Crusader's Cross: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Jul 12, 2005 - Fiction - 336 pages
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—images from Vietnam, the violent streets of New Orleans, and his own troubled youth. In Crusader’s Cross, a deathbed confession from an old schoolmate resurrects a story of injustice, the murder of a young woman, and a time in Robicheaux’s life he has tried to forget.

Her name may or may not have been Ida Durbin. It was back in the innocent days of the 1950s when Robicheaux and his brother, Jimmie, met her on a Galveston beach. She was pretty and Jimmie fell for her hard—not knowing she was a prostitute on infamous Post Office Street, with ties to the mob. Then Ida was abducted and never seen again.

Now, decades later, Robicheaux is asking questions about Ida Durbin, and a couple of redneck deputy sheriffs make it clear that asking questions is a dangerous game. With a series of horrifying murders and the sudden appearance of Valentine Chalons and his sister, Honoria, a disturbed and deeply alluring woman, Robicheaux is soon involved not only with the Chalons family but with the murderous energies of the New Orleans underworld. Also, he meets and finds himself drawn into a scandalous relationship with a remarkable Catholic nun.

Brilliant, brooding, and filled with the author’s signature lyricism, Jim Burke’s latest novel is a darkly suspenseful work of literature.
 

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User Review  - shadowelf76 - LibraryThing

Meh. I'm not really sure how to review this. I've followed the Dave Robicheaux novels forever (albeit not always in order). Usually I love them and would give it 5 stars without hesitation. This one ... Read full review

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Since we were on our way to Louisiana as a way to celebrate retirement I decided I should read some of the books by James Lee Burke that I had sitting on my shelf. Crusader’s Cross is #15 in the Dave ... Read full review

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Contents

Chapter 1
1
Chapter 2
8
Chapter 3
22
Chapter 4
36
Chapter 5
47
Chapter 6
60
Chapter 7
67
Chapter 8
80
Chapter 17
170
Chapter 18
179
Chapter 19
187
Chapter 20
199
Chapter 21
209
Chapter 22
220
Chapter 23
234
Chapter 24
244

Chapter 9
91
Chapter 10
103
Chapter 11
118
Chapter 12
126
Chapter 13
137
Chapter 14
148
Chapter 15
156
Chapter 16
163
Chapter 25
254
Chapter 26
262
Chapter 27
270
Chapter 28
287
Chapter 29
299
Chapter 30
310
Epilogue
321
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About the author (2005)

James Lee Burke is a New York Times bestselling author, two-time winner of the Edgar Award, and the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts in Fiction. He’s authored thirty-nine novels and two short story collections. He lives in Missoula, Montana.

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