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**** stars. I have been reading and enjoying Dave Robicheaux mysteries for 27 years. I love him, his daughter, Alafair, and best friend Clete Purcel. I wait each year for their newest adventure. Louisiana Sheriff’s Detective Dave Robicheaux and his longtime friend and partner Clete Purcel are vacationing in Montana’s spectacular Big Sky country when a series of suspicious events leads them to believe their lives, and the lives of their families, are in danger.First, Alafair is nearly killed by an arrow while hiking alone on a trail. Then Clete’s daughter, Gretchen Horowitz, has a run-in with a local cop. Next, Alafair thinks she sees a familiar face following her around town—but how could convicted sadist and serial killer Asa Surrette be loose on the streets of Montana? Surrette committed a string of vicious murders while capital punishment was outlawed in his home state of Kansas. Years later, Alafair, a lawyer and novelist, interviewed Surrette in prison, aiming to prove him guilty of other crimes and eligible for the death penalty. Recently, a prison transport van carrying Surrette crashed and he is believed dead, but Alafair isn’t so sure. Wyatt Dixon, a former rodeo champion and convicted felon who first appeared in Burke’s 2001 novel “Bitterroot”, is another potential suspect. The search for Surrette, which stands at the novel’s center, widens to encompass a related series of abductions and murders that involves both Surrette and the family of a wealthy oil baron, one of the corporate profiteers who have helped lay waste to a formerly pristine environment. An alcoholic in recovery, Dave Robicheaux is visited by ghosts of the past, and his musings have deep roots in mythology and mysticism. He is a complex, thoughtful, damaged and violent man, unlike any protagonist in modern mystery fiction. The nature of evil is a theme also familiar to Mr. Burke's readers. Mr. Burke's books are always complex page-turners, he has been called “America’s best novelist” (The Denver Post) and “the reigning champ of nostalgia noir” (The New York Times Book Review). If you have not met this great writer and his characters, start with "The Neon Rain" published in 1987 and hold on to your hat for quite a ride!! Highly recommend!
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