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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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    Chris Seattle, WA, United States 08-12-13
    Chris Seattle, WA, United States 08-12-13
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    "Its probably just me."
    What did you like best about Light of the World? What did you like least?

    Will Pattons reading was perfect for a Robicheaux story.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The setting in Montana


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

    no


    Could you see Light of the World being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes. Too hard to cast


    Any additional comments?

    I think it is changes in my life and my age that may have tainted this Burke story. I found the characters too cryptic and odd and there did not seem to be even one character who wasn't overly odd or dark. The story seemed lacking in any police procedural aspects compared to previous Burke books. Certainly a classic Burke/Robicheaux but was a downer for me.

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    Charles Bainbridge Island, WA, United States 08-12-13
    Charles Bainbridge Island, WA, United States 08-12-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Ambiviolence, or the Bobbsey Twins Letdown"

    I've read/listened to every Burke/Robischeaux/Patton effort and am not quite finished with this one so maybe I should wait to write this, but a few things stand out. I know that all the books are violent but I got through that because the writing and description is so extraordinary that it didn't matter so much, but it seems a bit more acute here. I'd have to go back and listen again to some of the others for a comparison, but I find the brutality in this book unsettling when before it took a back seat.
    The second problem for me is Will Patton. He's a great narrator, and his voices for Dave and Clete (especially) are spot on. Except his voicing of the women here doesn't quite work. He pushes into the higher register for Gretchen and Alafair and it sounds like a falsetto. Both women, in "real life" would have strong voices. Again, I need to go back and compare it to what he's done before, but here the high pitch is irritating.
    The writing is still first rate. Burke could tell the same story in half the pages but his tendency to describe people and places and smells and light lifts up the whole experience. This is still true here, but I'd still be happy with less descriptions of the blood and stuff.
    As I said I've read them all and enjoyed some more than others (faves are "Jolie Blon's Bounce," "Tin Roof Blowdown" and "Creole Belle"). Neil Young characterizes his output as "It's all one song." Burke has that characteristic too, there is a unifying theme and feeling that lifts all of his books to a remarkable level. Neil has a greater quality variance quotient than Burke, but neither is consistently great.
    Writing one really good book let alone 20 is a tremendous feat so I feel a bit churlish about this note. On the other hand, this is not the best of the Burke/Robischeaux/Patton series. Those already on the train will dig this but newbies should start elsewhere.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    deb Cave Creek, AZ, United States 08-11-13
    deb Cave Creek, AZ, United States 08-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "The Best Yet"
    If you could sum up Light of the World in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, riveting beautifully written.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gretchen is relentless and strong.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final scene with Dave and Cletus.


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

    My fear that Cletus would actually die.


    Any additional comments?

    This was one of my favorites because the writing was so beautifully eloquent but he didn't get too verbose and become irritating!

    And, of course, Will Patton ads an enticing flavor with his gift.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    El Pea Hobbs,NM, USA 08-08-13
    El Pea Hobbs,NM, USA 08-08-13 Member Since 2010
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    "I love James LIte Burke."
    Would you listen to Light of the World again? Why?

    Yes, you can always appreciate something else in a reread of JLB books.


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

    I love when Molly becomes vocal about a situation. It doesn't happen often, but she is strong. I loved all the characters being in this book.


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    For me, there is no other narrator who could read a "Dave and Clete" book. He is the only one.


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

    This one has it all!


    Any additional comments?

    Love it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Rishel REDDING, CA, US 08-06-13
    Andrea Rishel REDDING, CA, US 08-06-13
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    "could listen over and over again!"
    What made the experience of listening to Light of the World the most enjoyable?

    Burke's poetic writing and Patton's perfect reading. A true listening marriage made in heaven!


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

    Yes. I don't want to give anything away...


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    He's perfect. I can't imagine listening to anyone else read James Lee Burke.


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

    Yes. Fell asleep to it night after night because I couldn't put it away.


    Any additional comments?

    If you love audible books, don't pass this one up. It will transport you (like all great books do) into another world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Gulfport, FL, United States 08-06-13
    Alan Gulfport, FL, United States 08-06-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Good as always"
    Would you listen to Light of the World again? Why?

    Yes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dave Robicheaux


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

    Dave Robicheaux


    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly enjoy the Burke method of character development and story. This book was superb.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leonard Cincinnati, OH, United States 08-03-13
    Leonard Cincinnati, OH, United States 08-03-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Not my favorite, but that's OK."
    Where does Light of the World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not in my top 20. Will Patton's "Gretchen" voice was a tad annoying. I am a will Patton fan but I feel he sort of mailed this one in.Asa and the surrogate baddies were paper cut outs. The bear trap was, however, inspired genius.


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    I really enjoy Will Patton. I just didn't think this was one of his best efforts.


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

    No, it was way to long to read in one stretch.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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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    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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