Framing the Dialogue

Swan Peak

swan peakIn Swan Peak famed New Orleans cop, Dave Robicheaux, tries to get away and relax in the wilderness of Montana.  Mayhem seems to find him wherever he goes when he and his long-time partner get involved in a murder investigation near a friends house.  Was the proximity of the murder a coincidence or a message?

“This place looks peaceful.  But it’s not.  The degenerate who murdered that college boy up there is the canker in the rose.  It doesn’t matter where you go.  The same fellow is always there.”

This novel is typical of author James Lee Burke.  The settings are wonderfully descriptive, the tension can be felt, and the bad guys are really bad…and this one has more than it’s share of the bad guys.  I like the way Mr. Burke handles the interaction between the “good” and “bad” characters in this story.  The twists were not expected by much appreciated by this reader.

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