Crusader's Cross: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: James Lee Burke
Narrator: Will Patton
Genres: Detective Stories
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Published In: July 2005
# of Units: 10 CDs
Length: 12 hours
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Critically acclaimed and bestselling crime writer James Lee Burke returns to Louisiana where his ever-popular hero, Dave Robicheaux, sleuths his way through a hotbed of sin and uncertainty.

For Dave Robicheaux, life in Louisiana is filled with haunting memories of the past. In "Crusader's Cross," a deathbed confession from an old schoolmate resurrects a story of injustice, the murder of a young woman, and a time in Robicheaux's life he has tried to forget.

Her name may or may not have been Ida Durbin. It was back in the innocent days of the 1950s when Robicheaux and his brother, Jimmie, met her on a Galveston beach. She was pretty and Jimmie fell for her hard -- not knowing she was a prostitute on infamous Post Office Street, with ties to the mob. Then Ida was abducted and never seen again.

Now, decades later, Robicheaux is asking questions about Ida Durbin, and a couple of redneck deputy sheriffs make it clear that asking questions is a dangerous game. With a series of horrifying murders and the sudden appearance of Valentine Chalons and his sister, Robicheaux is soon involved with the murderous energies of the New Orleans underworld.

Reviews (12)

Written by Denise T on April 28th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Loved it! Fascinating story! The characters and intertwined lives seem totally realistic.

Written by Tracy A Oubre on March 4th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Another great book with multiple plots that keeps you on your toes. I love these books.

Review of Crusaders Cross

Written by Tracey Hodge on February 25th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I am a big JL Burke / Robicheaux fan - another great one. Will Patton does such a great job. Would recommend!!

Crusader's Cross

Written by Steve Knaebe on February 22nd, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

A entertaining story, had the listener thinking they knew who the culprit was...maybe when he was revealed it was a bit of huh, to me anyways. Thought the reader in this one wasn't of the same caliber of previous readers but I suppose I could of read it myself.LOL

Crusader's Cross

Written by Kathy on December 29th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Maybe I'm just a fan of this author, but I like all his books and this one lives up to the others as a great read.

Burke does it again

Written by Lee Werley from Chapel Hill, NC on August 13th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This was great. I do not listen to too many of his in a row because I want to enjoy them from time to time. Will Patton is really good.

Crusader's Cross

Written by John Morgan on July 31st, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This novel was excellent. I couldn't wait to hear the next chapters. I highly recommend it to anyone.

Crusader's Cross

Written by Anonymous from Kansas City, MO on June 11th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I was enjoying this book, until I started thinking about the timeline. The more I thought about it, the more the main character, Robichaud, became an unbelievable and unrealistic character. Robichaud supposedly has an "entanglement" with a hooker in the late 1950s when he was supposedly a young adult (18 or 20). Then, he supposedly served in the Viet Nam War, but by that time, he would have been too old to be drafted. At the time the book takes place, which is after the World Trade Center attacks, he's still an active cop on the force and he would have to be in his 60s, at least, by then. There is even a reference to Robichaud having a conversation when he was little with a Civil War veteran. I just found all of this to be too ridiculous and unbelivable and it ruined the rest of the story for me.

Crusader's Cross by James Lee Burke

Written by Amy Deshaies on April 10th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book was excellent-the amazing imagery lured me in and did not allow me to daydream-I was riveted by every word. I could hear the sounds, smell the smells... The narrator, Will Patton, did a fantastic job. He embodied the character of Dave Robicheaux-the sad, angry, resigned, haunted hero of this series. My only complaint would be the ending-maybe I read too much into some of the hints and clues given throughout the book, but I was left hanging on a few key points. Otherwise, very satisfying-highly recommended.

If you appreciate good writing, you've come to the right place.

Written by Linda DeAngelis on March 31st, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

James Lee Burke is my favorite author and he just keeps getting better. I've read everything he has ever written. And no one can narrate like Will Patton. I read the book and then I listen to the audio book. You will not be disappointed with either of them.

Author Details

Author Details

Burke, James Lee

James Lee Burke was born in Houston, Texas, in 1936 and grew up on the Texas-Louisiana gulf coast. He attended Southwestern Louisiana Institute and later received a B. A. Degree in English and an M. A. from the University of Missouri in 1958 and 1960 respectively. Over the years he worked as a landman for Sinclair Oil Company, pipeliner, land surveyor, newspaper reporter, college English professor, social worker on Skid Row in Los Angeles, clerk for the Louisiana Employment Service, and instructor in the U. S. Job Corps.

He and his wife Pearl met in graduate school and have been married 48 years, they have four children: Jim Jr., an assistant U.S. Attorney; Andree, a school psychologist; Pamala, a T. V. ad producer; and Alafair, a law professor and novelist who has 4 novels out with Henry Holt publishing.

Burke's work has been awarded an Edgar twice for Best Crime Novel of the Year. He has also been a recipient of a Breadloaf and Guggenheim Fellowship and an NEA grant. Two of his novels, Heaven's Prisoners and Two For Texas, have been made into motion pictures. His short stories have been published in The Atlantic Monthly, New Stories from the South, Best American Short Stories, Antioch Review, Southern Review, and The Kenyon Review. His novel The Lost Get-Back Boogie was rejected 111 times over a period of nine years, and upon publication by Louisiana State University press was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Today he and his wife live in Missoula, Montana, and New Iberia, Louisiana.