|Author:||Burke, James Lee|
|Read by:||Patton, Will|
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster|
|Publish Date:||Jul 2008|
|Number of Pages:||0|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.7|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.06 x 1.18 x 5.88|
James Lee Burke was born in Houston, Texas on December 5, 1936. He received a B. A. in English and an M. A. from the University of Missouri in 1958 and 1960 respectively. Before becoming a full-time author, he worked as a land surveyor, newspaper reporter, college English professor, social worker, and instructor in the U. S. Job Corps. His novel The Lost Get-Back Boogie was rejected 111 times over a period of nine years, and upon publication was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
He writes the Dave Robicheaux series and the Billy Bob Holland series. He has won numerous awards including the CWA/Macallan Gold Dagger for fiction for Sunset Limited and the Edgar Award in 1989 for Black Cherry Blues and in 1997 for Cimarron Rose. His short stories have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, New Stories from the South, Best American Short Stories, Antioch Review, Southern Review, and The Kenyon Review. Two of his novels, Heaven's Prisoners and Two for Texas, have been made into motion pictures starring Alec Baldwin and Tommy Lee Jones respectively.
Verdict: As this is the 17th entry in the Dave Robicheaux series (after The Tin-Roof Blowdown), Burke can be forgiven for some staleness. However, the change of scenery to Montana provides an extra spark and results in a title that ranks with as the best of Burke's work. Highly recommended for all public libraries.
[See Prepub Alert, LJ 3/15/08.] - Background: Robicheaux and his longtime partner and friend Clete Purcel are visiting a friend in Montana when trouble finds them. A wealthy criminal whom Dave and Clete suspect to be an assumed-dead New Orleans mobster is living with his wife, a former country music star. Enter escaped convict Jimmy Dale, who is looking for his former lover--who happens to be the mobster's wife. At the same time, a sadistic prison guard arrives trying to chase down Jimmy. Dave and Clete, of course, become immersed in bringing down a criminal while saving the hunted convict.--Craig Shufelt, Fort McMurray P.L., Alta.
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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.
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