Clete - James Lee Burke

Clete

By James Lee Burke

  • Release Date: 2024-06-11
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
4
From 89 Ratings

Description

In the latest installment in his famous Detective Dave Robicheaux series, New York Times bestselling author James Lee Burke brings Dave’s partner and friend Clete Purcel to the forefront for the first time as Clete and Dave attempt to stop ruthless smugglers of a dangerous new drug

Clete Purcel – private investigator, ex-member of the New Orleans Police Department, and war veteran with a hard shell and just a few soft spots – is Dave Robicheaux’s longtime friend and partner in detective work. But he has a troubled past. When Clete leaves his car at the local car wash, only to return to find it ransacked by a group of thugs tied to the drug trade from Mexican cartels to Louisiana, it feels personal – his grandniece died of a fentanyl overdose, and his fists curl when he thinks of the dealers who sold it.

Just as Clete starts to trail the culprits, Clara Bow, a woman with a dark past hires Clete as a detective to investigate her scheming, slippery ex-husband, and a string of brutal deaths all link back to a heavily tattooed man who seems to lurk around every corner. Clete is experiencing shockingly lifelike hallucinations and questioning Clara’s ulterior motives when he and Dave start to hear rumors of a dangerous substance with potentially catastrophic effects. The thugs who destroyed his car might have been pawns in a scheme far darker than they could’ve imagined.

Gripping, violent, yet interlaced with Clete’s humor and consistent drive to protect those he loves, Clete brings a fresh perspective to a truly iconic series. James Lee Burke proves yet again that he is the “heavyweight champ” and “great American novelist whose work, taken individually or as a whole, is unsurpassed” (Michael Connelly). 

Reviews

  • Cletes turn.

    4
    By Wboanna
    Interesting JLB book from a character who was always around but never fleshed out before this book.
  • Crete

    1
    By bjrcc
    This book is short and rambles all over the place and the plot is awful. Not the usual from this author .
  • Colorful,

    3
    By Lucyspot
    Made little sense , but ok read
  • Maestro

    5
    By Golden grunt
    Wow. The old man has still got it. I hope he doesn’t stop here