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A Stained White Radiance (Dave Robicheaux) by James Lee Burke

By James Lee Burke

“It’s very unlikely to think about the Louisiana bayou with no conjuring up James Lee Burke’s Dave Robicheaux books” (Chicago Tribune), together with this early masterwork that pits the Cajun police detective opposed to one of many New South’s such a lot twisted and robust forces. Oil speculator Weldon Sonnier is the patriarch of a afflicted relations in detail absolute to the CIA, the Mob, and the Klan. Now, the homicide of a cop and a strange assassination test pull Robicheaux into the Sonniers’ hellish international of insanity, homicide, and incest. yet Robicheaux has devils of his own— and so they may smash the tormented investigator and the 2 humans he holds most useful.

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USA Today FIRST VINTAGE INTERNATIONAL EDITION, FEBRUARY 1995 Copyright © 1994 by Kodansha International Ltd. All rights reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright Conventions. , New York, and simultaneously in Canada by Random House of Canada Limited, Toronto. , Tokyo, in 1988. , New York, in 1994. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Murakami, Haruki, 1949- [Dansu dansu dansu. English] Dance dance dance : a novel / by Haruki Murakami : translated by Alfred Birnbaum.

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