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. 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.
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"Surprise lurking in the crevices of a recurring pattern: that's nature at its most beautiful, and Burke at his most eloquent." -
Starred Review. "Burke masterfully combines landscape and memory in a violent, complex story peopled by sharply defined characters who inhabit a lush, sensual, almost mythological world." - PW
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James Lee Burke was born in Houston, Texas, in 1936 and grew up on the
Texas-Louisiana gulf coast. He attended Southwestern Louisiana Institute and
later received a B. A. Degree in English and an M. A. from the University of
Missouri in 1958 and 1960 respectively. Over the years he worked as a landman
for Sinclair Oil Company, pipeliner, land surveyor, newspaper reporter, college
English professor, social worker on Skid Row in Los Angeles, clerk for the
Louisiana Employment Service, and instructor in the U. S. Job Corps.
He and his wife Pearl met in graduate school and have been married 43 years, they have four children: Jim Jr., an assistant U.S. Attorney; Andree, a school psychologist; Pamala, a T.V. ad producer; and Alafair, a law professor and novelist whose first novel ...
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