By James Lee Burke

ISBN-10: 0316212547

ISBN-13: 9780316212540

Clutching the shards, of his shattered existence, Cajun detective Dave Robicheaux has rejoined the recent lberia police force.

His companion is dead--slain in the course of a condemned prisoner's bloody flight to freedom that left Robicheaux significantly wounded and reawakened the ghost of his haunted, violent past.

Following the path of the escaped convicts, Robicheaux is quickly drawn again to New Orleans.But this time, the stakes are even higher.He's operating for the DEA undercover in an try and incriminate Tony Cardo, a clinically insane drug lord.But all Robicheaux's particularly received is revenge at the brain. And he'll in simple terms be chuffed while the killers who upended his lifestyles were dropped at justice.

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Until that moment “a complete sceptic on the subject of supernatural appearances” (“TC,” p. 140), Woodville is instantly converted into a believer; he is convinced (though not exactly 20 The rise of optical apparitions 21 thrilled) that “there can remain no longer any doubt of the horrible reality of your apparition. ” The narrative concludes with Browne’s hasty departure and Woodville’s well-advised decision to reseal the haunted chamber and “restore it to the solitude to which the better judgment of those who preceded [him] had consigned it” (“TC,” pp.

The English [Samuel] Johnson longed, all his life, to see one; but could not, though he went to Cock Lane, and thence to the church-vaults, and tapped on coffins. Foolish Doctor! Did he never, with the mind’s eye as well as with the body’s, look round him into that full tide of human Life he so loved; did he never so much as look into Himself? 1 (SR, p. 191) Ghosts do exist, then, and are everywhere to be seen. They walk the streets in human form, vainly look for specters in church vaults and haunted houses, and fail to see that it is they who are the real ghosts.

Like these sites of visual opaqueness, the narrative itself is organized around a lack of clarification on a key matter. What abominable deeds did Woodville’s ancestress, doomed to revisit the scene of her past crimes, commit in the ill-fated chamber? The brief mention of “incest, and unnatural murder” (“TC,” p. 142) whets the reader’s appetite for gory and salacious detail: a literary Rorschach test, one might say, where the reader’s imagination, his or her desires and perversions, anxieties and nightmares, color in the narrative’s blank spaces.

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