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Swan Peak

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Swan Peak

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
James Lee Burke
genre:
Mystery and Thriller, Fiction

We gave it an A

Trying to recover from the emotional devastation of Hurricane Katrina, James Lee Burke’s much-loved Louisiana detective, Dave Robicheaux, seeks solace on a secluded Montana ranch with his onetime partner Clete Purcell in Swan Peak. But their plans for a quiet fishing vacation are soon scuttled. Montana, it seems, is every bit as crime-ridden as New Orleans — rife with dead bodies, mobsters, even an escaped prisoner.

Movie Pitch
Imagine a Cajun Dirty Harry.

Last Word
The bucolic setting affects the mystery not one whit — Burke remains a master of the crime novel, and Robicheaux, despite his occasionally unsettling penchant for violence, is a man with heart and soul. A