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Crusader's Cross by James Lee Burke
Crusader's Cross brings back Dave Robicheaux, widowed twice and haunted by memories of violence in his past. Back in 1958, Dave and his brother Jimmie met a woman in Galveston named Ida, and Jimmie fell hard for her. When Jimmie found out she was a prostitute, he tried to convince her to run off to Mexico with him, but Ida was kidnapped by corrupt cops and assumed led to her untimely demise. A dying cop tells Dave that Ida might still be alive, and now working again for the sheriff's department, Dave begins to ask questions. Dave is quickly threatened, and Ida's disappearance appears to involve the wealthy, powerful, and corrupt Chalons family. When one of the Chalons women is murdered by a serial killer, they try to frame Dave for it. Dave Robicheaux is once more thrust into a world of violence and corruption where his life, and those whom he cares about, is in danger. Crusader's Cross has received positive reviews with the Rocky Mountain News saying, "Killers for hire, alcoholics, drug-sunk whores and effeminate old southerners without a shred of ethics to match their sense of entitlement are only some of the thoroughly realized creations to meet here. With his latest, Burke once again affirms why he is one of the best writers in any genre."