A Novel

Book - 2018
Average Rating:
Rate this:
"Dave Robicheaux is a haunted man. From the acts he committed in Vietnam, to his battles with alcoholism, to the sudden loss of his beloved wife, Molly, his thoughts drift from one irreconcilable memory to the next. Images of ghosts pepper his reality. Robicheaux's only beacon remains serving as a detective in New Iberia, Louisiana. It's in that capacity that Robicheaux crosses paths with powerful mob boss, Tony Nemo. Tony has a Civil War sword he'd like to give to Levon Broussard, a popular local author whose books have been adapted into major Hollywood films. The sword's history can be traced back to Broussard's ancestors, and Tony figures it belongs to Levon. But Tony's intentions aren't so pure; he believes the gift will lead to a slice of Broussard's lucrative film adaptations. Then there's Jimmy Nightengale, the young poster boy of New Orleans wealth and glamour. Jimmy's fond of Levon's work, and even fonder of his beautiful, enigmatic wife, Rowena. Tony thinks Jimmy can be a US Senator someday, and has the resources and clout to make it happen. There's something off about the relationship between these three men, and after a vicious assault, it's up to Robicheaux to uncover the truth. Complicating matters is the sudden death of T.J. Dartez, the New Iberian local responsible for Molly's death. Robicheaux's colleague, Spade Labiche, thinks Robicheaux had something to do with it. Robicheaux's determined to clear his name. He's not alone; his daughter, Alafair, along with his old friend, Clete Purcel are right by Robicheaux's side as he searches for the killer, where a shocking discovery awaits."
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2018
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501176845
Characteristics: 447 pages ; 25 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Apr 12, 2018

This novel is the best of the Robicheaux books, and at 21 novels so far, that is high praise indeed. The protagonist lives in the twilight between good and evil, with an appreciation of all of us who don't see the real evil, only a manifestation of it. Robicheaux fights the good fight, all the while fighting the good and evil in his own soul. So much of the story resides in the fever dreams that haunt and give clarity to Streak's life.

If you read this only for the plot, you are missing the greater part of James Lee Burke's true genius. He excels in descriptions of the Bayou and its people that provide atmosphere to the story. It is so finely crafted that despite its lack of pretention, his works should be considered as true literature, not stuck in a genre. His observations about human nature are spot on. He distills the essence of The Serenity Prayer down to two words, and despite the main character's foibles and melancholia, he always presents a hope for humanity, even if he has a hard time buying it for himself.

lindab1111 Mar 03, 2018

James Lee Burke is a master of crime fiction. The plots are complex, engrossing and not clichéd. Dave and Clete, the 2 main characters are flawed, intense and womderfully human. It is sometimes difficult to tell who is the most vile villain in his books. Serial killings and the search for justice take Dave and Clete into the heart of New Orleans. The book did not have a tidy conclusion and the twisted threads of the story made it impossible to predict the outcome. Love that Burke can write about wonderful heartbreaking characters and some complex but loathsome characters with such skill.

Feb 21, 2018

Not an easy character to like but perhaps the best medium to showcase the American Gulag we call Louisiana. The only place I have ever lived I truly disliked because of the deeply ingrained corruption and hate I felt among some of the native folk. Angola is a blight on the universe and should quite simply be erased from existence. The people of the bayous are from another world and another time.

Jan 31, 2018

ROBICHEAUX is the 21st novel in James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux series. Dave is getting older and haunted by all sorts of things, including his wartime experiences, alcohol abuse, and current cases. His mental anguish weaves through another great Burke novel along with the most dysfunctional collection of characters I can recall seeing together, and the story taking taking place, as usual, in a world far apart from that most of us know. Burke does a great job of weaving together a complex, yet exciting story. The book also has his usual pithy social and philosophical comments sprinkled in, and that reflect both ancient wisdom and current social trends. He even inserts a possibly very flawed person as a political candidate who is caught up in the story line as suspect or savior (in the political sense). We are told in the book's epilogue that this person becomes a US Senator - which leaves open the hint of a 22nd Robicheaux novel perhaps in the works. Burke is one of the great novelists of our time. Great read.

Jan 16, 2018

what does the pop-up forbidden mean?

Jan 09, 2018

No- he is still living- and in fact has some book recommendations in the latest "Week" magazine

didn't Burke die a few years ago? if so, the title card should reflect that important fact. if not, my bad.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings


Find it at RCPL

To Top