Crusader's Cross

Crusader's Cross

James Lee Burke / Jul 22, 2019

Crusader s Cross Crusader s Cross begins an ominous new phase for Dave Robicheaux The Cajun detective befriends a remarkable nun and a family who claim descent from Roman knights who defeated Attila the Hun Unfortunat

  • Title: Crusader's Cross
  • Author: James Lee Burke
  • ISBN: 9781416517283
  • Page: 373
  • Format: Paperback
  • Crusader s Cross begins an ominous new phase for Dave Robicheaux The Cajun detective befriends a remarkable nun and a family who claim descent from Roman knights who defeated Attila the Hun Unfortunately for Robicheaux, the family regards him as a modern equivalent of the barbarian invader To add to his woes, Dave finds himself the target of TV smear campaign mastermindCrusader s Cross begins an ominous new phase for Dave Robicheaux The Cajun detective befriends a remarkable nun and a family who claim descent from Roman knights who defeated Attila the Hun Unfortunately for Robicheaux, the family regards him as a modern equivalent of the barbarian invader To add to his woes, Dave finds himself the target of TV smear campaign masterminded by a man who may be the Baton Rouge serial killer A crowd pleasing thriller by a two time Edgar Award winner.

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      • James Lee Burke

        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 a BA and MA from the latter He has worked at a wide variety of jobs over the years, including working in the oil industry, as a reporter, and as a social worker He was Writer in Residence at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, succeeding his good friend and posthumous Pulitzer Prize winner John Kennedy Toole, and preceding Ernest Gaines in the position Shortly before his move to Montana, he taught for several years in the Creative Writing program at Wichita State University in the 1980s.Burke and his wife, Pearl, split their time between Lolo, Montana, and New Iberia, Louisiana Their daughter, Alafair Burke, is also a mystery novelist.The book that has influenced his life the most is the 1929 family tragedy The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner.


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    1. 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 [...]


    2. 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?According [...]


    3. 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 [...]


    4. 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 [...]


    5. 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 [...]


    6. Crusader's CrossWith 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 [...]


    7. 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 [...]


    8. 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 and [...]


    9. 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 [...]


    10. 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 she was dead, however a death [...]


    11. Another knock it out of the park for Dave Robicheaux (aka James Lee Burke). (When I think of Burke I don't think of Tommy Lee Jones, I think of James Lee Burke.) Dave never goes looking for trouble, nah, trouble seems to find him and finds him in triplicates plus. This tale is #14 in the series which I'm reading in order and yes, it's a great one, of course. Been about a year since my last in the series, so I was way overdue for me Dave fix!


    12. Crusader’s Cross is another Dave Robichaux novel, the one before Tin Roof Blowdown, I believe. It’s only the second of the series I’ve read, but delightful still. The novel focuses on two cases: the 30-year-old disappearance of Dave’s brother’s hooker girlfriend and a series of murders occurring in and around New Orleans. The book has lots of good twists and turns, with Robichaux’s alcoholism and his Vietnam-haunted past coloring events. Will Patton does a fine job with the narration [...]


    13. I've been reading James Lee Burke and the Dave Robicheaux series for years and I have to have my Dave "fix" every so often. I read the earlier books in the series out of order; about two years ago, I went back and started re-reading them in sequence. Whenever I'd go through a period of reading other works that had been disappointing, I'd pull out the next Dave Robicheaux book and know I would enjoy it as much as the first time I'd read it. I caught up earlier this year and started fresh reading [...]


    14. To be perfectly honest, or I'll just say "to be honest" - because I don't know how perfect I am at anything, let alone honesty - but anyway - to be fair the truth is I was in bed sick as hell when I read James Lee Burke's Crusader's Cross. And unable to sleep, eat, or breath I read almost the entire book in one night. So it's safe to say my disposition wasn't the greatest. I was a little grumpy to be sure, but I wasn't delusional. Burke can write. He can put some fine words onto the page, althou [...]


    15. This is my first time reading this series and I think I should have picked an earlier one in the series. I did enjoy the writing and the descriptions of the area but I felt a bit lost with some of the characters and the plot did seem to meander a lot and then all tidied up a bit too quickly at the end. I will go back and find the start of the series and give it another go because i think I would enjoy it a lot more.


    16. I'm not rating this book, because I got it by mistake. I'm sure I intended to get a medieval historical fiction, but pressed the wrong button. This book is a modern crime noire and, for its genre, seems well-written. I do read the occasional mystery (usually historical) and frequently guess the murderer quickly, but this one surprised me.


    17. Best Dave R. To date. Almost a five,but ending left me wanting more to the reasons of the serial killer. Usual excellent writing one expects from Burke.


