Crusader's Cross (Dave Robicheaux Series, Book 14) by James Lee Burke

By James Lee Burke

Significantly acclaimed and bestselling crime author James Lee Burke returns to Louisiana the place his ever-popular hero, Dave Robicheaux, sleuths his means via a hotbed of sin and uncertainty.
For Dave Robicheaux, lifestyles in Louisiana is stuffed with haunting stories of the previous -- photographs from Vietnam, the violent streets of latest Orleans, and his personal bothered adolescence. In Crusader's go, a deathbed confession from an outdated schoolmate resurrects a narrative of injustice, the homicide of a tender girl, and a time in Robicheaux's lifestyles he has attempted to forget.
Her identify may possibly or won't were Ida Durbin. It used to be again within the blameless days of the Fifties whilst Robicheaux and his brother, Jimmie, met her on a Galveston seashore. She used to be beautiful and Jimmie fell for her not easy -- no longer realizing she used to be a prostitute on notorious submit workplace highway, with ties to the mob. Then Ida was once kidnapped and not noticeable again.
Now, many years later, Robicheaux is calling questions about Ida Durbin, and a pair of redneck deputy sheriffs make it transparent that asking questions is a deadly online game. With a sequence of scary murders and the surprising visual appeal of Valentine Chalons and his sister, Honoria, a disturbed and deeply appealing girl, Robicheaux is quickly concerned not just with the Chalons kin yet with the murderous energies of the recent Orleans underworld. additionally, he meets and reveals himself drawn right into a scandalous courting with a notable Catholic nun.
Brilliant, brooding, and jam-packed with the author's signature lyricism, Jim Burke's most up-to-date novel is a darkly suspenseful paintings of literature.

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Green sensed a true change in the man. A final laying down of the sword he had brandished for so long. Once the battle barricades were gone, Green felt the pull of a question he had never dared broach before. “James? ” Rosten’s face grew rigid and his eyes flew open. Angry and accusatory, the James Rosten of old. “I sent you all those fucking letters! ” How should I answer that? Green thought. He had read them, at least at first, but had tried to dismiss them as self-serving rants. After all, he’d rarely met a con who didn’t protest his innocence and blame even the most unlikely of suspects.

That would be lovely. ” 56 Chapter Four Facing yet a third drive out to Navan in as many months, Green used the Internet to discover a backcountry route that circumvented the infuriating traffic of the Queensway, which alternated between parking lot and NASCAR racetrack. The route did not end up being any faster, but he arrived with his pulse and blood pressure below incipient coronary levels. The farm country was just awakening to spring. Fields still wallowed in mud, and leaf buds gave the merest dusting of green to the skeletal grey trees.

She and fellow detective Bob Gibbs had spent most of their days off since their honeymoon searching for the perfect 45 house. Having grown up on a farm, Sue longed for wide-open fields, bridle paths, and a swimming hole for those hot summer nights. But Bob had never known a yard bigger than a postage stamp. He couldn’t imagine living deep in the country, and, besides, as Major Crimes detectives, they couldn’t afford an hour-long commute to headquarters in case of emergencies or overtime. The Village of Navan seemed like the perfect compromise.

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