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The Glass Rainbow: A Dave Robicheaux Novel | [James Lee Burke]

The Glass Rainbow: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

Why we think it’s a great listen: When it comes to author/narrator pairings, nobody tops James Lee Burke and Will Patton in the Robicheaux thrillers. Beloved Burke hero Detective Dave Robicheaux here returns to New Iberia to solve a series of grisly murders. Seven young women in neighboring Jefferson Davis Parish have been brutally murdered. While the crimes have all the telltale signs of a serial killer, the death of Bernadette Latiolais, a high-school honor student, doesn’t fit.
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Publisher's Summary

James Lee Burke’s eagerly awaited new novel finds Detective Dave Robicheaux back in New Iberia, Louisiana, and embroiled in the most harrowing and dangerous case of his career. Seven young women in neighboring Jefferson Davis Parish have been brutally murdered. While the crimes have all the telltale signs of a serial killer, the death of Bernadette Latiolais, a high-school honor student, doesn’t fit: she is not the kind of hapless and marginalized victim psychopaths usually prey upon. Robicheaux and his best friend, Clete Purcel, confront Herman Stanga, a notorious pimp and crack dealer whom both men despise. When Stanga turns up dead shortly after a fierce beating by Purcel, in front of numerous witnesses, the case takes a nasty turn, and Clete’s career and life are hanging by threads over the abyss.

Adding to Robicheaux’s troubles is the matter of his daughter, Alafair, on leave from Stanford Law to put the finishing touches on her novel. Her literary pursuit has led her into the arms of Kermit Abelard, celebrated novelist and scion of a once prominent Louisiana family whose fortunes are slowly sinking into the corruption of Louisiana’s subculture. Abelard’s association with best-selling ex-convict author Robert Weingart, a man who uses and discards people like Kleenex, causes Robicheaux to fear that Alafair might be destroyed by the man she loves. As his daughter seems to drift away from him, he wonders if he has become a victim of his own paranoia. But as usual, Robicheaux’s instincts are proven correct and he finds himself dealing with a level of evil that is greater than any enemy he has confronted in the past.

Set against the backdrop of an Edenic paradise threatened by pernicious forces, James Lee Burke’s The Glass Rainbow is already being hailed as perhaps the best novel in the Robicheaux series.

More mayhem? Listen to more of James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux thrillers.

©2010 James Lee Burke (P)2010 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"MWA Grand Master Burke offers everything his readers expect - brilliant prose, prosaic situations that suddenly become mystic experiences, and a complex plot that repeatedly plumbs the depths of human depravity and the heights of nobility - in his superlative 18th novel featuring Iberia, La., deputy sheriff Dave Robicheaux." (Publishers Weekly)

"[S]uperb suspense leading to a gripping, set-piece finale that is a masterpiece of texture and mood, with the high-energy climax in the foreground both contrasted against and supported by the intensely lyrical, heavily melancholic prose that swells and recedes underneath the action. Not to be missed by any follower of the landmark series." (Booklist)

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    anewlife Texas 07-30-10
    anewlife Texas 07-30-10 Member Since 2011

    Princess Meggy

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    "Great Book!"

    This was my first Burke novel and I must say it kept me hooked all the way through to the end. I would say more about the end but I don't want to ruin it for anyone. I LOVED the narration, Will Patton did an excellent job. The way the author described the locals and the landscape had me right there in Louisiana with the characters seeing it all. Very good book and worth the $$.

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    Gregory Austin, TX, United States 07-30-10
    Gregory Austin, TX, United States 07-30-10 Member Since 2005
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    "A worthy addition to the franchise"

    I have listened to 200-300 audio books and in my opinion, this is the best author/narrator combination on Audible. The Dave Robicheaux saga is just outstanding. My advice to all new listeners is to trace this series back to the beginning and ENJOY. There really is not a bad apple in the barrel.

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    Ron United States 07-26-10
    Ron United States 07-26-10 Member Since 2013

    A very busy dad and IT manager from Athens, GA. I have a long commute, and I listen to tons of audiobooks in the car and around the house.

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    "A return to form"

    This novel finds Dave back in Louisiana, and Burke back to writing like he was in his prime. The plotting and pacing are crisp, the story is exciting and well-defined. Recent novels in the series have suffered from a mushy feel, a sense that the complexities of the story and the relationships between the characters aren't well-established. The language here is sharper, less prone to falling back on trusted Burke phrases (I don't recall anything in this novel being compared to a wire, or sounding like clicking... long-time fans will know exactly what I'm talking about). It's just really quite good. I am now listening to Heaven's Prisoners again, and this novel is of comparable quality... something I haven't been able to say in a few years. Also, I really miss Mark Hammer, but Will Patton does a great job with the narration of this one.

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    Meena Newark, NJ, United States 07-26-10
    Meena Newark, NJ, United States 07-26-10 Member Since 2010
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    "A good book"

    This is a very good one. Well narrated. Thanks to Audible for having this in their store.

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    Bill San Ramon, CA, USA 07-25-10
    Bill San Ramon, CA, USA 07-25-10
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    "Outstanding"

    Thank you James Lee Burke, that was 15 hours well spent.

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    Rachel Riverdale Park, MD 07-25-10
    Rachel Riverdale Park, MD 07-25-10 Member Since 2015
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    "There is nothing better than Patton and Burke"

    I am there again. Is there anyone that can listen to Patton read Burke's latest without feeling the heat and all the emotions they thought they left behind? This story was alive and the ending was so great. Exactly right.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    W.Denis Savannah, GA, United States 07-23-10
    W.Denis Savannah, GA, United States 07-23-10
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    "Mellowdrama"

    I have enjoyed all Burke's books and Robicheaux in particular, but this one was over the top. I understand these words (perhaps can't spell them) but putting them in New Iberia, ipistomalagical,syberetic, recidivest, lunatical vacuity, come on - and then a mythological ending.

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    Janet C. Walker Summerville, SC 07-16-10
    Janet C. Walker Summerville, SC 07-16-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Dave and Clete at it again"

    I listen to Dave stories the first day they come out and the performance by Will Patton is excellent. The foreboding in this one started early and is continuous. These 2 60+ guys have about played out their string and need to shop for a rocking chair, or a Paddle Riverboat. Thanks for the good times Jim.

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    Denis Dodson 07-25-10 Member Since 2001
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    "Unbelievably good"

    Right when I think that his descriptions of textures and colors and the pacing of his conversations were getting too thick or florid I would end the chapter amazed at the genius. Mr. Burke may be best writer living. I know that sounds a little over the top, but in my opinion, this book proves it. Will Patton is, in every way the perfect reader. Mark Hammer was a hard act to top as the reader of James Lee Burke, but Mr Patton has surpassed even him.

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    LaVonne BRENTWOOD, TN, United States 01-03-14
    LaVonne BRENTWOOD, TN, United States 01-03-14 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Just the best!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Glass Rainbow to be better than the print version?

    Absolutley! Will Patton takes Burkes words and sets the scenes and characters perfectly.
    You can immerse yourself in these stories. Try to set aside time not to be interrupted when you take an audio trip with Dave and Cletes.


    What other book might you compare The Glass Rainbow to and why?

    Creole Belle. The author takes us on the hunt for the killer of a young girl.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending.


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

    Again, the ending.


    Any additional comments?

    Perfect partners.....Burke and Patton.

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