By James Lee Burke
James Lee Burke, acclaimed by means of critics as "America's top novelist," "the Graham Greene of the bayou," and "a poet of the secret novel," returns together with his well known personality, Dave Robicheaux, in a singular wealthy with surroundings, ripe with risk, and jam-packed with the type of crackling discussion that has made Burke a constant manhattan occasions best-selling writer. whilst a stunning teenage woman is killed, the sufferer of a very savage rape, New Iberia, Louisiana, police detective Dave Robicheaux senses from the very commence of the research that the main most likely suspect, Tee Bobby Hulin, isn't the genuine killer. even though a drug addict and common 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 element to Tee Bobby Hulin, and the cries for arrest develop into too loud to disregard. The useless girl's father, even though, prefers to take concerns in his personal arms and units out to discover -- and punish -- the killer himself. yet sooner than Robicheaux can resolve those crimes and convey the killer or killers to justice, he's compelled to conflict his personal internal demons, together with a painkiller dependancy, a behavior that starts off 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 sector for years, Legion was the overseer on a neighborhood sugarcane plantation and now will get by way of doing atypical jobs. In temperament, despite the fact that, he is nonetheless the malicious and malevolent bully he regularly used to be, a guy outlined via evil and likely possessed with supernatural talents of survival. extra to the combination, and at the solid 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 readily drawn into the fight among many of the forces of evil within the city, together with Jimmy Dean types, a black guy rationale on retaining 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 not like any he has ever recognized. and shortly, what begun as a duel of wits has become a dance of loss of life. Gothic, dense, brutal, touching, and continuously compelling, Jolie Blon's leap is vintage storytelling from a author who has been dubbed "the Faulkner of crime fiction."
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Your grandson may end up in the Death House, Ladice. The only friend he seems to have is Perry LaSalle. Maybe that's good. Maybe it isn't. " I walked outside, into the yard and the smell of flowers and the sun-heated salty hint of rain out on the Gulf. Across the road I could see peacocks on the lawn of the scorched three-story stucco ruins that had been Julian LaSalle's home. I heard Ladice open the screen door behind me. " she said. "A man who's driven by guilt eventually turns on those who make him feel guilty.
Y'all put the fear of God in him, if that make you feel good," she replied. "We tried to help him. He chose not to cooperate. He also showed no feeling at all over the rape and murder of an innocent young girl," I said. She wore a white cotton dress with a gold chain and religious medal around her neck. A perforated gold-plated dime hung from another chain on her anklebone. " Then she brushed at the air and said, "Go on, go on, take care of your bidness and be done. The grave's waiting for me. " "I always respected you, Miss Ladice," I said.
A low-roofed gray gas-guzzler was parked by the coulee with three people inside. The black man said the driver tossed a beer can out the window and started up his automobile and drove in the same direction as the four-wheeler. My partner was Helen Soileau. She had begun her career as a meter maid at NOPD, then had worked as a patrolwoman in the Garden District before she returned to her hometown and began her career over again. Shehad a masculine physique and was martial and often abrasive in her manner, but outside of Clete Purcel, my old Homicide partner at NOPD, she was the best police officer I had ever known.
Jolie Blon's Bounce by James Lee Burke