Purple Cane Road by James Lee Burke

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Dave Robicheaux has spent his life confronting the age-old adage that the sins of the father pass onto the son. But what has his mother's legacy left him? Dead to him since youth, Mae Guillory has been shuttered away in the deep recesses of Dave's mind. He's lived with the fact that he would never really know what happened to the woman who left him to the devices of his whiskey-driven father. But deep down, he still feels the loss of his mother and knows the infinite series of disappointments in her life could not have come to a good end.

While helping out an old friend, Dave is stunned when a pimp looks at him sideways and asks him if he is Mae Guillory's boy, the whore a bunch of cops murdered 30 years ago. The pimp goes on to insinuate that the cops who dumped her body in the bayou were on the take and continue to thrive in the New Orleans area.

Dave's search for his mother's killers leads him to the darker places in his past and solving this case teaches him what it means to be his mother's son. PURPLE CANE ROAD has the dimensions of a classic-passion, murder, and nearly heartbreaking poignancy-wrapped in a wonderfully executed plot that surpises from start to finish.

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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 September 21, 2011 by Dell. 402 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Horror, Crime. Fiction

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Another round of violence in New Iberia Parish leads sheriff’s investigator Dave Robicheaux (Sunset Limited, 1998, etc.) to reopen the darkest mystery he’s ever faced: the murder of his mother.

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Once in awhile a novel --- a genre novel --- will, by the force of its own impetus, break loose of its classification and like a tornado spawned by the collision of unstable air masses shatter and change, perhaps irrevocably, all that it may encounter.

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Entertainment Weekly

B Originally posted Aug 18, 2000 Published in issue #555-556 Aug 18, 2000 Order article reprints

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Shaking down a pimp for some info, Robicheaux and his ex partner, still corrupt investigator Clete Purcell, find out that the death of Robicheaux's mother years ago may not have been what it seemed.

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