Detective Dave Robicheaux reluctantly agrees to help an old friend who is addicted to cocaine. The friend, Dixie, carries with him a brutal trail of violence and murder and even Dave's young ward Alafair is threatened.
A DAVE ROBICHEAUX NOVEL: 3
Winner of an Edgar Award
Personal tragedy has left Dave Robicheaux close to the edge. Battling against his old addiction to alcohol and haunted nightly by vivid dreams, Dave finds his only tranquillity at home with his young ward Alafair. But even this fragile peace is shattered by the arrival of Dixie Lee Pugh who brings with him a brutal trail of murder and violence.
Robicheaux reluctantly agrees to help out his old friend but becomes more involved than he bargained for when he finds himself suspect number one in a series of bloody killings. Forced to leave his home, Robicheaux's precarious existence reaches breaking point when Alafair's life is threatened.
'No crime writer in America can hold a pen to Burke's mastery of style and powers of evocation and empathy: this is prose that cuts straight to the heart' Guardian--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.