Sunset Limited

Sunset Limited

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America's finest crime writer returns to Louisiana with his Great creation, Detective Dave Robicheaux.When Dave Robicheaux discovers that Megan Flynn and her brother Cisco are back in town, his well honed instinct for trouble is aroused. Drawn as ever to those whom he feels need protection, he remembers how their father, a known communist, had been killed by the Klan and the perpetrator never brought to justice. Although both children had gone on to achieve success in their careers - Megan's photographs of the casualties of war have graced the covers of Time Magazine, and CISCO is a wealthy film director - Robicheaux perceives that their veneer of surface respectability disguises murky depths. Then 2 boys are brutally murdered after allegedly raping a black girl, and an eye witness describes 1 of the murderers as Harpo Scraggs, a Government informant at the time if Jack Flynn's murder. Harpo's re-emergence, together with Megan and Cisco, stirs within Robicheaux a deep and irreversible need to resolve the past. In this complex and deeply compelling novel, James Lee Burke weaves a web of plots and subplots involving characters as rich and as perfectly observed as any in his previous novels. This is a novel about what it truly means to be black or white, to be politically disposable or indispensable. Dense with passion and compassion, Burke's writing simply gets better and more

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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 152 x 232 x 30mm | 480.81g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0752813072
  • 9780752813073

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When it comes to literate, pungently characterised American crime writing, James Lee Burke has few peers. * Daily Express * One of the finest American writers. * Guardian * His lyrical prose, his deep understanding of what makes people behave as they do, and his control of plot and pace are masterly. * Sunday Telegraph * The king of Southern noir. * Daily Mirror * There are not many crime writers about whom one might invoke the name of Zola for comparison, but Burke is very much in that territory. His stamping ground is the Gulf coast, and one of the great strengths of his work has always been the atmospheric background of New Orleans and the bayous. His big, baggy novels are always about much more than the mechanics of the detective plot; his real subject, like the French master, is the human condition, seen in every situation of society. * Independent * The gentle giant of US crime writers, Burke always ensures that his Louisiana detective Dave Robicheaux grapples with hot topics as much as with his own inner demons. * i newspaper * Richly deserves to be described now as one of the finest crime writers America has ever produced. * Daily Mail * A gorgeous prose stylist. * Stephen King * James Lee Burke is the heavyweight champ, a great American novelist whose work, taken individually or as a whole, is unsurpassed. * Michael Connelly *show more

About James Lee Burke

James Lee Burke is the author of many previous novels, several featuring Detective Dave Robicheaux. He won the EDGAR AWARD in 1998 for CIMARRON ROSE, while BLACK CHERRY BLUES won the EDGAR in 1990 and SUNSET LIMITED was awarded the CWA GOLD DAGGER in 1998. He lives with his wife, Pearl, in Missoula, Montana and New Iberia, more

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