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Swan Peak: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

5 Ratings: 3.2
A book by James Lee Burke

Detective Dave Robicheaux is pitted against all types, from an oil tycoon's deformed brother to a sexually indiscreet minister. With these colorful characters running rampant, narrator Will Patton never stumbles in his delivery or interpretations, offering … see full wiki

Author: James Lee Burke
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
5 reviews about Swan Peak: A Dave Robicheaux Novel
review by . July 09, 2011
"Swan Peak" shows James Lee Burke's rich character portrayals, detailed descriptions of the natural surroundings of western Montana and demonstrates his ability to tell a suspenseful story.         Dave Robicheaux, wife Molly, and best friend, Clete, are on vacation in Montana after experiencing the devastation of hurricanes Rita and Katrina in New Orleans.      When a pair of double murders occur and the local sheriff seems overwhelmed, …
review by . July 10, 2008
Clete Purcel is most noticeable in his porkpie hat, driving a restored maroon Caddy convertible. In Montana fishing with Dave Robicheaux and his wife Molly, Hurricane Katrina and New Iberia parish far behind but hardly forgotten, Purcel is only in search of good fishing when beset by two men in a pickup who inform him he is trespassing on private property. Returning to Robicheaux's cabin on Albert Hollister's place, Clete reports the incident to Dave, the same men arriving soon after to further …
review by . September 07, 2008
For those of us who write stories and are occasionally published, we are constantly told to never open a fiction piece with either a dream or the weather. The reasoning being, according to agents and writing experts, that such an opening is either clich├ęd or weak and makes the submission worthy of the instant rejection. That and the stigma of having ignored the current expectations of the publishing coasts and by doing so, showing that the writer is oblivious to doing things correctly. Ironic then, …
review by . August 13, 2008
"Swan Peak" is the seventeenth book in James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux series and, by now, longtime fans of the series probably know Dave Robicheaux and Clete Purcell better than they know their own real life first cousins (and might even enjoy their company more). What makes "Swan Peak" different from other Robicheaux novels, though, is that it is the first book in the series to be set entirely someplace other than in south Louisiana, home base for Robicheaux and his sidekick. But even in Montana, …
review by . August 01, 2008
I am a fan of James Lee Burke and look forward to every Dave Robicheaux novel. Mind you, it isn't a bad read - it simply does not compare well with his other work. Not a big deal really since every author occasionally doesn't quite hit the mark.     "Swan Peak" is weighed down with too many nefarious, if not nebulous, characters chasaing too many plots, sub-plots and backstories. In my opinion, the story would have been improved by slimming it down.     Robicheaux …
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