torstai 17. toukokuuta 2018

James Lee Burke: Robicheaux

James Lee Burken 445-sivuinen romaani jatkaa Dave Robicheaux -tarinaa, eikä käänteitä puutu: Robicheaux (Orion, 2018; ISBN 978-1-4091-7645-9).

Romaanin teksti on paikoitellen selkäpiitä värisyttävän tunnelmallista, sellaista pohdintaa johon pystyy vain paljon elämää kokenut kirjailija. Tästä huolimatta, ja vaikka romaanin käsiin saamista olin suuresti odottanut, teksti ei napannutkaan mukaansa samalla lailla kuin aiemmissa Burken teoksissa on käynyt. Ehkä hetki oli väärä, tai sitten kirjassa on liikaa jo aiemmin nähdyn toistamista.

Dave Robicheaux is a haunted man. From the acts he committed in Vietnam, to his battles with alcoholism, to the sudden loss of his beloved wife, Molly, his thoughts drift from one irreconcilable memory to the next. Images of ghosts pepper his reality.

Robicheaux's only beacon remains serving as a detective in New Iberia, Louisiana. It's in that capacity that Robicheaux crosses paths with powerful mob boss, Tony Nemo. Tony has a Civil War sword he'd like to give to Levon Broussard, a popular local author whose books have been adapted into major Hollywood films. The sword's history can be traced back to Broussard's ancestors and Tony figures it belongs to Levon. But Tony's intentions aren't so pure; he believes the gift will lead to a slice of Broussard's lucrative film adaptations.

Then there's Jimmy Nightengale, the young poster boy of New Orleans wealth and glamour. Jimmy's fond of Levon's work, and even fonder of his beautiful, enigmatic wife, Rowena. Tony thinks Jimmy can be a US Senator someday and has the resources and clout to make it happen. There's something off about the relationship between these three men and after a vicious assault, it's up to Robicheaux to uncover the truth.

Complicating matters is the sudden death of T.J. Dartez, the New Iberian local responsible for Molly's death. Robicheaux's colleague, Spade Labiche, thinks Robicheaux had something to do with it. Robicheaux's determined to clear his name. He's not alone; his daughter, Alafair, along with his old friend, Clete Purcel are right by Robicheaux's side as he searches for the killer, where a shocking discovery awaits.

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