A Private Cathedral

A Private Cathedral

Dave Robicheaux Series, Book 23

eBook - 2020
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After finding himself caught up in one of Louisiana's oldest and bloodiest family rivalries, Detective Dave Robicheaux must battle the most terrifying adversary he has ever encountered: a time-traveling superhuman assassin.
The Shondell and Balangie families are longtime enemies in the New Iberia criminal underworld and show each other no mercy. Yet their youngest heirs, Johnny Shondell and Isolde Balangie, rock and roll-musician teenagers with magical voices, have fallen in love and run away after Isolde was given as a sex slave to Johnny's father.

As he seeks to uncover why, Detective Dave Robicheaux gets too close to both Isolde's mother and the mistress of her father, a venomous New Orleans mafioso whose jealousy has no bounds. In retribution, he hires a mysterious assassin to go after Robicheaux and his longtime partner, Clete Purcel. This hitman is unlike any the "Bobbsey Twins from Homicide" have ever faced. He has the ability to induce horrifying hallucinations and travels on a menacing ghost ship that materializes without warning. In order to defeat him and rescue Johnny and Isolde, Robicheaux will have to overcome the demons that have tormented him throughout his adult life—alcoholism, specters from combat in Vietnam, and painful memories of women to whom he opened his heart only to see killed.

A Private Cathedral, James Lee Burke's fortieth book, is his most powerful tale, one that will captivate readers—mixing crime, romance, mythology, horror, and science fiction to produce a thrilling story about the all-consuming, all-conquering power of love.


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Sep 13, 2020

Great book, read it.

Aug 23, 2020

I read Burke, not for the horrendous crimes and violence the “two Bobbsey Twins”, Robicheaux and Purcel keep encountering, but rather because of the entertaining writing. Two imperfect heroes, who go about fighting for the underdog, truth and justice in their unorthodox fashion. Although this one about human trafficking went a little overboard with the supernatural, it fits so well into the Louisiana Cajun culture, it was bearable. Like many great series authors, Burke has developed his characters over a long line of books, and this one is best read if you know the depth of Robicheaux and Purcel that has been developed as the number of books in the series grew.

debwalker Aug 10, 2020

Dave Robicheaux is back! Super creepy cover.
Plotline is reminiscent of Fargo season 2 and the lovely Gerhardt family.

Dec 07, 2019

I need to preface my review with the fact that James Lee Burke is one of my favorite living American mystery writers ( so many great ones have died ) and I have read every book in the Dave Robicheaux series beginning in 1987 - 33 years. I almost always get the book in audio format because for me the voice of Will Paton is Dave. Having said that, I hated this book. Mr. Burke has waxed mystical in earlier books such as seeing the Confederate Army, but he has never turned to such a dark, super-natural, time bending, violent, dark place. Dave, though he is not drinking, loses his moral compass, sleeps with a woman he knows he should not, and advocates murder. Dave and Clete have always walked a high wire with morality, but never like this. The book is almost too painful to read. Mr. Burke is now 83 and I believe this book is an allegory for the current state of the world. There is for me, however, sufficient pain in the world such that I do not need to find more in books that I expect to read for pleasure. I even called a friend and told her not to read the book. Though there are moments of great reverence for the world we are destroying, for the first time in more than 3 decades I cannot recommend a James Lee Burke novel. Kristi & Abby Tabby


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