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‘James Lee Burke is the heavyweight champ, a great American novelist whose work, taken individually or as a whole, is unsurpassed.’ Michael Connelly

Set against the backdrop of New Orleans, Detective Dave Robicheaux is fighting his demons to overcome his toughest case yet.

Powerful mob boss Tony Nemo has a Civil War sword he’d like to give to Levon Broussard, a popular local author whose books have been adapted into major Hollywood films. The sword’s history can be traced back to Broussard’s ancestors, and Tony figures it belongs to Levon. But Tony’s intentions aren’t so pure; he believes the gift will lead to a slice of Broussard’s lucrative film adaptations.

Then there’s Jimmy Nightengale, the young poster boy of New Orleans wealth and glamour. Jimmy’s fond of Levon’s work, and even fonder of his beautiful, enigmatic wife, Rowena. Tony thinks Jimmy can be a US Senator someday, and has the resources and clout to make it happen. There’s something off about the relationship between these three men, and after a vicious assault, it’s up to Robicheaux to uncover the truth.

Complicating matters is the sudden death of T.J. Dartez, the New Iberian local responsible for Robicheaux’s wife’s death, and all are looking to the detective as the murderer. Can Robicheaux clear his name before it’s too late?
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

On Sale: 26th July 2018

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9781409176473


An epic story of greed, lust and power told with consummate skill.
Daily Mail
James Lee Burke may be 82 this year, but his story-telling powers are not dimmed and he writes with the vigour and lyricism that make him one of America's finest novelists in any genre. This 21st Dave Robicheaux tale grips like a python.
Myles McWeeny, Irish Independent
James Lee Burke is the heavyweight champ, a great American novelist whose work, taken individually or as a whole, is unsurpassed.
Michael Connelly
On the level of style alone, James Lee Burke is the greatest crime writer currently at work ... his descriptions of both the Louisiana landscape and of the darkest aspects of human behaviour are without parallel ...utterly convincing characters, a unique atmosphere, and a whole parade of ghosts haunting the land, and Robicheaux's skull. A deep romantic impulse burns away like mist over the bayou, leaving only the traces of hope. And in this writer's hands, that's enough. We cling on.
James Lee Burke is widely considered to be the most significant writer of American crime fiction. This epic investigation has a teeming, vividly drawn cast, with the mortality of the central character casting a dark shadow over the visceral narrative.
The novel's murders and lies-both committed with unsettling smiles-will captivate, start to finish.
Publishers Weekly
One of the finest American writers.
The intimations of mortality that have hovered over this series for 30 years have never been sharper or sadder.
When it comes to literate, pungently characterised American crime writing, James Lee Burke has few peers.
Daily Express
Outstanding ... rewarding and superbly written. Burke's greatest talent lies in offering up some of the most memorable antagonists in contemporary fiction - crime or otherwise. Robicheaux doesn't disappoint.
Belfast Telegraph
The king of Southern noir.
Daily Mirror
Evening Standard
Richly deserves to be described now as one of the finest crime writers America has ever produced.
Daily Mail