After the devastating events recounted in THE TIN ROOF BLOWDOWN, Dave Robicheaux and his ex-partner in Homicide, Clete Purcel, head for the mountains and trout streams of Montana for some much-needed healing. But while Montana might seem an unspoilt paradise peopled by men and women from an earlier, more innocent time in American history, Dave and Clete soon find that there are plenty of serpents in the garden too. The deaths of a couple of hikers suggest a perverted serial killer may be at work, while an escaped jailbird and his former tormentor are locked in a savage dance of revenge that is ultimately connected to the fortunes of a wealthy oil family hiding a terrible secret.
First published 2008.
Follows hard on the heels of James Lee Burke's masterpiece, THE TIN ROOF BLOWDOWN, which has won him ecstatic reviews and legions of new fans: 'Not only a top-notch mystery but a moving post-Katrina tribute to his beloved New Orleans. Burke's elegy is so raw, painful and eloquent, it's almost hard to concentrate on the case. Grade A' ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY 'It's been a long time since a crime novel made me cry. It's been a long time since a crime novel made every hair on my body stand on end. THE TIN ROOF BLOWDOWN did both' INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY Shortlisted for the Galaxy British Book Awards, Best Crime Novel 2008
James Lee Burke is the author of many previous novels, many featuring Detective Dave Robicheaux. He won the Edgar Award in 1997 for 'Cimarron Rose', while 'Black Cherry Blues' won the Edgar in 1989 and 'Sunset Limited' was awarded the CWA Gold Dagger in 1998. He lives with his wife, Pearl, in Missoula, Montana and New Iberia, Louisiana.