By James Lee Burke
Clutching the shards, of his shattered lifestyles, Cajun detective Dave Robicheaux has rejoined the hot 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 relatively acquired is revenge at the brain. And he'll simply be happy while the killers who upended his existence were delivered to justice.
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Extra resources for A Morning for Flamingos (Dave Robicheaux Series, Book 4)
Even in this qualiﬁed context, the ‘dearest tie’ is suggestive of a substitute marriage. Even where it involved only single men or women, this relationship between the ideals of friendship and marriage could at times be an uneasy one; the common terms in which each is described can serve to conceal an intrinsic tension in emotional Ennobling Genius 31 discourse, as much as it suggests an insouciant naïveté on the part of some writers. Notably ambiguous is the tone of an anonymous essayist who contrives to use military imagery that is reminiscent both of religious exhortation and, more familiarly yet, the language of romantic love: These gentle ﬁrst approaches, this ripening intercourse, this growing attraction that may end in strongest love, – we have inﬂuence over these.
In detailing the corruption of his central protagonist by a reﬁned Mephistopheles, Wilde was breaking an important rule of the game. Within accepted models of romantic friendship there are, then, conventions and symbolic registers of status recognised and mediated by Victorian writers. The parameters and possible dangers of romantic friendship once established, it is important that a writer should be able to convey this status, for instance in the basic terms of sincerity and durability. In literature of the period, characteristically, the nature of friendship is often tested or intensiﬁed during periods of illness, as one character succeeds or fails in nursing another.
In conﬁding in his father, Hardy reveals quite speciﬁcally that his love for his friend is not problematic (he has discreetly concealed the difﬁculties of his social position Extraordinary Reserve 37 for several years), and this sense of transparency is underlined for the reader by the action of Captain Hardy in serving as mediator. At the same time, the disjunction between what Hardy says directly to Tom (‘I like you’) and the resonance of his father’s comment – elsewhere the narrator has described Hardy as a ‘loving soul’ – points to an awkwardness in expression between the two young men.