The creation of a successful character is a blessing and a curse for a writer. If the character is successful and the accolades are long and loud, there is a temptation to bring him back again, and again, and again. If you change him too much, the audience may go elsewhere; but if you don't change him at all, then the character tends to become boring. James Lee Burke has tinkered almost continuously with David Robicheaux since his inception, while keeping his core character true.
Robicheaux is a flawed man, and dangerously so. A recovering alcoholic with a position in l