Crusader's Cross (Dave Robicheaux #14)
This book has all of the beautifully rendered language we look forward to in J.L.B.'s prose. I found that I frequently stopped to ...more
I like the protagonist, Dave Robicheaux, but I am growing increasingly irritated by characters who act out their creator's male midlife fantasies of virility an ...more
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Our hero/anti-hero protagonist again chooses to delve into a dark aspect of his past, this time his brother's prostitute girlfriend who went missing many many years ago. It was presumed that sh ...more
(When I think of Burke I don't think of Tommy Lee Jones, I think of James Lee Burke.)
Dave never goes looking for trouble, nah, trouble seems to find him and finds him in triplicates plus.
This tale is #14 in the series which I'm reading in order and yes, it's a great one, of course. Been about a year since my last in the series, so I was way overdue for me Dave fix!
I read the earlier books in the series out of order; about two years ago, I went back and started re-reading them in sequence. Whenever I'd go through a period of reading other works that had been disappointing, I'd pull out the next Dave Robicheaux book and know I would enjoy it as much as the first time I'd read it. I caught up earlier this year and started fresh reading ...more
In Crusader’s Cross, Dave is reminded of a time when he and his brother Jimmy were working the summer to earn extra money to help them through ...more
Jimmy, in particular, becomes infatuated with Ida and finds that she has been working as a prostitute to pay off a family debt. Just when Jimmy and Ida were going to run away to Mexico, Ida disappears.
Years later, Dave learns from a dieing friend that Ida was snatched by two po ...more
Meanwhile, someone is on the loose killing women in Baton Rouge. The Baton Rouge serial killer hits close to home when he kills a young woman Dave interviewed and then dumps one ...more
But crickey, isn't Dave Robicheaux getting a little long in the tooth for these rough and tumble adventures? He's got to be sixty; he's buried two wives and lost other women he loved, his family home was burned to the ground, he's been injured in a hundred different ways.
But hey. This time he reups with the sherif ...more
Narrated By: Will Patton
Book 14 of The Dave Robicheaux series
With two Edgar Awards and more than a dozen New York Times best-sellers to his credit, James Lee Burke is among the most celebrated mystery writers in the world. Crusader’s Cross earned starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Dave Robicheaux has his hands full. But in between searching for a prostitute his brother loved nearly 50 years ago and tracking down a serial killer, he just ...more
The aging Robicheaux has led a full life__full of loss, violence, and evil. Critics agree that Crusader's Cross is a worthy addition to the series. It's all here__the violence, the power plays, the class and racial tensions, Robicheaux's stubbornness, the Louisiana landscape, and, of course, the references to crosses. As usual, Burke takes readers deep inside his protagonist's heart to show how one man deals with the world's evils, and it's the lyrical writing and palpable scenes that make that...more
The Robicheaux novel includes all the great characters, and a few new criminals just for this one--and, as always, Burke's extraordinary, evocative writing. So many details about plants, smells, sounds, the way the lig ...more
and his friend Clete Purcel. Two very troubled men are Dave and Cletus. They handle things the way it is done in Louisiana.... The story was good. The ending and the identity of the killer not so good. Didn't find it believable....
What I found out was that Burke writes beautiful descriptions and creates vivid characters -- but his plot is a mess, so convoluted that it ditches believability in favor of continued conflict and twists t ...more
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 ...more