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Light of the World | [James Lee Burke]

Light of the World

Detective Dave Robicheaux, his wife Molly and daughter Alafair are vacationing in Montana. But evil, it seems, has followed them into this wild paradise. Someone is stalking Alafair, and Dave begins to suspect that it's a convicted serial killer she interviewed two years ago - even though he’s supposed to be dead. Is Alafair the target of a depraved serial killer, or has she unwittingly crossed paths with a murderous psychopath closer to home?
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Publisher's Summary

Detective Dave Robicheaux, his wife Molly and daughter Alafair are vacationing in Montana. But evil, it seems, has followed them into this wild paradise.

Someone is stalking Alafair, and Dave begins to suspect that it's a convicted serial killer she interviewed two years ago - even though he’s supposed to be dead.

Is Alafair the target of a depraved serial killer, or has she unwittingly crossed paths with a murderous psychopath closer to home?

©2013 James Lee Burke (P)2013 imon & Schuster

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"James Lee Burke continues to astonish" (The Times)

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    hellkatjen London 07-08-14
    hellkatjen London 07-08-14
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    "Burke takes it to the Big Sky"
    What did you love best about Light of the World?

    I was a little worried that leaving New Iberia would be out of my comfort zone. I like the whole "live oaks and moss" thing, its very VERY evocative. But bringing the characters out to a wide open spaces environment worked really well. I could easily see them in this environment as I could in their natural setting.


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

    The author's skill is in giving you just enough mischief for the characters to get into, and then taking you off to see what had happened to another character who was also getting into mischief. Its too tempting to jump from place to place to make sure your favourite character isn't coming too unstuck. But happily, the pleasure of finding another character wading recklessly into another mess of trouble elsewhere always keeps you interested.


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

    His accent is just *awesome*. It enhances the glory of the author's writing ... like a boss. And his characterisation is perfect. I was very quickly able to determine which character was speaking.


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

    The Bobbsey Twins take on The Big Sky.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd not "met" Gretchen before. Love her!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mick Beaumaris, Australia 02-24-14
    Mick Beaumaris, Australia 02-24-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Time's up Mr. Burke"

    This was the 11th Audiobook of JLB's that I have listened to. I love the series and remain a fan, even after this. It seems to me that the author had two half-finished books and combined them in a hap-hazard fashion. Characters are not properly described or developed and the story is just plain silly. I hope he retires before he further taints his otherwise magnificent legacy

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  • Bill
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    1/20/14
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    "Masterful story and narration"

    Once again an absolute sublime story and narration. James Lee Burke is a genius. I want to go to New Iberia and Montana. Flights are cheap at the moment. Could you please acquire the rights for the rest of jlbs books please.
    Overall just delicious

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. S. THOMJAS
    7/7/15
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    "Dreadful book"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    An insomniac. So boring but great for sleepless nights. Unfortunately this did mean that it took a long time to get through as I set the sleep timer for 15 minutes but was bored to sleep in less than 10.


    What could James Lee Burke have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I enjoy a good, long story - this story was long but certainly not good with very two dimensional characters.


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

    Boring, flat tone, really dragged the whole thing out. I particularly hated his reading of Gretchen.


    What character would you cut from Light of the World?

    Hmm, such a lot of choice but probably the totally unbelievable Clete.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first purchase of a James Lee Burke audio book and it will definitely be my last. I continued to listen in the hope that it would improve, but it didn't. A really bad purchase.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S
    3/1/15
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    "Excellent!"
    What does Will Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Will Paton's accents are brilliant. He brings each character to life and while at first the local dialects can sometimes be a bit tricky to understand for us Brits, you soon get used to it.


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

    This was one of those books that I could not wait to get back in the car and carry on listening to. If there was one criticism, it would be that it was a little too long and some scenes did not add much to the plot.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first James Lee Burke novel and he is so descriptive, you feel like you are stood next to the characters in Montana as it is happening. He also has a very dry sense of humor with some excellent "one liners". I now intend to buy the full " Dave Robicheaux" series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    12/16/14
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    "TORTURE!"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one in their right mind


    What could James Lee Burke have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Never started writing


    Would you be willing to try another one of Will Patton’s performances?

    NEVER


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    none


    Any additional comments?

    Please, please do not put yourself through this appalling book. I got this 'free' with another book and I still feel like I'm owed money....

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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