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A Stained White Radiance: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 5 | [James Lee Burke]

A Stained White Radiance: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 5

Cajun police detective Dave Robicheaux knows the Sonnier family of New Iberia - their connections to the CIA, the mob, and to a former Klansman now running for state office. And he knows their past - as dark and murky as a night on the Louisiana bayou. An assassination attempt and the death of a cop draw Robicheaux into the Sonniers' dangerous web of madness, murder and incest. But Robicheaux has devils of his own. And they've come out of hiding to destroy the tormented investigator - and the people he holds most dear.
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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author who "can touch you in ways few writers can" (The Washington Post), James Lee Burke's fifth Dave Robicheaux novel is now an audiobook.

Cajun police detective Dave Robicheaux knows the Sonnier family of New Iberia - their connections to the CIA, the mob, and to a former Klansman now running for state office. And he knows their past - as dark and murky as a night on the Louisiana bayou. An assassination attempt and the death of a cop draw Robicheaux into the Sonniers' dangerous web of madness, murder and incest. But Robicheaux has devils of his own. And they've come out of hiding to destroy the tormented investigator - and the people he holds most dear.

Filled with the usual Burke combination of brilliant action and a stunning novelistic theme, A Stained White Radiance will keep Burke's fans riveted - and win him many new ones.

©1992 James Lee Burke (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"James Lee Burke is the best writer of detective fiction on the American scene and A Stained White Radiance is proof.... It takes the crime novel into places it's never gone before." (San Francisco Examiner)

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    Dennis Mazama, WA, United States 02-28-13
    Dennis Mazama, WA, United States 02-28-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A great writer at work here"

    James Lee Burke is a gifted writer, very few writers have his talent. This book takes the storyline and characters into some dysfunctional waters, there are some twists and turns and moments when you can be immersed in the world of South Louisiana and taken by the beautiful dialog and become a part of the world and scene. The series is amazing and pulls no punches in looking at uncomfortable topics. If you crave to find a writer with talent and want to be taken with great narration that is a match to some of the best dialog I have ever listened to then this is a series to get into.
    Recommended enthusiastically.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mel Topping 08-06-12
    Mel Topping 08-06-12
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    "Burke Never Disappoints"

    I came to Burke and Robicheaux in the middle of the series with The Tin Roof Blowdown the year it was Audible's best book. I was hooked and have never been disappointed since. I am well aware of the controversy over narrators Patton and Hammer and as most readers find Will Patton to be just about the perfect narrator for the Burke works, but I don't think anything is lost when Mark Hammer narrates. So, sit back and enjoy a little more of the story of Dave, Alifair (sic), Bootsie and of course, Clete Purcell. You won't be disappointed. Enjoy the magnificent Burke prose and the peculiar twist he utilizes to mete out justice to the New Orleans mafioso kingpin when it seems he will slip through the cracks of justice.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 08-01-13
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 08-01-13 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "Poetry!"

    These lyrics don't need music... they sing... Or at least the late Mark Hammer sings them in a spoken voice that makes me hurt over how good it is to listen to him read Burke. Okay, there's a circle in those last words and I don't know where to cut in... anymore than I'd know how to cut a perfect diamond anywhere without losing something precious.

    Please... don't read this book... Not if you haven't started with the first in the Dave Robicheaux series and earned entrance to this story. Elsewise you'll inherited too many spoilers to enjoy those early stories as Robicheaux and this ensemble cast reveal a texture richer than a dense moss hanging from a New Orleans cyprus on a hot... damp.. Dixie night.

    Ooops... Burke makes me try to write like that and Hammer makes me think like that and the plotting and story arc and reflections on the human condition in these novels make me feel ... feel... Hell, they just make me feel. That's enough.

    Wonderful work... enjoy!

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    Edgar Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 01-22-13
    Edgar Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 01-22-13 Member Since 2010

    I'm a retired professor of geography. A few years ago my health deteriorated and I had to give up reading. Audiobooks are my life-saver.

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    "Great book, great reader"

    I started reading James Lee Burke a couple of years ago and gradually moved through the last half dozen novels. I then went on to begin the series and have listened to the first five. I've now listened to "A Stained White Radiance" and have moved on to the next in the series. "Stained" is a pretty good book, not the best in the series but still rating a 5-star review. What makes this one stand out is the perfect narration by Mark Hammer, who brings the characters and story to life in a way I can't imagine another reader emulating.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kayak 09-17-12
    Kayak 09-17-12 Member Since 2002
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    What did you love best about A Stained White Radiance?

    James Lee Burke has the ability to create the stage of new Iberia. I can see it, feel it,and smell it in my mind. Thank you for the experiences. I wait for each new release.


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    Jay Pruitt Ruston, La 07-01-14
    Jay Pruitt Ruston, La 07-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "READ THIS BOOK.....PLEASE DO NOT LISTEN!!"

    Attempted to listen to MARK HAMMER for several looooong hours and finally finished this story. I read a few reviews which stated that the story overrides the narrator; well folks that is not the case with this ole boy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer St. Johns, NL, Canada 04-30-13
    Amazon Customer St. Johns, NL, Canada 04-30-13
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    "Classic James Lee Burke"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    For all those who love James Lee Burke, this book will not disappoint. In this early novel we get to know the rich characters as well as the distinctive setting which becomes another character whose presence stalks the story of ravaged childhoods and their resultant effects on the lives of the now grown adults. Burke delves beneath the surface of his characters and their lives to explore the complexities of the human heart.A wonderful read!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the details of setting and the attention paid to motivations in the lives of the characters.


    What about Mark Hammer’s performance did you like?

    Hammer's voice captures the sense of place that is so important to Burke's writing.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mel Raleigh, NC, United States 03-18-13
    Mel Raleigh, NC, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2011

    Baby Boomer in Raleigh NC. Faves include James Lee Burke, CJ Box, Baldacci, Flynn, Child, DeMille, Crais, Connolly, Thor, Coes, L'amour. Average two books/week.

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    "Another JLB Winner"

    Every Burke story & narration is great prose and spoken (whether by Hammer or Will Patton) in a truly believable dialect.

    Most of my favorite authors deliver reliably solid stories but none as consistently as James Lee Burke. OK, maybe CJ Box and Baldacci are as solid too.

    Buy it - Listen - Enjoy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ronin Orlando 04-08-15
    Ronin Orlando 04-08-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Good story and interesting characters"

    I'm getting comfortable with Mark Hammer finally. Will Patton spoiled me. This is one of the better Burke works. Just the right amount of Clete Purcell also. Love that character.

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    M. Giorgi Trenton, NJ 02-13-15
    M. Giorgi Trenton, NJ 02-13-15 Member Since 2013

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    What made the experience of listening to A Stained White Radiance the most enjoyable?

    I like the interaction between Dave and his daughter. He's such a nice guy and tough cop. His patience with his sick wife is refreshing.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I got a bit confused at the end so I think this one is a definite re-listen. Not my favorite storyline. I found it a little difficult to concentrate on the story. Not sure why unless I just missed something in the beginning and can't make the pieces fit.


    What about Mark Hammer’s performance did you like?

    Good pace, great dialects, great rhythm to his story telling. I just think maybe the story was a bit lacking. Still it's worth the listen.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Because of the length it was difficult but did finish in two days.


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