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James Lee Burke
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Sunset Limited (Dave Robicheaux #10)

4.06  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,879 Ratings  ·  125 Reviews
L'inspecteur de police Dave Robicheaux de NewIberia en Louisiane s'inquiète du retour au pays de Megan Flynn et de son frère Cisco. Leur enfance fut assombrie par l'horrible sort réservé à leur père Jack Flynn, un farouche syndicaliste retrouvé crucifié à la porte d'une grange. Ce crime est resté impuni, affichant la marque du silence de ceux qui ont laissé faire ou simple ...more
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Cathy DuPont
Jan 30, 2013 Cathy DuPont rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
four and one-half stars out of five

A Few Thoughts on Morals and Dave Robicheaux

In all likelihood I will never read a James Lee Burke book and give it less than three stars and it’s more likely to give it four or five stars.

With that said, the vast number of characters in Burke’s books seems to get longer and longer with creative names which I simply cannot remember. Remember them for longer than one page anyhow.

Usually the last quarter of the book, people are in a frenzy getting rid of the guy
This is the tenth novel in the Dave Robicheaux series. The title is taken from the Amtrak train that runs between New Orleans and Los Angeles. I have only read two other novels in this series. Cadillac Jukebox and The Neon Rain. My only regret with this novel is that I have not read the series in order. Dave Robicheaux is a complex character and to fully appreciate and understand him I think it would be beneficial to read the novels in order. It is not necessary. James Lee Burke is fast becoming ...more
Jan 12, 2012 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you want to know the plot of this book, better read the blurb provided right under the title because heaven knows I can't tell it any better. With the sheer number of characters Burke puts into his novels, I long ago gave up trying to keep them straight. Instead, I revel in his descriptive and conversation genius. On our way through Louisiana once, I nearly leaped out of the truck when I saw a sign saying 'Bayou Tech', the location of Burke's Robicheaux series. When Burke takes his characters ...more
Mar 09, 2013 Rienk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Among the best police procedurals I have ever read. The style is literary, with great dialogue and incredibly precise and evocative descriptions. The sense of place is palpable and the emotional intensity is immense. Robicheaux is a wonderful character, but everyone who matters to this story is fully developed, with staggering attention to detail. Very few writers define characters with such small details - gestures, accents, things left unsaid.

A book about good and evil, about how history defin
Jan 11, 2012 Glen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The ending of this tale is rather ambiguous for Burke, and lacked the kind of super-dramatic climax that features some kind of brutal heroism by Clete Purcel that one sees in some of his other novels. Don't get me wrong, Clete's here all right, and there is plenty of brutality and gore, including two crucifixions and some other stuff I won't ruin for you fans out there. I thought the character of Cool Breeze Broussard just gets lost along the way in the story line which increasingly focuses on t ...more
Sep 01, 2011 Lynda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
James Lee Burke is my all time favorite author. So, being incredibly biased, it's hard to give an objective review. Every one of his books seem to weave an amazing dance between lyrical prose, complex characters that are so real in my mind I can SMELL them, would recognize them if I saw them on the street - and plots that keep me caring till the very last page. The man has a gift, there is no question about it. It's obvious he has honed his craft well by putting in the WORK of writing, not just ...more
Nov 27, 2015 Lindz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Noir or Hard Boiled Mystery Lovers
Recommended to Lindz by: First Tuesday Book Club
There is nothing better than a really good mystery. The one where you smirk at the good one liners, are glued to the small details, trying to piece the events together. For me a really good mystery is not really about the crime, but about the events, the place and the characters trying to determine right from wrong in a place where the rules and shades of gray keep shifting.

'Sunset Limited' has all this. And this is just my first James Lee Burke novel, and certainly not the last.

Ok there were a
Donna Davis
Whoa. The 10th of the Dave Robicheaux series serves three purposes rolled into one. It’s a hell of story, all by itself, of course, as just about everything James Lee Burke puts his hand to appears to be. It is also a damning indictment of bourgeois journalism,and especially photo-journalism shopping itself as “progressive”, and as usual, all things Hollywood. As a third, bonus feature, it also, at least for this reader, serves as an excellent answer to the various needling questions I had devel ...more
May 17, 2008 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've loved every book I've read by James Lee Burke, especially his Dave Robicheaux novels. The Robicheaux books are set in Southern Louisiana. His paints the atmosphere so well you can almost smell the gumbo cooking in the background. His books also touch on the mystique and aura that is found in Cajun Country.

