Purple Cane Road Book Summary and Study Guide

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Detective Dave Rabicheaux is obsessed with the murder of his mother. He longs to solve the most important investigation of his career...and life. He must set the record straight. Was his mother murdered, or not? And why? Did crooked cops kill his mother? And if they did, how far does the trail lead? To the top levels of law enforcement in the state of Louisiana? He must use his friends at the bottom, and in high places in Louisiana to complete the investigation. The bait is set. How far will the villains--dirty cops, hit men, etc.--run with the line? You're sure to find out, because when the hook's set, the actions of the villains brings the true killers out into the daylight. On the way to solving his mother's murder, Detective Dave Robicheaux must deal with the process society sanctions more and more each day: executions. The murder of his mother haunts him, and so does the forthcoming execution of a black woman accused of murder. A double-edged sword, that tears Dave apart. An excellent read!
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The review of this Book prepared by F. Scott Sinclair

dave robicheaux solves the murder of his mother.
The review of this Book prepared by linda benoit

Dave Robicheaux is a former alcoholic and big city copy gone to work in a small Louisiana town. All is well until he learns his mother did not run out on the family years ago. She was murdered by dirty police officers.
The review of this Book prepared by Jeff Trotter

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   depressing/sad How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   80% Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   minority/women/gay rights Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   40's-50's


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South Small town?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references Unusual forms of death    -   drowned    -   perforation--swords/knives Unusual form of death?    -   Yes

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