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Sunset Limited

Sunset Limited

Written by James Lee Burke

Narrated by Will Patton


Sunset Limited

Written by James Lee Burke

Narrated by Will Patton

ratings:
3/5 (5 ratings)
Length:
5 hours
Released:
Aug 1, 1998
ISBN:
9780743548816
Format:
Audiobook

Description

Detective Dave Robicheaux returns to center stage in an incendiary new novel by James Lee Burke. A gripping tale of racial violence, class warfare, and the sometimes cruel legacy of Southern history, Sunset Limited is a stunning achievement, confirming Burke's place as one of America's premier stylists as well as master storytellers.

The forty-year-old crucifixion of a prominent labor leader named Jack Flynn remains an unsolved atrocity that has never been forgotten in New Iberia, Louisiana. When Flynn's daughter, Megan, a photojournalist drawn to controversial subjects, returns to the site of her father's murder, it quickly becomes clear that her family's bloodstained past will not stay buried. Megan gives her old friend Dave Robicheaux a tip about a small-time criminal named Cool Breeze Broussard, scarcely suspecting that the seemingly innocuous case will lead Robicheaux and his partner into the midst of a deadly conspiracy.

Combining brilliant prose, crackling suspense, and an exquisite sense of character and place, Sunset Limited is a wrenching tale of historic violence and soiled redemption that reveals one of America's finest novelists at his masterful best.
Released:
Aug 1, 1998
ISBN:
9780743548816
Format:
Audiobook


About the author

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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  • (4/5)
    The townspeople of New Iberia, LA, didn't crucify Megan Flynn's father. They just didn't catch whoever pinned him to a barn wall with sixteen-penny nails. Decades later, Megan, now a world-famous photojournalist, has come back to the bayou, looking for cop Dave Robicheaux. It was Dave who found the body of labor leader Jack Flynn. The sight changed the boy, shaped him as a man. And after forty years, Robicheaux is still haunted by the bizarre unsolved slaying. Now Megan's return has stirred up the ghosts of the long-buried past, igniting a storm of violence that will rip apart lives of blacks and whites in this bayou county.
  • (3/5)
    When I first read a Dave Robicheaux novel, I thought Burke was a fantastic writer. Now, after a hiatus of maybe 10 yrs, I am disappointed in this book. Robicheaux is a man with a lot of submerged anger that is definitely coming out in this book. He goes around beating up petty criminals, accusing people he doesn't like of crimes, and it all seems pretty random. There is no clear line of discovery for the reader, we don't get inside his mind to see why he keeps changing who he suspects of a 40 yr old murder. He keeps trying to tie it in to current events, but it doesn't come across well. I actually haven't finished the last 40 pages, as I write this review, but don't expect my opinion to change.
  • (4/5)
    This is number ten in the Dave Robicheaux series. LT says that it is number ten, Amazon says it is number eleven, I'll go with LT. The book has a lot of elements that appear in other Robicheaux novels. There is the twenty year old murder of Jack Flynn, a labor activist who was nailed up to the side of a barn in the pattern of a crucifixion. One of the main characters is Archer Terrebonne, the rich man that Dave loves to hate. In the end, which I will not discuss, he has good reason.Another prime character is "Cool Breeze" Broussard and his father Mout' (short for Mouth). "Cool Breeze" is a black man who is jammed up in all directions. His father Mout' is a shoe shine man and the interaction with the two of them gives Dave the opportunity to comment on race relations in Louisiana. Harpo Scruggs and Swede Boxleiter are cold blooded killers who bring evil and violence into the story. Helen Soileau is Dave's partner. She is one of my favorite regular characters in the series.Clete Purcel, Bootsie, Alafair and Batist fill out the list of regulars.For whatever reason Burke did not seem to do his usual excellent background descriptions in writing this book. I enjoyed the story but it did not grab me the way most of the Robicheaux books do.
  • (2/5)
    Another Dave Robicheaux novel - another sack full of psychopaths in the neighborhood. How many psychopaths are there in lower Louisana anyway?
  • (3/5)
    A little hard to follow, but I read the Robicheaux series less for the story and more for the voice of the narrator and his interaction with the regular characters, Batist, Alafair, Cletus, Bootsie, Helen, the Sheriff.