A Private Cathedral

SKU: 9781982151683SIGNED


After much discussion between Fact & Fiction and James Lee Burke, we have decided we will not be offering any signed copies of Mr. Burke's new book, A Private Cathedral, concurrent with its August 11th release. This decision has not been made lightly. When the book's original May release date was pushed back into the summer, it was hoped that by this time the COVID-19 pandemic would be under control. However, Montana is currently experiencing a wave of increasing infections higher than at any time during the period. With Mr. Burke, and particularly his wife, Pearl, in a high risk category for infection, we are taking extreme precautions to ensure their continued good health. We discussed various options with Mr. Burke for how we might proceed in fulfilling the pre-orders we have received for personalized copies and we have come to the mutual decision that it simply isn't worth the risk. We apologize on behalf of ourselves and for Mr. Burke for any inconvenience this may cause. No one is more disappointed in this than James Lee Burke himself.

We have extra first edition copies in hopes that the COVID-19 virus can be brought under control in the coming months, or that a vaccine will be available by year's end; at that time Mr. Burke has agreed he will sign copies of the book if at all possible. However, we can't guarantee that happening but we will do our best. We are in regular contact with Mr. Burke and will make announcements accordingly as the weeks and months unfold.

We hope that you will still prefer to have us provide your book, but we also understand if you prefer to acquire it from a local-to-you independent bookstore. We hope to be able to offer signed, personalized copies by the holidays, but there is no guarantee. You can still order a personalized copy in hopes for future signing, you can do that. Just indicate that in the comments of your order. Thank you!


After finding himself caught up in one of Louisiana’s oldest and bloodiest family rivalries, Detective Dave Robicheaux must battle the most terrifying adversary he has ever encountered: a time-traveling superhuman assassin.

The Shondell and Balangie families are longtime enemies in the New Iberia criminal underworld and show each other no mercy. Yet their youngest heirs, Johnny Shondell and Isolde Balangie, rock and roll-musician teenagers with magical voices, have fallen in love and run away after Isolde was given as a sex slave to Johnny’s father.

As he seeks to uncover why, Detective Dave Robicheaux gets too close to both Isolde’s mother and the mistress of her father, a venomous New Orleans mafioso whose jealousy has no bounds. In retribution, he hires a mysterious assassin to go after Robicheaux and his longtime partner, Clete Purcel. This hitman is unlike any the “Bobbsey Twins from Homicide” have ever faced. He has the ability to induce horrifying hallucinations and travels on a menacing ghost ship that materializes without warning. In order to defeat him and rescue Johnny and Isolde, Robicheaux will have to overcome the demons that have tormented him throughout his adult life—alcoholism, specters from combat in Vietnam, and painful memories of women to whom he opened his heart only to see killed.

A Private Cathedral, James Lee Burke’s fortieth book, is his most powerful tale, one that will captivate readers—mixing crime, romance, mythology, horror, and science fiction to produce a thrilling story about the all-consuming, all-conquering power of love.

Price: $28.00