"America’s best novelist" (The Denver Post) and "the reigning champ of nostalgia noir" (The New York Times Book Review) introduces his most evil character yet in the 20th thriller in the best-selling Dave Robicheaux series.
A New York Times best-selling author many times over, James Lee Burke is a two-time Edgar Award-winner whose every book is cause for excitement, especially those in the wildly popular Dave Robicheaux series.
In Light of the World, sadist and serial killer Asa Surrette narrowly escaped the death penalty for the string of heinous murders he committed while capital punishment was outlawed in Kansas. But following a series of damning articles written by Dave Robicheaux’s daughter Alafair about possible other crimes committed by Surette, the killer escapes from a prison transport van and heads to Montana - where an unsuspecting Dave happens to have gone to take in the sweet summer air, accompanied by Alafair, his wife Molly, faithful partner Clete, and Clete’s newfound daughter, Gretchen Horowitz, whom listeners met in Burke’s most recent best seller Creole Belle.
"James Lee Burke remains the heavy weight champ," says New York Times best-seller Michael Connelly, "a great American novelist whose work...is unsurpassed." The master proves it once again with this harrowing novel that examines the nature of evil and pits Dave Robicheaux against the most diabolical villain he has ever faced.
©2013 James Lee Burke (P)2013 Simon & Schuster
Unfortunately all of the Robichaux novels have become flat and predictable. Same story line, just different character names (of the bad guys). A rich snobbish elitist family, a psycho killer, good guys kidnapped and tied up, and the story ends as Dave and Clete shoot it out with the bad guy.
Will Patton is one of my favorites, he makes it bearable. But, he does not sound realistic as a female.
I really wish Burke would come up with something new for Dave and Clete. I mean, how many sociopath killers can two 70 year old ex cops encounter in one lifetime???
The narrator does an excellent job of brining the characters to life. This series is enjoyable on all levels.
I am never disappointed in Burke's books.
The characters are unforgettable. I have read them all at least once and not am listening on audible. The reader did an excellent job with the different voices
The combination of Burke's artistry with words and Patton's mastery of narration is by far the best set of audio books I have ever listened to and would venture to say will ever listen to.
Dave Robicheaux is a man's man, and draws you into every situation he encounters. A perfect lead character. However, Cletus Pursell consistently cracks me up. His perception of virtually everything is always entertaining.
Perfection! He has completely captured the true accents, inflections and attitudes of every character. I often wonder if Patton colluded with Burke to present the most accurate portrayal of how each character was to be presented. His narration flawlessly brings you right into each scene and (I'm certain) presents each scene exactly as Burke imagined it. I'm sure I would have just skimmed over a lot of the descriptive text that sets the aura of each scene, but Patton grabs your attention and imprints every minor detail, so that you feel like you are there with them.
There is - hands down - no better combination of writer and narrator that I have ever listened to. I was stationed in Louisiana for a couple of years and visited New Orleans and other locations listed in the book, and every book presented by these two immediately brings me right back there. The most enjoyable book listening experience that exists or ever will exist.
James Lee Burke has such a way with words that transports the reader/listener away from their world and into his. It's like magic. I tell people that he could be writing about a garage roof and make it sound like a lace of wonder and beauty. Another terrific story about Dave, Clete and family. Fabulous narration by Will Patton as always.
This was the 1st of his books I ever read. I was so enthralled with it I went to the beginning and got all 19 others. this was still my favorite but why it is I'm still not sure.
The prose from Mr Burke transports you to another world. He can pick you up and deposit you hook, line, & sinker into a different reality. He is a masterful story teller, perhaps the best there is.
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