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Crusader's Cross (Dave Robicheaux #14)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  5,884 Ratings  ·  257 Reviews
Critically acclaimed and bestselling crime writer James Lee Burke returns to Louisiana where his ever-popular hero, Dave Robicheaux, sleuths his way through a hotbed of sin and uncertainty.For Dave Robicheaux, life in Louisiana is filled with haunting memories of the past. In "Crusader's Cross," a deathbed confession from an old schoolmate resurrects a story of injustice, ...more
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Published July 12th 2005 by Simon & Schuster Audio (first published 2005)
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Carol.
Pairing Will Patton and James Lee Burke's Cajun protagonist, Dave Robicheaux, was genius. Patton grew up on South Carolina and went to a school for the arts in North Carolina, so he comes by his accents both through upbringing and avocation. The Dave Robicheaux series calls New Iberia, Louisiana, home base, with excursions to other parishes as well as New Orleans. Burke has a touch of Hemingway about him, and his books frequently detour to provide intimate descriptions of the local people and la ...more
K.D. Absolutely
My first book by James Lee Burke and I am delightfully surprised. I did not expect that I would like this book. I used to shun formulaic suspense-thrillers that flood the bookstores next to romance novels. Just the sight of them made me cringe before. But early this year, I said to myself: why not try some of these? and put 4 or 5 of the books by different authors in my shopping cart. Yes, they are both formulaic, but if they entertain and somewhat also educate, then why should I care?

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Jim
I am constantly amazed at James Lee Burke's story telling ability. I have found that there appears to be a formula in all these stories. At least in the Dave Robicheaux series. An event in the past, usually some crime, resurfaces and it impacts current events. And Robicheaux finds himself caught up in these events. It is like the tides. For those who are not familiar with him a few brief words of introduction. Dave Robicheaux is a recovering alcoholic, a Vietnam veteran, he has been married thre ...more
Mark
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another day and another Robicheaux novel. These are always fairly easy to write even if the content is rather Dark. The Robicheaux tales are not easy to digest stories, they are not mysteries or thrillers. They make you follow the main character Dave Robicheaux (brilliant name for a leading character)on his journey through life and see life in New Iberia / Louisiana / New Orleans through his eyes. He is not a knight in shining armor but he tries to be good.
In this novel Dave returns to the polic
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Jim B
Oct 16, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, alcoholism
I'd classify this as a "gritty" detective mystery, not sure if there is such a category. Gritty suggests a "noir" type of mystery. My classification is based on the messy life of the Louisiana (recovering) alcoholic police detective, Dave Robicheaux. Although this is the first I've ever read of the Robicheaux mystery series, it's #14 in the series.

The story line is complicated by the fact that Dave is usually involved in violent conflict with several of the suspects.

For me, an interesting part o
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Wendy
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Crusader's Cross

With every book that I read in the Dave Robicheaux series it just keep getting better and better! This is the best series that I have ever read and I do not say this lightly especially because John Sandford and John Grisham are among some of my very favorite authors. James Lee Burke started at the top of his game and so far is still way ahead of the game. He writes poetically and magically. No one writes about Louisiana and the bayou the way he does. I have lived along the bayou
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Laurel
I am always sad when I finish a James Lee Burke."Dave Robicheaux" novel, because it usually means I will have to wait a while for the next one. This is number 14 in the series, and addresses a benchmark moment in Dave's life. For some reason, I have fallen behind in the series, so I have a very pleasurable experience ahead of me-catching up on the books I have missed.

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
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Trilby
I picked up this book to take on a trip because I liked Burke's "Tin Roof Blowdown" so much. This novel has the same main character, a retired detective living in New Iberia, La.(a real place). The descriptions of the land, the bayous, the bays, and the small towns are so vivid and sensual they could be used as a travel ad for Louisiana.

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
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James
Jul 13, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
James Lee Burke's character Dave Robicheaux is one of the darker creations of the mystery/detective canon, and that's saying something. This time out, all manner of misfortune, both circumstantial and self-created, befalls Robicheaux. As in any book in this genre, you have some willing-suspension-of-disbelief-challenging plot twists, but this book proves to be as much a meditation on the evil humans are capable of as a police procedural. Burke's almost too-poetic language, particularly on the to ...more
aimee
Aug 28, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy this series and the characters that inhabit it. Such powerful evocations of the deep and dirty south of the United States are also pretty exciting to read about, I am looking forward to reading his post-Katrina novel, I'm sure it will make me sob.

In this particular story ...........................

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
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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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