    18. In the fourteenth Dave Robicheaux novel, a face from the past that has haunted Dave since he was 20 re-emerges. Dave and his brother Jimmie had long since thought Ida Durbin was dead. But when some odd events start occurring, Ida's death becomes more and more suspect, and all signs lead back to the wealthy Chalons family.Meanwhile, someone is on the loose killing women in Baton Rouge. The Baton Rouge serial killer hits close to home when he kills a young woman Dave interviewed and then dumps one [...]


    19. Dave Robicheaux is an unhappy troubled man plaque with alcoholism, haunted over the time he served in Vietnam, the number of people he has killed as a police officer, his first wife leaving him, the murder of his second wife and the wife who still owns his heart, and he lives in fear that those who want to get even with him is out to kill his current wife.In Crusader’s Cross, Dave is reminded of a time when he and his brother Jimmy were working the summer to earn extra money to help them throu [...]


    20. Reading Burke's Dave Robicheaux novels is like eating a plate of beignets with a healthy dusting of powdered sugar and a side of chicory coffee that is, they taste great going down but don't exactly stay with you very long and, moreover, have dubious nutritional value. This installment is classic Burke/Robicheaux - thick, sometimes beautiful description that evokes a world foreign to all but those who are intimately familiar with SW LA. He is a master at evoking smells, atmosphere, and the heav [...]


    21. In 1958, Jimmy and Dave Robicheaux were college students, one summer they were swimming in the Galveston Bay when sharks appeared nearby. A young woman, Ida Durbin, rescued them and forever left her imprint on their lives.Jimmy, in particular, becomes infatuated with Ida and finds that she has been working as a prostitute to pay off a family debt. Just when Jimmy and Ida were going to run away to Mexico, Ida disappears.Years later, Dave learns from a dieing friend that Ida was snatched by two po [...]


    22. For detective Dave Robicheaux, memories -- including those of a strange and violent summer from his youth -- are best left alone. But a dying man's confession forces Robicheaux to resurrect a decades-old mystery with a missing woman at its heart. Her name may or may not have been Ida Durbin, and Robicheaux's half brother, Jimmie, paid a brutal price for entering her world. Now the truth will plunge Robicheaux into the manipulations of New Orleans' wealthiest family, into a complex love affair of [...]


    23. Listened to audiobook from Recorded Books.Narrated By: Will PattonBook 14 of The Dave Robicheaux seriesWith two Edgar Awards and more than a dozen New York Times best-sellers to his credit, James Lee Burke is among the most celebrated mystery writers in the world. Crusader’s Cross earned starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Dave Robicheaux has his hands full. But in between searching for a prostitute his brother loved nearly 50 years ago and tracking down a serial killer, he ju [...]


    24. Burke writes beautifully, that is without doubt. He is a great observer of human behavior, of his setting on the Bayou Teche, and of the interaction between social and economic classes.But crickey, isn't Dave Robicheaux getting a little long in the tooth for these rough and tumble adventures? He's got to be sixty; he's buried two wives and lost other women he loved, his family home was burned to the ground, he's been injured in a hundred different ways.But hey. This time he reups with the sherif [...]


    25. The aging Robicheaux has led a full life__full of loss, violence, and evil. Critics agree that Crusader's Cross is a worthy addition to the series. It's all here__the violence, the power plays, the class and racial tensions, Robicheaux's stubbornness, the Louisiana landscape, and, of course, the references to crosses. As usual, Burke takes readers deep inside his protagonist's heart to show how one man deals with the world's evils, and it's the lyrical writing and palpable scenes that make that [...]


    26. Though I am relatively new to Burke's work, I expected more out of this novel. Unless there was an issue with the copy of the audio version I checked out from my library, the ending of this book was extremely disappointing. The main character is left with a serious charge over his head, no one has solved the murders that were being investigated, and the character that came into good fortune seemed to be left without knowing it! I can appreciate a cliffhanger, but this was just like someone got b [...]


    27. I love reading James Lee Burke he touches me in ways few writers have since I first read Hemingway when I was 12. The story continues with detective Dave Robicheaux an alcoholic cop from New Iberia,Lad his friend Clete Purcel. Two very troubled men are Dave and Cletus. They handle things the way it is done in Louisiana. The story was good. The ending and the identity of the killer not so good. Didn't find it believable.


    28. Of the Robicheaux series I've read so far, Dave is at his darkest in this one. The story is fast paced and I found the book hard to put down. I liked the interaction between Dave and his brother Jimmie. I was glad to see Dave find another wide who he loves and who loves him. And it was good to see our old friend Clete in action again. This book is a great read.


    29. Started out like gangbusters, meandered a bit in the middle, and then came back strong at the finish. Burke is so great. I don't know if there is a crime writer that I enjoy more.


    30. Although the mystery's conclusion seems to arrive more abruptly than with most Dave Robicheaux novels, I still enjoyed this one as much as the rest.


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