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As the murder of a local cop draws him into the painful conflicts of a bayou family, sadistic villains and interior demons plague Cajun police detective Dave Robicheaux in this satisfying novel of suspense.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Another dark rhapsody on Burke's favorite themes--power and vengeance, organized crime, maverick Louisiana lawmen, and nightmares from Vietnam--all pulled together more tightly than ever by the Sonnier family, threatened by somebody (oilman brother Weldon's mob contacts? televangelist brother Lyle's stray sheep? sister Drew's old political enemies? brother-in-law Bobby Earl's followers in the Aryan Nation? hateful paterfamilias Verise, long presumed dead in a tanker explosion?) who first shoots out Weldon's window and then executes a cop in the family basement. There'll be more violence--much more--and enough guilt for everybody, as New Iberia detective Dave Robicheaux, instead of maundering over the issues, as in Black Cherry Blues (1989) and A Morning for Flamingos (1990), turns in his finest performance to date. By no means a well-made detective story--the Sonniers' coincidental bad luck rivals Job's--but a wholly original tale of crime and revenge, inside and outside the law. This series keeps getting stronger and stronger. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
Had already read it years ago, but didn't remember title. Was disappointed that I didn't have a new Robicheaux book to delight in. Waiting for the next!Published 16 months ago by Peggy Robertson
Love this author.
Although this is a good story it is not one of his best.
If, like me, you are trying to play catch-up on the Robicheaux novels it is an essential part... Read more
Burke's descriptions are so vivid and well written. And some excerpts really are like poetry. His characters are real. You care about them. Read morePublished on Sept. 24 2002
This was my first Burke. Great character depictions, but little story. When I finished, I was certain the publisher had left off the last chapter(s). Read morePublished on Aug. 15 2000 by Barry A. Fullerton