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Swan Peak (Dave Robicheaux #17)

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Trouble follows Dave Robicheaux.

James Lee Burke's new novel finds Detective Robicheaux far from his New Iberia roots, attempting to relax in the untouched wilderness of rural Montana. He, his wife, and his buddy Clete Purcel have retreated to stay at an old friend's ranch, hoping to spend their days fishing and enjoying their distance from the harsh, gritty landscape o

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Published July 8th 2008 by Simon & Schuster Audio
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Dave Robicheaux, his wife Molly, and his best friend Clete Purcell are vacationing in Montana following the devastation of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. This novel lacks the passion and rage that was characteristic of The Tin Roof Blowdown. Burke's writing is lyrical, the characters are rich and compelling, the scenes lush and descriptive. I still found this to be an enjoyable read but not one of the best in the series.

Clete finds himself haunted by the ghosts from his past ... specifically Sally
Nov 24, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The latest Dave Robicheaux mystery. If you enjoy novels about middle-aged, reformed alcoholic, Catholic guilt-plagued, Cajun detectives who live with more ghosts than you can count and who periodically relive their Viet Nam nightmares - and whose PI (i.e. private investigator AND politically incorrect) best friend is even more troubled - and trouble - then this is for you.
Patricia Williams
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another really good James Lee Burke book. He has lots of descriptions and lots of characters but the stories are always very detailed and very good. This character, Dave Robicheaux, is my favorite of the characters he writes about. This author is always good for a great mystery. I kind of figured out the "who done it" but of course, there was a twist.
James Fitzgerald
Dave Robicheau and his buddy Clete Purcel are, once again, taking on evil guys. Swan Peak has an a good story that get lost along the way but which come together in the climax. Burke has a gift for words and his descriptions of everyday life becomes confusing in the story telling. It has so many sub plots and characters that you cannot relate to anyone with the exception of one of the bad guys, a bull who works in a prison, who becomes a good guy through the love of a good woman.

The climax of th
Dec 01, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, b
A few spoilers below!

Blurb........Detective Dave Robicheaux returns in another adventure. Only this time, he travels from New Iberia Parish to the wilds of Montana. Swan Peak is the sequel to Black Cherry Blues, the third title in the Robicheaux series. In it, Clete Purcel has to confront ghosts from his past, namely the fact he poured sand in the fuel tanks of an airplane owned by Sally Dio, resulting supposedly in Dio's death. The story also deals with Jimmy Dale Greenwood, an escaped convict
George Polley
Sep 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Living inside a maelstrom haunted by ghosts. James Lee Burke is one of my favorite writers. His prose is eloquent, quotable, and graphic. He views the world from the perspective of the marginalized and maimed and forgotten, some of whom struggle to escape an ugly karma and live lives that are happy and relatively tranquil. Some of them make it, some of them don't, and some of them are left with questions that are never really answered.

In this book, and in many others he has written, the protagon
"Swan Peak" is a novel that displays James Lee Burke's rich character portrayals, detailed descriptions of the natural surroundings in western Montana and the author's ability to write a suspenseful story.

Dave Robicheaux, wife Molly, and friend Clete Purcel are vacationing in Montana after going through the devastation of hurricanes Rita and Katrina in New Orleans.

When two double murders take place, the local sheriff is overwhelmed and Dave and Clete offer their services.

Ridley Wellstone, a weal
Doris A.
Aug 07, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've been reading Dave Roubicheaux books by James Lee Burke since he began writing them (and other Burke books, too), but this one left me uncharacteristically cold. Set in and around Missoula (including my own Idaho Panhandle town, which he managed to misspell), Swan Peak felt like a book written around an idea. For anyone who misses it in the intervening 395 pages, he spells it out: "... if there is a greater lesson ... it's probably the simple fact that the real gladiators of the world are so ...more
Dec 03, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: crime
I have been a JLB fan since Black Cherry Blues in the 80s. I haven't been keeping up in the last few years, but picked this up. It was like running into an old friend after quite a few years. Burke has aged like fine wine, and this love poem to the west is a perfect example of why people can't get enough of Burke's writing. Style: poetic, smooth, like riding a horse with a sweet rocking-chair gait through country both known and new. Content: a rip-snorting story, complete with more than enough r ...more
Dave & Molly Robicheaux with Clete in tow go on an extended vacation in the Montana wilderness - and, of course, end up assisting with a murder investigation with all the usual violence, mayhem, and life-threatening events. This predicable, plot scenario is one often found in a long-standing mystery series for both books and TV shows - the vacation mystery adventure. Kudos to Burke as he made this one work.
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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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