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This book is brand new and still in the original publisher's shrinkwrap. The book is signed by the author. James Lee Burke is much more than a mystery writer. Anyone who has read his books knows that this author can really write. Certainly one of the best contemporary novelists, Burke has written bestseller after bestseller. This is Mr. Burke's latest Dave Robicheaux story. No writer could capture the horror of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans like James Lee Burke. He brings his characters right into the danger and devastation of that time. He evokes the spirit of New Orleans like no other writer. The power and originality of his work is amazing. A Wonderful book. This beautiful book is bound in full-tooled leather with satin moiré endpapers, satin ribbon bookmark and 22kt gold on the spine. The spine has raised bands in the style of classic bookbinding. Beautiful gilt designs ornament the front as well as the back boards. The paper was made especially for this edition. The leather was cut entirely by hand. It includes a certificate of authenticity and a descriptive card laid in with biographical information as well as a few words about the book itself. Published by Easton Press it is a volume of heirloom quality and will be treasured for generations to come.