Sunset Limited

Sunset Limited

Book - 1998
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Detective Dave Robicheaux re-turns 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 Limitedis a stunning achievement, confirming Burke's place as one of America's premier stylists as well as master storytellers.  "Not since Raymond Chandler has anyone so thoroughly reinvented the crime and mystery genre," said novelist Jim Harrison, and inSunset LimitedBurke continues to carve out new territory. As always in the fiction of James Lee Burke, the past impinges on the present: 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, Helen Soileau, into the midst of a deadly conspiracy.  As New Orleans mobsters and mysterious hit men converge on his parish, Robicheaux soon finds that all the clues point back in time to the tortured death of Jack Flynn. Combining brilliant prose, crackling suspense, and an exquisite sense of character and place,Sunset Limitedis a wrenching tale of historic violence and soiled redemption that reveals one of America's finest novelists at his masterful best.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto, Ont. : Doubleday, c1998.
ISBN: 9780385488426
0385488424
Characteristics: 309 pages ;,25 cm.

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Dreamstime
Jul 18, 2015

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.

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GMorry
Aug 02, 2011

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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