By James Lee Burke
James Lee Burke, acclaimed via critics as "America's most sensible novelist," "the Graham Greene of the bayou," and "a poet of the secret novel," returns together with his renowned personality, Dave Robicheaux, in a unique wealthy with surroundings, ripe with risk, and jam-packed with the type of crackling discussion that has made Burke a constant big apple occasions best-selling writer. while a stunning teenage woman is killed, the sufferer of a very savage rape, New Iberia, Louisiana, police detective Dave Robicheaux senses from the very begin of the research that the main most probably suspect, Tee Bobby Hulin, isn't the genuine killer. although a drug addict and normal ne'er-do-well, Hulin simply does not healthy the profile for this sort of brutal crime. but if one other homicide happens -- this sufferer a drugged-out prostitute who occurs to be the daughter of 1 of the neighborhood mafia bigwigs -- all clues once more aspect to Tee Bobby Hulin, and the cries for arrest develop into too loud to disregard. The lifeless girl's father, in spite of the fact that, prefers to take concerns in his personal arms and units out to discover -- and punish -- the killer himself. yet sooner than Robicheaux can clear up those crimes and produce the killer or killers to justice, he's compelled to conflict his personal internal demons, together with a painkiller dependancy, a behavior that starts because the results of a brutal and humiliating beating he suffers by the hands of the mysterious and diabolical personality often called Legion. A fixture within the region for years, Legion used to be the overseer on a neighborhood sugarcane plantation and now will get by means of doing peculiar jobs. In temperament, even though, he is nonetheless the malicious and malevolent bully he continually used to be, a guy outlined by way of evil and likely possessed with supernatural talents of survival. extra to the combination, and at the stable man facet of the stability sheet, is Clete Purcel, an established blood brother of Robicheaux's and a proven boozer and womanizer. Clete involves New Iberia for a trip and is instantly drawn into the fight among many of the forces of evil within the city, together with Jimmy Dean kinds, a black guy motive on conserving his empire of corruption; Joe Zeroski, a trailer park mafioso with palatial aspirations -- and naturally, Legion Guidry, the satan incarnate, in whom Robicheaux unearths himself dealing with a problem and an enemy in contrast to any he has ever identified. and shortly, what all started as a duel of wits has become a dance of dying. Gothic, dense, brutal, touching, and constantly compelling, Jolie Blon's jump is vintage storytelling from a author who has been dubbed "the Faulkner of crime fiction."