James Lee Burke’s Dave Robicheaux did not need five books before he got sober. When the series opens, with 1987’s, Dave is already in recovery. His best friend, partner, and archetypal trickster, Clete Purcel, is decidedly not. He’s an unapologetic alcoholic, and a violent one. In chapter one of , he asks:
There might be more wisdom summarized in those six words than in any self-lacerating / self-congratulatory memoir.