by Sukey HowardSeptember, 1998
Moody mystery from Burke
Author James Lee Burke and reader Will Patton are always a dynamite duo, and they live up to expectations in Sunset Limited, Burke's new, moody mystery novel (4.5 hours). Cajun detective Dave Robicheaux is front and center, as concerned with past injustices as he is with current quotidian crimes. So, when the daughter of a local union organizer who was literally crucified on a barn wall returns to the parish, you know that this long-unsolved murder will be a focus of attention again. At least it will be for Robicheaux, whose observation that the vested interest of government and criminals and respectable citizens was often the same becomes all too real and all too dangerous.
Sukey Howard reports on spoken word audio each month.