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by James Lee Burke

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James Lee Burke
Orion, 1998, First Edition.; 1st edition (1998)
384 pages
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Sunset Limited, by James Lee Burke carries on the legacy of extremely satisfying mysteries.

Sunset Limited, by James Lee Burke carries on the legacy of extremely satisfying mysteries. It paints a matter-of-fact backdrop of Southern Louisiana and its cultural mores, exotic foods and belief system that have maintained its romantic draw for tourists and residents since before anyone can remember. Burke is a highly skilled and award winning author who takes the reader into the minds of criminals, ex-cons, addicts, assassins, and cops that have managed to evade the law while enforcing it.

James Lee Burke (born December 5, 1936) is an American author, best known for his Dave Robicheaux series

James Lee Burke (born December 5, 1936) is an American author, best known for his Dave Robicheaux series. He has won Edgar Awards for Black Cherry Blues (1990) and Cimarron Rose (1998), and has also been presented with the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. The Robicheaux character has been portrayed twice on screen, first by Alec Baldwin (Heaven's Prisoners) and then Tommy Lee Jones (In the Electric Mist).

Reprinted by arrangement with Doubleday. Printed in the United States of America. Published simultaneously in Canada.

James Lee Burke Sunset Limited. The tenth book in the Robicheaux series. For Bill and Susan Nelson. I would like to thank the following attorneys for all the legal information they have provided me in the writing of my books over the years: my son James L. Burke, J. and my daughter Alafair Burke and my cousins Dracos Burke and Porteus Burke.

With that said, the vast number of characters in Burke’s books seems to get longer and longer with creative names which I simply cannot remember. Remember them for longer than one page anyhow.

James Lee Burke, a winner of two Edgar Awards, is the New York Times–bestselling author of more than thirty novels and two collections of short stories, including Purple Cane Road, Heartwood, and The Sunset Limited. He lives with his wife in Missoula. ore about James Lee Burke. Category: Suspense & Thriller Crime Mysteries.

I walked down to the dock to help Batist, the black man who worked for me, fold up the Cinzano umbrellas on our spool tables and close up the bait shop.

I walked down to the dock to help Batist, the black man who worked for me, fold up the Cinzano umbrellas on our spool tables and close up the bait shop ulled back the awning that covered the dock, then went inside just as the phone rang on the counter. Mout’ called me. His son wants to come in, the voice said. Stay out of police business, Megan. Do I frighten you? Is that the problem here? No, I suspect the problem is use. Try this: he’s fifteen miles out in the Atchafalaya Basin and snakebit.

Narrated by Mark Hammer. Detective Dave Robicheaux returns to center stage in an incendiary new novel by James Lee Burke

Narrated by Mark Hammer. Detective Dave Robicheaux returns to center stage in an incendiary new novel by James Lee Burke. A gripping tale of racial violence

Dave Robicheaux was once a Louisiana homicide cop. Now he's trying to start a new life, opening up a fishing business and caring for his adopted girl, Alafair. Cajun police detective Dave Robicheaux knows the Sonnier family of New Iberia-their connections to the CIA, the mob, and to a former Klansman now running for state office. And he knows their past, as dark and murky as a night on the Louisiana bayou.

  • Araath
I am a big Burke fan and think he's one of the most talented writers out there. His prose is gorgeous, smooth as silk and such a wonderful improvement over the typical "See Jane Run" type of narratives that dominate today's fiction. Sunset Limited is no exception, with an excellent use of metaphor, stunning setting descriptions and just a really nice rhythm to the writing.

That being said, I've come to realize over the years (much to my chagrin) that Burke is far from perfect. What handicaps him the most is his shockingly redundant plots and character elements. Let's put it this way. In all of his Robicheaux books - and I do mean virtually EVERY one of them - it's always the same story: bad rich people, a movie production crew out on the bayou, a creepy hit man, a girl from Dave's past, some brutal discovery about the historical Deep South (usually involving crimes against minorities), a jerk FBI agent, etc, etc. Even the character attributes and actions are mind-numbingly familiar: a physical confrontation between Helen Soileau and a suspect, Clete Purcel falling for a good for nothing girl and getting his heart broken, Dave being "courted" by an old flame, Clete running from the cops after breaking the law (usually by nearly beating someone to death), Dave "seeing red" as he's overcome by rage, etc. etc.

