Mystery. Over the course of 19 novels, troubled Louisiana Sheriff's Detective Dave Robicheaux has battled evil in the form of bad guys many times. In his 20th book, he comes up against the most nefarious villain of his life. While on a Montana vacation with his journalist daughter, Alafair, his best friend Cletus Purcel, and Cletus' recently discovered daughter, Gretchen, the group faces all kinds of trouble, including an abusive cop, a crazy rodeo clown, and a presumed-dead serial killer whom Alafair once interviewed. With his lyrical writing, compelling story, and fascinating characters, James Lee Burke provides fans plenty to enjoy. Want more books with introspective characters, detailed and bleak settings, and suspenseful situations? Try Lawrence Block's Matthew Scudder books.