Friday, October 4, 2013
An early work from one of our masters
The characters Burke depicts rise up from the pages and it seems as if the reader is in the same room as they are, or sitting on a edge of a bayou, discussing the body of a young woman whose murdered body has just been found by a poor fisherman.
Dave Robicheaux is one of the most respected and admired detectives in modern mystery novels. His belief in himself and his fellow men is admirable as is his goal of wanting to do well for the less fortunate.
Dave and his wife Annie are on their boat when a plane crashes into the water. Dave saves a little six-year-old girl who is the only survivor. Dealing with the saved child and the circumstances in which she was aboard the plane make up much of the story.
There is excellent characterization in a well plotted story with a number of twists and surprises that the reader will never forget.