Robicheaux - James Lee Burke


By James Lee Burke

  • Publication Date: 2018-01-02
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 166 Ratings)

Book Overview

New York Times Bestseller

James Lee Burke’s most beloved character, Dave Robicheaux, returns in this gritty, atmospheric mystery set in the towns and backwoods of Louisiana.


Between his recurrent nightmares about Vietnam, his battle with alcoholism, and the sudden loss of his beloved wife, Molly, his thoughts drift from one irreconcilable memory to the next. Images of ghosts at Spanish Lake live on the edge of his vision.

During a murder investigation, Dave Robicheaux discovers he may have committed the homicide he’s investigating, one which involved the death of the man who took the life of Dave’s beloved wife. As he works to clear his name and make sense of the murder, Robicheaux encounters a cast of characters and a resurgence of dark social forces that threaten to destroy all of those whom he loves. What emerges is not only a propulsive and thrilling novel, but a harrowing study of America: this nation’s abiding conflict between a sense of past grandeur and a legacy of shame, its easy seduction by demagogues and wealth, and its predilection for violence and revenge. James Lee Burke has returned with one of America’s favorite characters, in his most searing, most prescient novel to date.

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Users Reviews

  • Robicheaux

    By Gloriacci
    Nobody writes about the sights, sounds, and smells of Louisiana the way Mr. Burke can. And it's hard to believe that his man Robicheaux doesn't share at least a little of his DNA as he exposes the tortuous tangling of emotions that comes from dealing with the worst of humanity for an extended period of time. Yet we are heartened by the glimmer of good that most of us carry, and of which Burke gives us enough to think that all is not lost. Time spent reading Robicheaux is not wasted. Highly recommended!
  • As Good As it Gets

    Excellent, one of best. James Lee Burke is a master of the written word. I only regret that I have to now wait for his next book. Keep going, James!
  • Robicheaux

    By DrLDawg
    I love Burkes writing but this book was a real letdown. Dark, dark, dark. He is a master of describing a sunset, yet his great prose and poetry was lacking. Hope you are OK James Lee
  • Outstanding...

    By Longhorn5555
    I’m astounded at how well Mr. Burke writes. He is, in my opinion, one of the finest, most poetic writers on the planet. This book is everything we have come to expect from the Robicheaux series. A poetic glimpse into a tortured soul. Nicely paced. Well plotted. All in all, a satisfying read worth twice the price.
  • What a ride

    By Bossgolfer1
    May be my favorite James Lee Burke book of all. I hope Mr. Burke has more Robicheaux and Purcel tales to tell.
  • Oh my, James Lee Burke

    By Stupid Loser
    The Master has given us another amazing collection of wordsmithing at its best. I did not want it to end.