Burke's protagonists all have serious character flaws, although Robicheaux's flaws don't come out as much in this book as they do in others of the series. But these flaws enhance the reade
Feb 08, 2015 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
One of Burke's strong earlier books where we get a sense of Dave Robicheaux's background and a greater understanding of how the relationship between his parents formed his character.
Alan Reynolds
(This is the tenth in the Dave Robicheaux series.)

Tangled Web UK Review: "America's finest crime writer returns to Louisiana with his great creation Detective Dave Robicheaux. When Dave Robicheaux discovers that Megan Flynn and her brother Cisco are back in town his well-honed instinct for trouble is aroused. Drawn as ever to those whom he feels need protection he remembers how their father had been murdered by the Klan. Then two boys are brutally killed after allegedly raping a black girl; Harp
Dewayne Stark
Before Dave and Helen go to Ricky's place of business the story tells of his early criminal life. When they meet him he is described as approaching sixty. Using the books release date as late 90s this could make Ricky's birth around 1940. Quite an amazing guy Ricky (a teenager) must have been to run a Vegas Casino and Caliente in the fifties before he moved to Los Angeles where the musician who is forgotten now hypnotized during open-air concerts at "West Venice Beach. At this point in the story ...more
May 13, 2010 LadyCalico rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't had much time to read lately and had to do this book in tiny bits and snatches, but I think it needed to be read straight through. It was too complex and had too many bad guys hiring too many hit men to do in too many other bad, good, and indifferent guys. By time I had some idea what was going on, I'd forgotten who killed who, who hired them, and why. I really didn't get into this book until about half way through, and by that time I just decided to quit leafing backwards to find what ...more
Ubik 2.0
Oct 29, 2012 Ubik 2.0 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Il bayou.......dejà-vu

Ho letto questo romanzo di un autore che in passato ho molto apprezzato ho fatto fatica a finirlo, anche se forse "Sunset Limited" non è inferiore ai sette Burke che ho ammirato in precedenza (non proprio tutti per la verità...). Ho riflettuto ed ho ricollegato questo scarso interesse al fatto che poco tempo prima (troppo poco...) avevo letto con soddisfazione "La palude dell'odio" (pessimo titolo, meglio l'originale "Cadillac Juke-box"), ancora di Burke e sempre col
Jan 23, 2008 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the eleventh installment of the Dave Robicheaux series, Dave is haunted by the crucifixion of Jack Flynn - which occurred 40 years prior. His dealings with an ex-con named Willy "Cool Breeze" Broussard bring him back into the thick of the murder, where he also finds a movie producer, a prominent Iberia citizen, an acrobatic ex-con, and a few hired killers.

I love James Lee Burke's character development and his poetic language. You just feel like you are IN the story, an onlooker there in Iberi
Jan 28, 2008 Johnsergeant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, audiblecom
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Narrator: Will Patton
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio, 2001
Length: 4 hours 30 min. (abridged)

Publisher's Summary
The forty-year-old crucifixion of a prominent labor leader named Jack Flynn remains an unsolved atrocity that has never been forgotten in New Iberia, Louisiana. When Flynn's daughter Megan, a photojournalist drawn to controversial subjects, returns to the site of her father's murder, it quickly becomes clear that her family's bloodstained past will not s
Gifted crime novelist. Funny, sometimes harsh world view honed by military service followed by a lifetime of police work, Dave Robicheaux is the man who sees it all and tries to avert the worst of it with the help of his former partner Clete Purcel. The imagery of the bayou, the gift of capturing real conversation and clever plot lines combined with literary grace is the mark of David Lee Burke.
Dec 07, 2008 Peter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the SIG
Recommended to Peter by: Elliot Jardine
Can't understand I haven't come across him before. i got this , highly recommended, from a friend in Scotland, in exchange for a stephen Booth I hadn't read, but was less interested in.
The cryptic, focus-switching style and Louisiana argot take a bit of getting used to, but the characters are well-drawn and complex enough to confound first impressions. Burke weaves a nice web, inhabited by some unsavory, but occasionally human(e) people. In this one, past and present nastinesses involving the Kl
Jul 09, 2014 Celine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Difficult to hold onto the comings and goings of plot and character in this one, but I didn't care. I just let myself drift with it. As with all the Robicheaux books it's all about atmosphere, time and place, and characters who move through a heat shimmer of circumstance and motivation so you can never fully pin them down. A long, glorious poem to the bayou, aching with layered histories of pain, betrayal and hope.
Dinah Küng
This was my first Burke novel, and I'm full of admiration for his capturing the mood of his setting, and giving us a lot of landscape imagery. I guessed the villain by the first third of the book, and for me there were few surprises after that, just twists in the episodes of violence, (creatively rendered, I must admit) intertwined with passages of sexual dalliance and rich descriptions of weather changes. Burke is a lush writer, almost distractingly so, when you hit the third or four reference ...more
Ann Smith
Jun 28, 2016 Ann Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sunset Limited

