July 20, 2020

#BookReview: A Private Cathedral (Dave Robicheaux #23) by James Lee Burke






Synopsis: 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 assassin.

The 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 sex 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 warning. 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-conquering power of love.
 


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Rating: ★
My Review: I was so excited to start this book once I saw the description.  I have never read anything by this author before but I don't mind reading books out of order.  It sounded like a modern day twist on Romeo and Juliet set in Louisiana with a time traveling assassin .  


Unfortunately, after starting this one I ended up DNFing it shortly after chapter 4.  I just gave up.  For me this was way to wordy when it came to some of the descriptions.  

Overall, I liked the main characters Dave and Celete and enjoyed the detective/mafia storyline.  But I just couldn't get into the story at large.  








Review

An imaginative blend of crime and other genres, Burke’s existential drama is both exquisitely executed and profoundly moving. 

—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

About the Author

James Lee Burke is a New York Times bestselling author, two-time winner of the Edgar Award, and the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts in Fiction. He’s authored thirty-eight novels and two short story collections. He lives in Missoula, Montana.









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