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Swan Peak by James Lee Burke
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Jan 04, 2009

bookshelves: 2008-mysteries-suspense, 2008-audio-books
Read in September, 2008

Swan Peak, by James Lee Burke. A-minus. Narrated by Will Patton, produced by Simon and Schuster Audio, downloaded from audible.com.

This is Burke’s first look at Dave Robicheau and friends since Katrina. Dave Robicheau, his wife, and his buddy, Clete Purcell, have retreated to stay at an old friend's ranch in rural pristine Montana, hoping to spend their days fishing and enjoying their
distance from the harsh, gritty landscape of Louisiana post-Katrina. But the serenity is soon shattered when two college students are found brutally murdered
in the hills behind where the Robicheauxs and Purcell are staying. They quickly find themselves involved in a twisted and dangerous mystery involving a
wealthy, vicious oil tycoon, his deformed brother and beautiful wife, a sexually deviant minister, an escaped con and former country-music star, and a
vigilante Texas gunbull out for blood.At the center of the storm is Clete, who cannot shake the feeling that he is being haunted by the ghosts from his
past - namely Sally Dio, the mob boss he'd sabotaged and killed years before. This is a gripping thriller with Robicheau and Purcell as usual going over the top in investigating crimes and meting out justice to the cruel and evil criminals that they encounter. No one, in my opinion, narrates Robicheau books better than Will Patton, especially the difference between Robicheau’s voice and Purcell’s voice, Robicheau’s basically laid-back attitude, except when angered, and Purcell’s constant hyperactivity. I hope these books just continue coming.


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