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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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    carl gothenburg, Sweden 07-31-13
    carl gothenburg, Sweden 07-31-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Top 3 dave robicheux"
    What did you love best about Light of the World?

    I really liked this book , tension was high all through it and you really feel yourself transported to Montana.


    What other book might you compare Light of the World to and why?

    Just as good as Pegasus decending and tin roof blowdown , but it has a different feel to it


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

    Will Patton is amazing as usual.


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

    I could not stop listening , it only took me 2 days to get through it .


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark DIAMONDHEAD, MS, United States 07-30-13
    Mark DIAMONDHEAD, MS, United States 07-30-13 Member Since 2006

    My name is Mark and I love Audible!!

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    "The best yet!"
    Would you listen to Light of the World again? Why?

    James Lee Burke is the best writer of American fiction in the country today. No one strikes a better prose. The only thing that I can comment on is that I have to wait another year or so until the next Dave Robicheaux novel. If your a fan of the series make sure to add this one, if this is your first exposure to the series you can start with this one. Thanks Mr. Burke!!!!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Couldnt stop listening to this book. Not knowing if Alafair would wind up in Asa's clutches was keeping me on edge!


    Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favorite?

    As always Clete Purcel is my favorite character. Will Patton is the best in the biz today. He bring's Clete to life!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Good vs evil, the light vs the dark, finally Dave and Clete meet a true modern master of evil!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paul New York, NY, United States 07-30-13
    Paul New York, NY, United States 07-30-13 Member Since 2007

    Guitarist with The Prudes

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    "Still wonderful"

    Another great adventure, the kids are nearly as badass as the parents now. I look forward to the next installment. I hope we get back to New Orleans and more sedate cerebral mystery.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine J. Pondozzi Laurel, Maryland 07-29-13
    Catherine J. Pondozzi Laurel, Maryland 07-29-13 Member Since 2012

    I am someone who enjoys audible books very much now that they exist. As a young student (real young) I can remember a teacher telling me how books can transport people to different places & open up a whole new world. This is how listening to audible books make me feel. Now if I can just stop falling asleep while listening to them at night I would be fine. Ha ha

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    "Great Book!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely without hesitation


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Light of the World?

    The whole book from beginning to end was interesting, intriguing, fast paced, mysterious, & a few dozen other good words.


    Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favorite?

    All of them!!!!!!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No but I stayed with it until it was done. That made me feel lkie a rodeo rider.


    Any additional comments?

    Man what a book!!! I even looked up the author & narrator on the Internet to see what they looked like & that was fun.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James Hoholulu, HI USA 07-25-13
    James Hoholulu, HI USA 07-25-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Another Great Robicheaux Novel"
    What did you love best about Light of the World?

    Narration, excellent discriptive prose, story, characters, management of suspense. Always holds attention. As usual, this narrator is excellent.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Light of the World?

    Hart to say. All good.


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

    Yes. All Will Patton's performance have been excellent on the Dave Robicheaux novels.


    Any additional comments?

    Reissue some of the early novels narrated by other than Patton -- and reissue with Patton as narrator. You will sell a lot of the old novels. The narrator makes a huge, huge difference.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    reasonable critic United States 07-26-13
    reasonable critic United States 07-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "ANOTHER CLASSIC!"

    James Lee Burke and Will Patton combine their incredible talents to once again deliver a story of timeless passion, wisdom, and the struggle of good vs. evil. While not the best of the Robicheaux novels, this book is still a masterpiece. James Lee Burke is the best American novelist alive today and Will Patton is a star performer. Buy the book. Download the audio.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    charles o. peed winston salem, NC United States 12-31-13
    charles o. peed winston salem, NC United States 12-31-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Never Again"
    What would have made Light of the World better?

    Had the characters not stayed mad at themselves and each other, all the time, not engaged in self absorbed internal metaphysical dialogue. persistent misunderstanding of each other, saying stuff lke "I think you're a nice person", the book would have been better.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    anthing else.


    What didn’t you like about Will Patton’s performance?

    amazing and over done.


    What character would you cut from Light of the World?

    I am tired of all of them.


    Any additional comments?

    Every time I listen to one of these, I swear never again. This time I mean it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Portland, OR, United States 08-05-13
    Karen Portland, OR, United States 08-05-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Sorry, JLB, not my favorite Robicheaux"

    I agree that JLB is probably the best American fiction writer alive today. And after I read Creole Belle, the book that preceded this one, I did not think that the series could get any better. Unfortunately, for me, it didn't.

    While listening to an audio book, I find it difficult to separate the writing from the narrator. Will Patton is one of my favorite narrators, and I just finished his masterful performance of Alas, Babylon. So I was surprised to find (as other reviewers have mentioned) that his performance in this book is somewhat lackluster. I agree that his rendering of Gretchen is so poor as to be distracting. And he seems to lose his place from time to time, carrying over in one character's voice into another's, or the narration. I was tempted to simply give up and purchase the print version, and I probably eventually will.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Edgar Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 08-03-13
    Edgar Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 08-03-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Outstanding text and narration."
    Where does Light of the World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 5%.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. The story-telling is linear without many flashbacks, and there is an incredible array of richly-drawn characters. Halfway through the book my mind is exploding with various threads, leading towards the whole cloth.


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

    As other reviewers have said, Will Patton IS Dave Robicheaux. He's one of the very best narrators in the business. Offhand I can't think of anyone better.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    No idea. I'm not very good at this sort of thing.


    Any additional comments?

    I don’t write reviews often, and only if the book is remarkable in some special way. “Light Of The World” is one such book. Over the last three years I have bought over 300 books from Audible, so I have a reasonably wide experience of writers and narrators.

    James Lee Burke is one of my favorite authors, and I have listened to all of his available audiobooks, twice and occasionally three times to each of the previous Dave Robicheaux novels. I am only hallway through this latest one but I definitely rate it as one of the best – and offhand I can’t think of another that stands out equally well. They are all outstanding but this one is special: a wonderful sense of place, rich character descriptions and a taut, complex and detailed plot.

    The other standout is the narration by Will Patton. Suffice it to say that, among the literally hundreds of narrators I’ve had the pleasure of listening to, Will Patton is the best.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Peevey Carlsbad, CA, US 08-02-13
    Jim Peevey Carlsbad, CA, US 08-02-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Heavy"

    I love JLB's writing and the Dave Robicheaux series. The Light of the World seemed heavier to me than past Robicheaux books and I had to stop listening at certain times. Overall book and story line excellent. Will Patton is my favorite narrator of all time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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