A Private Cathedral: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

Written by:
James Lee Burke
Narrated by:
Will Patton

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
August 2020
11 hours 30 minutes
After finding himself caught up in one of Louisiana’s oldest and bloodiest family rivalries, Detective Dave Robicheaux must battle the most terrifying adversary he has ever encountered: a time-traveling superhuman assassin.

The Shondell and Balangie families are longtime enemies in the New Iberia criminal underworld and show each other no mercy. Yet their youngest heirs, Johnny Shondell and Isolde Balangie, rock and roll-musician teenagers with magical voices, have fallen in love and run away after Isolde was given as a sex slave to Johnny’s uncle.

As he seeks to uncover why, Detective Dave Robicheaux gets too close to both Isolde’s mother and the mistress of her father, a venomous New Orleans mafioso whose jealousy has no bounds. In retribution, he hires a mysterious assassin to go after Robicheaux and his longtime partner, Clete Purcel. This hitman is unlike any the “Bobbsey Twins from Homicide” have ever faced. He has the ability to induce horrifying hallucinations and travels on a menacing ghost ship that materializes without warning. In order to defeat him and rescue Johnny and Isolde, Robicheaux will have to overcome the demons that have tormented him throughout his adult life—alcoholism, specters from combat in Vietnam, and painful memories of women to whom he opened his heart only to see killed.

A Private Cathedral, James Lee Burke’s fortieth book, is his most powerful tale, one that will captivate readers—mixing crime, romance, mythology, horror, and science fiction to produce a thrilling story about the all-consuming, all-conquering power of love.
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Redundant. Too much pseudo Cajun slang. Boring. Wandering in search of a plot.

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Robert P.

The most ambitious James Lee Burke novel to date. Dave Robicheaux has always been a complex, complicated character, a damaged soul and a knight errant, capable of great goodness and great sadness. This book deftly explores both Dave Robicheaux's and Clete Purcell's history, yielding insight into their psychology. And this book explores themes not found in previous Dave Rochicheaux adventures. A very satisfying book complimented by Will Patton's excellent (as always!) narration.

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I love James Lee Burke's writing - I want to see him the Nobel lit prize before he leaves us!

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Terryl D.

I LOVE James Lee Burke!! Been listening to these for sooo long! Will Patton is Dave Robich( forgot how to spell it! Lol)!!!

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Burke delivered greatness as anticipated. He explored the supernatural deeper than ever before; eloquently done. Loved the descriptive writing and immensely enjoyed the plot. Well done!

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