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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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    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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    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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    Sandra MANCHESTER, TN, United States 08-02-13
    Sandra MANCHESTER, TN, United States 08-02-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Dave and Clete are at their best, never dull"
    If you could sum up Light of the World in three words, what would they be?

    Twisted, provocative, Redeeming


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Clete, I love Dave and without him their would be no sanity, but Clete is so raw and honest and the balance that keeps the story real. I would love to see this book made into a movie and find out who would be cast as Clete.


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

    Will Patton has the ability to be so many characters. I wish that all the Dave Robicheaux novels were narrated by Will. There are books in the series that I can't listen to because of the narrator. Will has a clear voice with just the right accents. He varies his voice for the individual characters and paints such a picture that I can see the landscape and people as if I was there.


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

    Evil wins....or does it?


    Any additional comments?

    I cant wait for the next book, I know it takes Burke a long time to write one novel and me only days to swallow it up barely digesting it before I am ready for the next.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    BrieLena Portland, Oregon USA 03-27-14
    BrieLena Portland, Oregon USA 03-27-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Nasty to women, beautifully read!"
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    Maybe for the next 50 years books and movies about violence toward women should
    be outlawed and only women doing violence to men should be written. This book is
    absolutely disgusting. I'm a trauma nurse and you just don't get it!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry L. Wright Flower Mound, TX United States 08-05-13
    Sherry L. Wright Flower Mound, TX United States 08-05-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Extremely Hard to Listen to...."

    I've really enjoyed all the past Dave Robicheaux books but have had the hardest time listening to this one. Very hard to hold my attention and extremely hard to stop myself from constantly rolling my eyes at some of the horrible dialogue - seriously, people do not talk this way to each other - I don't care where you're from or where you're at - the constant smart @$$ repartee gets really old when piled on so constantly. Also - some of the little details thrown in for what? gross out factor? not at all sure "popped a pimple on his shoulder and wiped it on his pants" why? Burke, you're better than this.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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