Tampa Bay Times – “James Lee Burke talks about the return of ‘Robicheaux’” By Colette Bancroft, Times Book Editor, Published: December 29, 2017
The Return of Robicheaux – A Missoulian Interview
James Lee Burke has published three novels spotlighting other characters over the four years it’s been since we last had a mystery featuring his signature character, Dave Robicheaux.
That book was 2013’s “Light of the World.” In the interim, fans clamored for more, but if Burke had intentions to bring the character back — and after 20 novels over 26 years featuring the detective, who could blame him for not wanting to? — he was keeping the plan close to his vest… read the full article here
AARP – 2018 Books Preview: Chills and Thrills
If you’re into suspense, you’re in luck: This season’s new thrillers offer top-notch tension — with some seriously twisted villains, many mysterious disappearances, a few creepy husbands, several tormented detectives and lots of simply great storytelling. Our picks: Robicheaux
A stellar review from BookPage: ROBICHEAUX is their Top Pick in Mystery for January!
To read a Dave Robicheaux novel is to get the distinct sense that author James Lee Burke has personal experience with every feeling or characteristic portrayed on the pages therein, be they heartwarming or excruciating: an alcoholic’s demon-plagued life; the love and loss of a good woman; friendships that transcend conventional explanation; and a strong, if not always accurate, moral compass. This time out, in the 21st installment of the series, titled simply Robicheaux (Simon & Schuster, $27.99, 464 pages, ISBN 9781501176845), the embattled (and “embottled”) detective must come to terms with the distinct possibility that he is responsible for the very murder he is investigating. Conflict of interest, you say? Not so much in rural Louisiana, where corruption is the blue-plate special of the day, and it’s served up with hefty side orders of racism, ignorance and crippling poverty. Burke paints conflicting pictures of his beloved adopted state, sometimes as a romantic, Maxfield Parrish-esque, Spanish moss-covered utopia awash in shades of cobalt and amber. Other times it’s a stark, black-and-white expressionist woodcut laden with social disarray. And in doing so, he completely rises above the genre for which he is best known. That Burke can convey all of this and still craft a hell of a mystery driven in equal parts by character, plot, history and milieu is nothing short of incredible.
Publisher’s Weekly Review – Robicheaux
Reviewed on: 11/27/2017