I read and enjoy all of Burke's books, some more than others. I gave this one four stars because there are too many characters to keep up with, and the story carries on a bit too long. I will recommend to friends who appreciate strong characters and the Southern setting.
Feb 14, 2016 Susie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is the first Dave Robicheaux novel I've listened to. I liked the narration by Mark Hammer, just the right touch of southern accent. Very well done. As to the story - there were many different stories happening, it was somewhat confusing and pretty violent. Not sure if I'll listen to another.
Phil Hill
May 10, 2016 Phil Hill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Sunset Limited had too many characters to the point of losing the reader. You had the Jack Flynn murder from years past, mixed in with the present and I just found it to be confusing of learning what the storyline was. One thing that James Lee Burke does very well is his descriptive writing with words and colors combine that with the bayou and you find yourself sweating, thirsty and swatting mosquitoes off your neck. The classic Dave Robicheaux is vivid with his evil spirits and his good buddy C ...more
John G.
Jan 23, 2014 John G. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read a few of this author's books before, although it's been a long time and not usually a genre I delve into often. I completely enjoyed this book and devoured it about two days, a very quick and enjoyable read. The author always sets his stories in either New Orleans or Missoula, Montana and this was in New Orleans. The language is crackling and dirty and gritty and dark, loved that. He has a moral sensibility about him and this book dug into differences between the rich and poor, owners ...more
May 06, 2016 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#10 in the Dave Robicheaux series. "1998 Gold Dagger Award; Finalist 1999 Dilys Award"

#10 - Detective Dave Robicheaux - a series of murders in New Iberia, LA seem related to the 40 year old crucifixion of labor activist Jack Flynn.

Julie Defilippi
Jan 15, 2015 Julie Defilippi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am pretty sure I could never like Dave or a lot of these folks in real life, but they are always a great story. Thrilling and really makes you think. Then again, maybe people are just people and I already like these people because I don't know what they're thinking.
Oct 11, 2011 Barbra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 10th in the series and Burke never misses. Just one great thriller after another. If you've never read his books you are in for a treat.

Back Cover Blurb:
Jack Flynn died on a Klan cross years ago, but Dave Robicheaux has never forgotten it. Nor have Flynn's two children. When they get mixed up with the case of a small time hustler named Cool Breeze Broussard, Robicheaux can't see why.
As the Flynns find themselves deeper and deeper in trouble, Detective Robicheaux finds himself trying
May 15, 2009 james rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading a James Lee Burke novel is like going to an annual party and seeing all your friends. First of all, of course, there's Dave Robicheaux, his lovely wife Bootsie Mouton, their spunky daughter Alafair, Batiste at the bait shop, the good old boy Sheriff, Dave's steadfast partner, Helen Soileau. And let's not forget Clete Purcell and the cast of dozens of south Louisiana's finest debutantes and their distinguished escorts. I loved it.

I did a little research on the train called the Sunset Limi
Mar 23, 2015 K rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An entertaining read-- my first by this author. The pace and action made it move along, but I found the author's heavy handedness with alliterations a bit tiresome.
Overall. It felt like a really good made for TV movie, but not quite up to the standard of a fine theatrical release.
Not one of Robicheaux's best outings. Characters were somehow underwhelming except for Megan and the plot was tiresome and redundant this time around. But even at his worst James Lee Burke always delivers a fine read.
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James Lee Burke is an American author best known for his mysteries, particularly the Dave Robicheaux series. He has twice received the Edgar Award for Best Novel, for Black Cherry Blues in 1990 and Cimarron Rose in 1998.

Burke was born in Houston, Texas, but grew up on the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast. He attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the University of Missouri, receiving
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“I had seen a dawn like this one only twice in my life: once in Vietnam, when a Bouncing Betty had risen from the earth on a night trail and twisted its tentacles of light around my thighs, and years earlier outside of Franklin, Louisiana, when my father and I discovered the body of a labor organizer who had been crucified with sixteen-penny nails, ankle and wrist, against a barn wall. - Sunset Limited” 3 likes
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