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Light of the World: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 20 | [James Lee Burke]

Light of the World: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 20

In Light of the World, sadist and serial killer Asa Surrette narrowly escaped the death penalty for the string of heinous murders. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

"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

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    Perry A. Gallagher 03-18-15 Member Since 2004
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    "My new favorite by James Lee Burke!!"

    I was hooked from the beginning.. A truly riveting story!! Will Patton just gets better and better!!

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    Elizabeth Muir-Chamberlain 03-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Another Outstanding Book by James Lee Burke."

    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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    tonie 02-12-15
    tonie 02-12-15 Member Since 2013
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    "My favorite thus far"

    I've read it and listened to it twice, that should be review enough!
    Extremely entertaining, and I'm in love with the characters

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    Tim Coley 01-25-15
    Tim Coley 01-25-15 Member Since 2012
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    "politically rampant"

    This novel seems more like a vehicle for pushing a leftist mentality. It seeks to promote class warfare, and vilifies prosperity.

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    AG2GROWN 01-16-15
    AG2GROWN 01-16-15 Member Since 2008
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    "This book was a blast"

    I love Dave Robichaux and Cleat Parnell. And with the expanded contributions of Ellafair and Gretchen the story really held me attention. All the characters well-developed and right away I cared about them.

    And of course will Patton is Dave
    Robichaux and a whole cast

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    nitasue11 Minneapolis, MN 01-14-15
    nitasue11 Minneapolis, MN 01-14-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Another exciting adventure for Dave and Clete"

    Great story and loved that Wyatt Dixon joined the story he is such an interesting character. Will Patton's narration really brings the characters alive.

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    "The end of the Robicheaux for me..."
    What would have made Light of the World better?

    Ending the series on this book.


    What was most disappointing about James Lee Burke’s story?

    His relentless dedication to the downtrodden


    What does Will Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great vocal diversification


    Any additional comments?

    Finished with this series

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    Gene Shawnee Mission, KS, United States 11-06-14
    Gene Shawnee Mission, KS, United States 11-06-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Captive to the Hollywood Code"
    Would you try another book from James Lee Burke and/or Will Patton?

    yes


    What was most disappointing about James Lee Burke’s story?

    political correctness


    What does Will Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Will Patton is the best there is at the linguistics of southern and rural tough guys.


    What character would you cut from Light of the World?

    The motion picture industry.


    Any additional comments?

    I used to enjoy Robicheaux novels. Sure they're simple Punch and Judy morality tails, with the upright but imperfect detective against a slew of the misshapen underbelly of the criminal class with a few corrupt elite cherries on top. But there's a angst-ridden teasing out of the tangled morality as Dave punches his way through his adventures. And always the language is rich and lyrical without being even slightly obscure. And then there's what the series has become with this. Burke panders so obsequiously to the political messaging of the entertainment industry that it's hard to stomach. No derriere left unkissed among the greenlight crowd. I wish he was writing for the readers who buy his books instead of movie executives who may never give him another dime.

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    Darron D. Russ POWDER SPRINGS, GA, US 09-25-14
    Darron D. Russ POWDER SPRINGS, GA, US 09-25-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Daves and Clete are old but Clete still kicks ass"
    What did you love best about Light of the World?

    The Bobsy Twins from homicide still rock n roll


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The story development on this one was weak. Dave n Clete are on vacation in Montana blah blah blah, halfway through the book they finally get around to getting involved in the plot. This one was unnecessarily slow.


    Have you listened to any of Will Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Will is great, good match to Burkes novels


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I though for a second that Burke was going to kill Cletus off. Just for a moment though


    Any additional comments?

    If I had listened to this novel before all the others I would not have liked it. But after listening to every other novel I feel like Dave n Clete are old friends.

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    Alexandra 09-07-14
    Alexandra 09-07-14
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    "Another great book - welll written, well read"

    I am really hooked on the Dave Robicheaux novels after listening to just one! James Lee Burke really captures the psychology of the different characters so that you understand what drives them, and he writes a very well paced thriller. You come to know and identify with Dave and Clete - the bobsy twins from homicide! And Will Patton reads the parts so well that the book comes alive! If you have not read any of the Dave Robicheax books, you should give this a try - you will become a fan!

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