"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
I know I should wait until I am finished listening to the book but I am 3/4 of the way through the second part and ready to just give up. Only with Will Patton narrating was I able to even get this far. This story just rambles on and on and on and most of the things the characters are doing are just simply stupid at best! The story line is absurb. Save your money.
Can we just have Will Patton read all audiobooks? Please? He's flat-out the best. The book itself is terrific as well. Love the Dave Robicheaux series. If you haven't tried them, start with the first one and enjoy.
Will Patton so perfectly voices the characters in this novel you can see them like a hologram in the air before you.
Loved to see Wyatt Dixon make a return and Will Patton voices him beautifully.
Yes, definitely made me sit in the car long after I had reached my destinations just to finish listening.
Loved the blending in this novel of Dave Robicheau into Holland territory.
I love JLB. His detail and descriptive writing methods capture every possible detail. I felt this book had just to many side stories making the novel longer than I like. That being said it was another entertaining adventure with many twist and turn in a fight for food over evil.
James Lee Burke spins yet another gripping Dave Robicheaux novel, with more than the usual number of interesting sub-plots. Clete Purcell's daughter plays a fairly large role in this book and I look forward to reading more about her in future Robicheaux stories. If you're a James Lee Burke and/or Dave Robicheaux fan you won't want to miss this latest installment. And Will Patton... what can I say. I could listen to him read the phone book. He was wonderful as always -- I can't imagine a Dave Robicheaux book read by anyone else.
James Lee Burke has put together another masterpiece that details the actions of two New Orleans detectives, out of their native element in Montana, who track down an evil mastermind who kidnaps, tortures and murders children. The plot structure, description and characterizations are all done well and make the novel interesting from beginning to end. I highly recommend this novel. Will Patton has the perfect voice for this work.
Really no opinion since I have not read the print version.
Clete Purcell continues to be one of my favorite characters in the series. While a man of many weaknesses, Clete's loyalty and sense of fair play always shine through.
Patton does an excellent job of narrating the complex environment that Burke creates with his Dave Robicheaux series. The philosophical prose gets thick at times and while Burke's obvious left leaning perspective grates on the mind at bit, it does not take too much away from the enjoyment of the story.
While there was not a single aha moment, I thought it entertaining how the character of Dixon started out being a potential villain, but eventually turned into an anti-hero of sorts.
I have been a Dave Robicheaux fan for over 25 years and really enjoy the series. Dave has had a very complex and tough life through the years and Burke has done an exceptional job of telling his story. The only downside is it does get morose at times and Burke does tend to dwell a little too heavily into psychology rather than strong story telling.
Love listening to audio books. Love riding my mountain bike in Boise, Idaho.
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I like Cleet, and love Gretchen, but Robicheaux is the man. He is the anchor that keeps the other 2 from spinning out of control.
Too many to say. Almost every scene has you sitting there wondering what will happen next, and when it does, it blows you away. Do not try to listen to this book while trying to accomplish anything else.
This book left my head spinning. Just....Wow.
To me, Will Patton IS Dave Robicheaux. Because of his acting, its impossible for me to picture anyone else as one of the most interesting characters in any audio book series.
Like Joe Pike, and Detective Pendergast, I find myself wishing I could hang out with these guys and get to know them better.
I plan on reading more Dave Robicheaux novels very soon. This was an audio book and anything narrated by Will Patton is worth reading. He is fantastic at his job.
James Lee Burke, thanks for a wonderful book. The crazy times just added to the story.
Absolutely,Will Patton makes the Burke characters come alive.
Several of the Earlier books were similarly as good.
Yje best narrator in the business.
I would have if I could have but it is a lengthy book.
James Lee Burke's Characters and story lines keep getting better and better. I true master of the novel and totally unlike James Patterson who seems to deliver multiple books every year which he either writes or puts his name on to get published that are mostly total crap.
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