but that's a plot spoiler ......see what you think ;)!

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  • Simon
  • 02-08-18

Another stunning book from one of the very best

Any Dave Robicheaux novel is a treat, but when you’ve waited some considerable time for one, it’s doubly so. That said, it has to live up to its heritage and I’m very pleased to say this book does that with ease. Will Patton’s narration is as good as it gets and he brings to life JLBs characters like no one else could. Elements of the story are reflective of Dave Robicheaux’s past and how that always seems to collide head on with present, only serving to make life harder for him, as he becomes more determined to unravel the truth. No one paints a picture quite like JLB and as I’m sure I’ve said in the past, you are transported to the world of Dave, Clete, Alafair & co, so much so that you can feel the sun on your skin and the wind in your hair. More than that you experience the conflict in the man as he takes his first sip of bourbon and knows how the night is going to finish up. I know of many another author that should have retired a lead character many books ago, but keep churning out shadows of earlier books, that is not so here, this one only makes you wish for the next. Thank you Mr Burke!

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  • Boris Backache
  • 01-25-18

James Lee Burke at his best!

I've read all of James Lee Burke novels and for me this rates as one of his best. Second only to Into The Electric Mist With The Confederate Dead, Robicheaux has some beautifully drawn characters, mystical, mythical and realistic, some real warmth and humour along with the usual violence and mayhem that his characters create. It has a great storyline and is beautifully narrated here by Will Patton. Nice one!!

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  • GMI
  • 06-25-18

Terrific

Another winner from the Master of gorgeous prose. Dave and Cloete are wonderfully flawed but honourable and loving role models.

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