Policeman Dave Robicheaux is asked to look into the death of a young black girl by her brother who is on a road gang in a neighboring parish. The clues seem to lead to a pimp by the name of Herman Stanga who is an all-around low-life, but lives large. Something that is weighing heavily on... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Policeman Dave Robicheaux is asked to look into the death of a young black girl by her brother who is on a road gang in a neighboring parish. The clues seem to lead to a pimp by the name of Herman Stanga who is an all-around low-life, but lives large. Something that is weighing heavily on Dave's mind is the relationship his adopted daughter, Alafair, is involved in with a local writer named Kermit Abelard. Abelard has taken up with an ex-con turned writer who immediately sets off alarms in Dave's head. Dave's ever-present buddy Clete Purcell jumps into the fray when he pays Stanga an unofficial visit that ends in a physical altercation and lands Clete in jail. The fact that Stanga soon turns up dead could mean that Clete will not only lose his livelihood, but also end up doing some serious time in prison as the prime suspect. As much as Dave dislikes Kermit Abelard he despises his friend Robert Weingart who always seems to be around. He pushes Dave's buttons and he knows it, but seems to be having fun doing so. What starts out as a single crime investigation spirals out of control until Dave soon concludes that they are dealing with a serial killer(or killers). As usual, his boss, Helen Soileau, gives him a lot of latitude to pull it all together. Dave's increasing concern over Alafair's relationship with Abelard and Weingart is soon justified when she disappears. Throughout the story an NOPD officer named Emma Poche keeps turning up and the web of sexual intrigue, jurisdictional issues, and suspected black ops involvement grow and grow. Dave is also troubled by visions that appear to him throughout the story that could be a forecast of his doom.
“"The peculiarity of entering one's eighth decade is that questions regarding theology do not sharpen but instead become less significant... We realize that we have been surrounded by connection between the material and the unseen world all our lives."”Dave Robicheaux
“"I have come to learn that memory and presence are inextrically connected and should never be thought of as separate entities."”Dave Robicheaux
“"I thought I could see the past and the present and the future all at once, as though time were not sequiential in nature but took place without a beginning or an end."”Dave Robicheaux
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mendicant culture they established is still with us, although our problem of conscience regarding their welfare seems to have faded.Highlighted by 30 Kindle customers
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sybaritic, the kind you hear in educated southern women who seemed to signal their willingness to stray if the situation is right. “I’mHighlighted by 6 Kindle customers
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