Dave and Clete are not conventional law enforcement folk. They go into the sewers where the gargoyles and monsters live and they dispense justice. Smiley, who lives in the sewers permanently, helps (selectively) too. Burke uses metaphors brilliantly, he will take you to Akadiana and Bayou Teche and Montana too if you want to go. I haven't been but I feel as if I have. Find a seatbelt, it's a great ride.