In this stunning 11th mystery in the series from two-time Edgar winner and MVA Grandmaster James Lee Burke, detective Dave Robicheaux has been told that his mother Mae was a hooker, and ended her life drowned in a mud puddle by two cops working for the Mob. As Robicheaux and his partner Clete Purcel hunt for the killers, they encounter a door-to-door salesman turned state governor, a psychotic hit-man, and Jim Gable, owner of the mansion at Purple Cane Road—who knows more about Robicheaux's wife than he does.
"It is difficult to think of new superlatives to describe Purple Cane Road.... Indeed, the book makes most other crime writing seem crude, simplistic, and immature."—Evening Standard (London)