New Orleans By Night
Human, Police Captain, Head of New Orleans Special Task Force
Dave Robicheaux is a fictional character in a series of mystery novels by American crime writer James Lee Burke.
Once an officer for the New Orleans police department, Robicheaux constantly breaches the ethical code over the course of just about every case he works on – seemingly without consequence – and currently pursues cases in New Iberia, Louisiana as sheriff’s deputy. He is a recovering alcoholic whose demons stem from his service in the Vietnam War and his impoverished difficult childhood in rural Louisiana; his mother abandoned the family (and was later murdered) and his father died in an oil rig explosion.
He still experiences periods of savage depression and nightmares, which are only exacerbated by the murder of his wife Anne Ballard, a social worker. Recently, he has married the mobster’s widow Bootsie, a lupus sufferer, and adopted the El Salvadorian orphan Alafair (the namesake of Burke’s own daughter), after he saves her from the wreckage of an airplane.His best friend is the violent, alcoholic ex-police officer and private investigator / bail-bondsman Cletus Purcel.
In the game world, Cletus Purcel is Cletus Lavalais and now a vampire. He is still close friends with Dave, who knows what he is. He’s come to some terms with this fact, but has forbidden Clete to come around his wife or adopted daughter. Dave is now the leader of NOSTF, the New Orleans Special Task Force, since the former leader Detective Roger Carterdied in 1994 during a raid on a Sabbat stronghold. In this task force, crossbows and crosses as issued as commonly (and clandestinely) as guns. It investigates the unexplained and makes sure that the unexplained does not get a chance to hurt more people. The group has gotten a lot of funding in recent years, due to terrorist attacks, serial killers, gang activity, and other violent perpetrators.