Another wonderful book by James Lee Burke. The cast of characters and their actions are quite grim. Even so, Burke's writing is so lovely that I would often stop to reread a segment. In this book, there is less angst about Vietnam, though Robicheaux remains embedded in his painful history. He reminds me of Reacher with his pursuit of true north. But Reacher is touched by wanderlust while Robicheaux is anchored to Louisiana.
As good as any of the other novels in the Robicheaux series. That being said, I find the violence of the two main characters increasingly disturbing, not to mention the very thin veneer of southern civility that masks ongoing racial and socio-economic problems in Louisiana. If the novels are accurate in this regard, then I am glad I am living here in Canada.
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