Swan Peak (Dave Robicheaux, No. 17) by James Lee Burke

By James Lee Burke

James Lee Burke’s loved Louisiana lawman Dave Robicheaux returns—this time, touring from New Iberia Parish to the wilds of Montana during this adventure-filled sequel to Black Cherry Blues. Dave Robicheaux, his spouse, and his blood brother Clete Purcell have retreated to an outdated friend’s ranch, hoping to spend their days fishing and having fun with their distance from the tough, gritty panorama of Louisiana post-Katrina. however the serenity is quickly shattered while students are discovered brutally murdered within the hills at the back of the place the Robicheauxs and Purcell are staying. They quick locate themselves excited by a twisted and unsafe secret regarding a prosperous, vicious oil rich person, his deformed brother and lovely spouse, a sexually deviant minister, an escaped con and previous state song famous person, and a vigilante Texas gunbull out for blood. on the middle of the hurricane is Clete, who can't shake the sensation that he's being haunted by means of the ghosts from his past—namely Sally Dio, the mob boss he’d sabotaged and killed years earlier than. Deftly weaving complex, attractive plotlines and unique, compelling characters along with his sleek prose, Burke transcends style all over again within the most up-to-date exciting addition to his long island instances bestselling sequence.

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I’m from down south myself. Miss’sippi. ” he said. ” “Yeah, the F-word in Louisiana these days is FEMA,” Clete said. “You got a lot less Afro-Americans to worry about, though,” the passenger said. He rolled the racial designation on his tongue. ” Clete said. “You’re on posted land, is what this is,” the driver said. “I didn’t see any sign to that effect,” Clete said. The passenger went to the truck and lifted a microphone off the dash and began speaking into it. ” Clete said. ” the driver said.

His pain didn’t go away, and the booze he drank and the weed he smoked and the pills he dropped didn’t work anymore. But we would soon learn that the state of Montana, with all its haunting beauty, would not provide a panacea for either of us. Both of us had been here in the late 1980s, and neither of us had dealt adequately with the ghosts we had created. Clete had left the valley the previous day for two days of fishing in the Swan River country. M. on the following day I saw his maroon Caddy coming hard up the dirt road.

Maybe he locked the boy in the car trunk. ” When I didn’t reply, he looked up at the hill again. The morning was blue with shadow, the wind channeling through the wildflowers and bunch grass. Farther down the valley, wood smoke was drifting off a stone chimney that was still dusted with frost. “If I owned Albert’s place, I’d hang up my badge and mess with my horses and trout-fish in the evening,” he said. ” THAT AFTERNOON I helped Albert dig knapweed and leafy spurge out of his pasture. Knapweed is a nuisance in the American West.

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