Crusader's Cross by James Lee Burke
A Dave Robicheaux Novel (Dave Robicheaux Mysteries)

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Critically acclaimed and bestselling 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 -- images from Vietnam, the violent streets of New Orleans, and his own troubled youth. 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, Honoria, a disturbed and deeply alluring woman, Robicheaux is soon involved not only with the Chalons family but with the murderous energies of the New Orleans underworld. Also, he meets and finds himself drawn into a scandalous relationship with a remarkable Catholic nun.
Brilliant, brooding, and filled with the author's signature lyricism, Jim Burke's latest novel is a darkly suspenseful work of literature.

About James Lee Burke

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James Lee Burke, a rare winner of two Edgar Awards, and named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, is the author of thirty-one previous novels and two collections of short stories, including such New York Times bestsellers as The Glass Rainbow, Swan Peak, The Tin Roof Blowdown, Last Car to Elysian Fields, and Rain Gods. He lives in Missoula, Montana.
Published July 12, 2005 by Simon & Schuster. 512 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Horror, Crime. Fiction

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And although Dave can’t accommodate Honoria—he’s busy pursuing an even more unlikely romance—he seems only too eager to help Val, falling off the wagon with disastrously bad timing and getting baited into repeated public indiscretions and acts of violence.

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Superb writing and a throbbing pace lift two-time Edgar-winner Burke's powerful, many-layered 14th Dave Robicheaux novel (after 2003's Last Car to Elysian Fields ), which involves venal and arrogant members of a wealthy family that can trace its lineage to fifth-century France as well as the mach...

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The girl had meant little to Dave, but his half-brother, Jimmie Robicheaux, had fallen in love with her after she saved Dave and Jimmie from a shark attack off of Galveston Island in the late 1950s.

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Trying to stay off the sauce and out of trouble, that hard-living Cajun wreck of a detective Dave Robicheaux is back on the job in Burke's 25th novel, tracking down both a plucky Galveston hooker who disappeared in 1958 and a present-day psychopath who's been slaughtering women across souther...

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Burke's protagonist, Dave Robicheaux, is a man troubled by a long, violent personal history.

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Marilyn Stasio Times-Picayune 3.5 of 5 Stars "… Burke once again crafts a tale of the roots of violence in American history and class prejudice.

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James Lee Burke returns us to the adventures of death-bedevilled Dave Robicheaux in this adventure, having aired his alternative protagonist, Billy Bob Holland in last year's MOON OF RED PONIES.

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