Swan Peak by James Lee Burke
A Dave Robicheaux Novel (Dave Robicheaux Mysteries)

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Trouble follows Dave Robicheaux.

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 bestselling series.
 

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 8, 2008 by Simon & Schuster. 420 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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As bad blood simmers between the Louisiana lawmen, constantly reminded by FBI agent Alicia Rosecrans that their badges are worthless, and the Wellstone brothers, Dave sees his endless quest to conquer his own demons echoed in the figures of prison warder Troyce Nix and his prey, Jamie Sue’s one-t...

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The Guardian

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Having narrowly survived Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana-born, Vietnam-hardened homicide cop Dave Robicheaux and his corpulent partner Clete Purcel make for the mountains of Montana for a spot of huntin', fishin' and recuperatin'.

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Swan Peak by James Lee Burke Buy it from the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop After the devastating events of hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Cajun...

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BC Books

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The last pages of the book bring the current storyline to a close, but with Burke’s books, the end of the storyline is never the end of the story.

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Book Reporter

James Lee Burke dwells in that rarified stratosphere with writers whose fans so anticipate the arrival of a new novel that they snap it up, sight unseen, the moment it hits the market.

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Entertainment Weekly

Trying to recover from the emotional devastation of Hurricane Katrina, James Lee Burke's much-loved Louisiana detective, Dave Robicheaux, seeks solace on a secluded Montana ranch with his onetime partner Clete Purcell in Swan Peak.

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Tampa Bay Times

Clete's angling is interrupted by a couple of tough guys, one of whom used to work for Sally Dio, an inept mobster with whom Clete had a complicated relationship — until Dio died in a suspicious plane crash in Montana.

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Peter Mergendahl St. Petersburg Times 4 of 5 Stars "Burke makes a bold move in Swan Peak: sending Clete and Dave to Montana for the 17th Robicheaux novel.

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