Tuesday, July 27, 2010

CRUSADER'S CROSS by James Lee Burke (2005)

Dave Robicheaux is struggling with sobriety when he hears a deathbed confession from a former schoolmate who claims to have witnessed the murder of a young woman Dave and his brother Jimmie met on Galveston Beach in their youth, a pretty young woman named Ida Durbin upon whom Jimmie had an incurable crush. Unfortunately, Ida was a hooker who had ties to the mob and soon after they met she was abducted and disappeared.

Helen Soileau, Dave's former P.D. boss, gives him back his badge and supports him in his quest to out a couple of dirty red-necked cops who make it quite clear that any sniffing around he's doing about Ida Durbin is not welcome. Add the brutal serial murders of local women, the unstable but politically influential Chalons clan, and the appearance of Sister Molly, a renegade Catholic nun, and Dave's got more than his own work cut out for him. Luckily, he has his longtime pal Clete Purcel, a P.I. who knows how to push everyone's buttons, in his back pocket.

The plot gallops apace right through to its satisfying end, but not before Dave is forced to come face to face with his own demons over and over again. Read James Lee Burke--with 25+ books under his belt, he sure know what he's doing.

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