"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 really liked this book , tension was high all through it and you really feel yourself transported to Montana.
Just as good as Pegasus decending and tin roof blowdown , but it has a different feel to it
Will Patton is amazing as usual.
I could not stop listening , it only took me 2 days to get through it .
My name is Mark and I love Audible!!
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!!!!
Couldnt stop listening to this book. Not knowing if Alafair would wind up in Asa's clutches was keeping me on edge!
As always Clete Purcel is my favorite character. Will Patton is the best in the biz today. He bring's Clete to life!
Good vs evil, the light vs the dark, finally Dave and Clete meet a true modern master of evil!
Guitarist with The Prudes
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.
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
Absolutely without hesitation
The whole book from beginning to end was interesting, intriguing, fast paced, mysterious, & a few dozen other good words.
All of them!!!!!!
No but I stayed with it until it was done. That made me feel lkie a rodeo rider.
Man what a book!!! I even looked up the author & narrator on the Internet to see what they looked like & that was fun.
Narration, excellent discriptive prose, story, characters, management of suspense. Always holds attention. As usual, this narrator is excellent.
Hart to say. All good.
Yes. All Will Patton's performance have been excellent on the Dave Robicheaux novels.
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.
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.
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.
amazing and over done.
I am tired of all of them.
Every time I listen to one of these, I swear never again. This time I mean it.
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.
In the top 5%.
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.
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.
No idea. I'm not very good at this sort of thing.
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.
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.
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