Sunset Limited (Dave Robicheaux, #10)
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Sunset Limited (Dave Robicheaux #10)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  2,755 ratings  ·  100 reviews
In a land soaked with sin, Dave Robicheaux is dueling with killers, ghosts, and a woman's revenge....

The townspeople of New Iberia, Louisiana, didn't crucify Megan Flynn's father. They just didn't catch whoever pinned him to a barn wall with sixteen-penny nails.

Decades later, Megan, now a world-famous photojournalist, has come back to the bayou, looking for cop Dave Robich...more
Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Published July 6th 1999 by Island Books (first published 1996)
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Cathy DuPont
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...more
Cindy
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
Lindz
Dec 31, 2009 Lindz rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Glen
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
Rienk
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...more
Lynda
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
Iain
Dave Robicheux is never going to have the quiet life he desires. This time the two Flynn children are asking him to investigate the case of Cool Breeze Broussard a two-bit nobody who shouldn’t be anywhere near the Flynn’s radar.
But something links the three together and whatever it is it isn’t good. Throw in local big shot plantation owner Archer Terrebonne and his wife who uses drink to suppress her guilt at a long buried secret and you get a seriously bad mess that Dave has to clear up.

So the...more
Lola4
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
Il bayou.......dejà-vu

Ho letto questo romanzo di un autore che in passato ho molto apprezzato ...ma 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...more
Donna
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
Jen
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...more
Johnsergeant
Downloaded from Audible.com

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...more
Eliana
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.
Richard
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...more
Peter
Dec 07, 2008 Peter rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Celine
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
John G.
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
Barbra
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...more
james
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...more
Marlène
Robicheaux s'acharne ici sur une affaire non-résolue remontant à plus de quarante ans.
À l'inverse des tomes précédents où Dave semble rester positif face au climat social, politique et économique moins que favorable de la Louisiane, il semble céder sous le poids de l'immuabilité de certaines choses, ici, l'impunité et la corruption de riches blancs du Vieux Sud américain.
Mélancolie et descriptions oniriques de la Louisiane et de sa culture. Retour plus consistant de Clete Purcel, ex-partenaire d...more
Belinda
Took me a while to get into it, but overall was a pretty good read.
Beth
Dave Robicheaux is haunted by an old crime. Megan and Cisco Flynn's father, a union organizer, was beaten and nailed to a barn. Decades later, the Flynn siblings are back in town: Cisco is making a movie, Megan is a world class photographer. Assisted by the unusual (usual) cast of characters (Clete Purcell his ex-partner, Helen his current partner, weird hit men, the New Orleans Mob, and downtrodden Cajuns) Dave finally unravels who perpetrated the crime and why. I listened to this book on tape...more
Kenneth P.
A bit too heavy handed. Too much of a Passion Play.
Rick Brick
A good addition to the Robicheaux series.
Tom Bim
Burke is the king of the epilogues.
Neil Morgan
Another great Robicheaux book and great to see the return of Clete. Twists and turns and intricate plotting. Intriguing characters and mystery. That must be a difficult place to live there are so many crazy and dangerous people.
Sherry Chandler
I have dear friends and beloved relatives who love James Lee Burke's Robicheaux books but, though I am determined to perservere at least through Tin Roof Blowdown, I just can't catch the fever.

I am interested, though, in Robicheaux cypress house. Apparently there are those who advocate that the cypress shotgun houses in New Orleans's Lower Ninth Ward should be/should have been preserved because they are capable of withstanding floods and they contribute to the unique society of the Nine.
Heather
Mar 03, 2009 Heather rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like flawed Cajuns
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Dianne
I have read a number of James Lee Burke novels and enjoy his character, setting and human relationships descriptions. His writing is terrific. This book, however, was quite difficult to read and because of the many characters it became very confusing. The story itself was pretty good but, again, not his best. A little too complicated and hard to track. I like this writer, however, and would encourage a new reader to start with another of his books before reading this one.
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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 a...more
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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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