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A Private Cathedral (Dave Robicheaux #23) free read × 6 õ 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 assassinThe Shondell and Balangie families are longtimeEx slave to Johnny’s uncle 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 wa. 35 starsDetective Dave Robicheaux is one of James Lee Burke's most popular characters In this book Dave tries to help a teenage girl who's about to become a sex slave The book can be read as a standalone Background info Dave an investigator for the Sheriff's Department in New Iberia Louisiana has had a rough lifeDave's mother deserted the family when he was a child and his father was killed in an oil rig explosion As a young man Dave witnessed unspeakable horrors during the Vietnam War after which he became a cop in New Orleans a city rife with mobsters gambling prostitution drugs loan sharks money laundering extortion murder and so on In his job Dave met criminals of all kinds including street thugs; mobsters; sociopaths; psychopathsand rich entitled 'bluebloods' who would do anything for money and power Dave rose through the police ranks to become a homicide detective and eventually left New Orleans for New Iberia where he lives in a modest home adjacent to a bayouDave's first wife Annie was murdered and his second wife Bootsie with whom he adopted an El Salvadoran daughter named Alafair died from lupus These hardships exacerbated Dave's depression nightmares and alcoholism Even when he's not drinking Dave sees ghosts of Civil War soldiers who died near his home Dave's best friend is Clete Purcel a fellow Vietnam vet who was Dave's partner in the New Orleans Police Department The buddies both of whom are smart and tough call themselves the 'Bobsey Twins'Clete's inability to follow rules got him kicked off the police force and he became a private investigatorbail bondsman Clete works for gangsters; eats to excess; drinks too much; falls for the wrong women; and uses violence and worse against his enemies Clete is close to Dave's family and would give his life for themIn A Private Cathedral Dave Robicheaux gets involved with two wealthy and influential families who are evil incarnate The Balangie and Shondell dynasties both of whom have vast criminal empires have lived in southern Louisiana for hundreds of years The two clans have always been mortal enemies and manage to co exist in part by the medieval practice of exchanging young daughters for 'marriage'or sex Dave considers this archaic practice human trafficking and is incensed to learn that 17 year old Isolde Balangie is being given to the patriarch of the Shondell family the scuzzball Mark Shondell The situation is further complicated by the fact that Mark Shondell's nephew Johnny Shondell a talented young musician has fallen in love with Isolde who sings like an angelDave can't abide Isolde being gifted to a dirtbag and the detective confronts all the major players in the deal Isolde's stepfather and mother Adonis and Penelope Balangie; Mark Shondell; And Isolde and Johnny themselvesEVERYONE tells Dave that he doesn't understand and to mind his own business Nevertheless Dave inserts himself into the middle of the fray drawing his best friend Clete Purcell into the imbroglio and the Bobsey Twins have physical altercations with Adonis Balangie and Mark Shondell It's bad to get on the wrong side of the Balangies or the Shondells at any time but even worse now because Mark Shondell has literally made a deal with the devil Mark has a nefarious right wing plan to ensure the triumph of the 'Nordic' race To advance this goal Mark is in league with a cruel and vicious 'man' called Gideon Richetti Richetti looks like a snake moves through time tortures and kills people and travels on a mystical slave ship that slips in and out of the dimension we inhabitTo

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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 assassinThe 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 s. Burke's A Private Cathedral is a chilling story about angels devils personal demons and sour madness Set in the Louisiana countryside the book is filled with biblical imagery and told in such a gorgeous prose that the reader will find themselves highlighting every other paragraph Ostensibly its a detective tale about mafiosos and human trafficking but don't make the mistake of thinking that's what's really here For most of the book Robicheaux and his Bobsey twin Clete Purcell are caught in a virtual tempest between two warring all powerful crime families whose animosity and customs go back four hundred years They've poked their noses into family customs that are hard to disturb It's not necessarily all about the plot so much as the suffocating atmosphere of thunder and lightning and rain and all hell about to break loose Haunting might be a good word to describe the visions Burke leaves us with Chilling might be another word It's a story about looking evil in the eye and surviving wounded bitter lost and lonelyWhat sets this book and perhaps this series apart from so many others is that the writing is all intoxicating There is no let up The tension never stops building and the evil grows throughout There is a contemplativeness about the narrative beginning with talking about those rare moments when you hang between life and death and ache to hold on to the earth and eternity at the same time The prose tells us the readers about waves pounding on the beach devouring the sand as though the tide were sliding backward in mockery of itself And it begins with a man who was tired of evil and all its manifestations and our attempts to explain its existence It is as to be expected uite a dark and treacherous journeyThis is one book worth reading than once There's just so much good stuff thrown inMany thanks to the publisher for providing an advance copy for review

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A Private Cathedral Dave Robicheaux #23Rning 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 conuering power of lov. This is JLB’s twenty third book featuring Louisiana detective Dave Robicheaux Here he is once again joined by his close friend Clete Purcell a local private investigator and once a colleague of Dave’s in the New Orleans Police Department This episode is densely plotted as these tales often are and in truth I wasn’t always sure exactly what was going on The story involves two crime families whose mutual enmity goes back a very long way Current arrangements to achieve a kind of peaceful concord seem to include a form of sex slavery whereby a female from one of the families is ‘provided’ to a male member of the other family There’s a killer who might have been operating for hundreds of years and Dave and Clete dream and believe they see things that defy logic and common sense Yes there’s a lot going on hereBut I knew not to give up on this story based on what seemed to be a complex mix of magic realism and a jamboree of wild over the top characters undertaking what felt like unconstrained and unrelated acts No for me these stories aren’t really about the plot I’m brought back again and again by the lyrical writing of the author the way he describes a place he clearly loves the adept and comprehensive character analysis of the people he employs in his stories and above all the peerless dialogue he writes It’s just magical Purcell is perhaps my favourite fictional character a kind hearted but ruthless man who is often driven to acts of extreme violence in his desire to protect those he loves and respects He also has a vocabulary all of his own I laugh an I cry with Clete and I defy you not to do the same One again he digs himself into a hole that seems inescapable and it looks like he’s taking Dave down with him this time The tone of this story feels biblical that’ll be Old Testament and as it reaches its conclusion we know we’re in for an epic showdown between the forces of good and evilBurke is my favourite writer and once again there are lines here that will live long in my memory Is the story overloaded and do the magical element grind somewhat against my love for the pure and the believable The answer is yes to some degree But there’s truly much here for me to love and to celebrate Flawed brilliance I have no hesitation in awarding 5 stars