"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 loved this book and didn't want it to end. But . . . .
Part of my love with Burke's series is Will Patton's voice, performance, and consistency. The book was down loaded to my Nexus 7, Kindle Fire, and laptop. The early part of the book was Will Patton; however, at some time his voice changes! Again, I tested devices and external speaker systems. My theory is the sound engineer dialed his voice down.
Were I to have read rather than listened to the book, I would have to observe that editing was needed: too many descriptions of settings, weather, and the demons of characters. Also the philosophical issues and observations of Burke were noticeable.
But . . . I didn't read - I listened (mainly in my car) and just didn't want it to end.
An avid reader who cherishes my time with a good book!
I usually prefer the print but rarely have time to read anymore so I'm pleased with the audio version.
The return of the familiar characters, their sincerity and their devotion to each other and their ideals. The story is as intimate as it is intricate. No one transports me to places and communities better than Burke.
Clete Purcell, a lovable, train wreck of man. He is a tormented soul with a heart of gold. Burke has crafted him so vividly and Will Patton brings him to life so effortlessly and so perfectly.
Burke's book engage me on all emotional levels, there is a realistic quality to his characters that really draw me in.
A new author with a good plot and more believable characters.
The plot and the characters.
He might be better than the book.
I may not have read enough to find something I like.
I live in NYC,am happily married & have always loved reading.
The return of Gretchen.
Yes, bec the two lead females are strong-willed, yet surrounded by old-fashioned, militant older males who they challenge.
Whenever Gretchen or Alafair tells somebody off and they react.
Stubborn, old-world mentality meets with modern-age morality.
The level of violence.
Not really. I was particularly disappointed given how much I have enjoyed his previous books.
This is a great mystery containing not so perfect cops, daughters trying to find their way in life, a badass cowboy, and a sadistic killer. I was wondering if not having read any previous Robicheaux books would make this difficult to enjoy but that is not the case. Whatever you need to know is in the book. Will Patton does a good job except with the female voices, they sound like goons. If you can get past that the story is quite enjoyable with a few twists and turns to throw you off just when you think you have it figured out.
Absolutely. James Lee Burke has a wonderful way of "turning a phrase". Will Patton has a wonderful way of verbally interpreting that phrase. I love following Dave Robicheaux and Cleet.
Cleet has to be my favorite. He is human in his flaws and goodness plus - he gets all the best lines.
I drive long distances frequently. The Dave Robicheaux series are perfect for those long drives. I would love to listen to the entire book at one sitting.
I wasn't sure about this when I started. Wasn't sure of the reading wasn't sure of the surroundings...Dave being out of Louisiana... but the writing was so beautiful if not a bit more brutal than previous books...
Will Patton's narration grew on me also and I ended up really liking it.
This is the first time I have listened to one of Burke's books as opposed to reading.
I loved it.
Burke is a true poet of the crime genre and a great writer...and this book is no exception!
I will now go back and read the hard copy...
Will Pattons narration and his emphasis of the prose poetry style of JLB
Unique supporting characters
He is the perfect narrator to emasize the unique style of JLB
Happy that the Bobsey Twins are still in business
I can't imagine why JLB is not in theist seller list, or readers favorite
I really enjoy the writing style of JLB, and have listened to all of the Robicheaux novels. This book is classic JLB and will not disappoint those followers of the Robicheaux/Purcell escapades. The characters are complex and the details true to form. I do enjoy the ones set in south Louisiana better (but that's just because I love that area it's rich history). Will Patton is a master narrator (as usual) and really brings all the characters to life.
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