His descriptions and metaphors - though visual - also fall into the "we've all been here before" category. Here's some apparent faves of Burke's (which show up in a massive number of his books): heat lightning, the smell of testosterone, pink sky, the smell of ozone, bream feeding, etc. etc.

It's really a shame that his editor doesn't take a closer look at these manuscripts and tweak them to get away from all this redundancy. If the plots and terminology could just be freshened up a bit Burke's novels would all be absolute dynamite (like his earlier works were: i.e. A Morning for Flamingos). That seems to be a fault of many of today's top-name books, all of which could really benefit from a little more use of a red correction pen. Guess once you're as established as these guys and gals, no one cares what you're submitting as long as it's got your name on it. Perhaps we as readers should begin to demand for more.
  • Jaiarton
Here’s what to expect from a novel in the Dave Robicheaux series by James Lee Burke: Dave will get himself into trouble by ignoring orders from the Sheriff, his boss, and by disregarding threats from supremely dangerous people. Dave’s former partner in the New Orleans Police Department, Clete Purcell, will make even more trouble for himself. Dave’s partner in his bait shop, Batist, his adopted teenage daughter, Alafair, and his wife, Bootsie, will all make cameo appearances. The New Orleans mob or the Dixie Mafia, and possibly both, will prove to be involved in some nefarious and deadly goings-on in New Iberia Parish, where Dave lives and works. At least one hitman will make multiple attempts to kill Dave or someone close to him. A diverse array of characters will wander in and out of the tale, including ex-convicts, both Black and white, New Orleans mobsters with colorful names, a wealthy and powerful white family, a lesbian deputy sheriff, and perhaps an FBI or DEA agent. And a tragic event many years in the past will be revealed to lie at the heart of a tangle of mysteries now bedeviling Dave.

Now, you might think a formulaic approach like this would quickly grow stale. But the Dave Robicheaux series is anything but stale and predictable. In fact, there’s little that’s predictable in these eminently readable thrillers. The mystery at the core of the plot is so complex that no reader is likely to untangle it before the story’s end. The books’ setting in rural southern Louisiana is lush and steamy, painted in Burke’s evocative, poetic language, and he portrays every character in three dimensions. The dialogue is lively and inventive. In short, James Lee Burke is one of the most accomplished English stylists I’ve encountered anywhere.

In Sunset Limited, the tenth novel in the Dave Robicheaux series, the long-ago event that centers the story is the crucifixion of Jack Flynn, a radical labor organizer, forty years in the past. Flynn’s son and daughter, Cisco and Megan, have just returned to New Iberia in the midst of successful careers elsewhere—Cisco as a film producer, Megan as an award-winning photographer sought all over the world. Cisco has come to produce a film on site in New Iberia with a famous director and a high-priced cast. Unfortunately, the director is nasty and thoroughly unscrupulous, and the Hong Kong Triads are financing the film. Meanwhile, an African-American ex-con named Cool Breeze Broussard has managed to bring in the FBI to investigate his charge of brutality in the local lockup and succeeds in gaining release into the agency’s custody. And there is a connection between Broussard and the film that will not be revealed until much later.

For Dave, the mystery that is causing him to lose sleep involves that forty-year-old crucifixion. Three men were responsible, and he wants to know who they are. As he pursues his investigation, he finds himself deeply ensnared in Cool Breeze’s life and fate, in the questionable activities of the Flynn siblings, and in confrontations with the New Orleans mob, the film director, a wealthy local landowner, and a pair of hitmen who show up in the parish. If you like untangling puzzles, you’ll love Sunset Limited.

James Lee Burke is one of my favorite writers—in any genre. I've reviewed many of his books, most recently The master of Louisiana noir and Neo-Nazis, the Jewish Defense League, and a sunken Nazi submarine.