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.
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"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)
I found the prose quite insightful and inspired in places, the narrator was great, but the story lacked cohesiveness in my opinion. I know the bad guys were up to no good, but there was never anything made clear beyond some murky explanation that a lot of money would be claimed...
I have become an avid audio book listener; there are a lot of books I have loved (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, the Passage, Glass Castle, Born to Run to name a few) but this book is impossible for me to listen to because of Will Patton's deep, dry, slow voice. I can't even tell if I like the book because I can't get past the voice.
The narration was not my cup of tea so I had a hard time with this book. The plot was hard to follow and I did not enjoy this book.
In every way this latest from James Lee Burke is a fantastic work, and Will Pattons reading is top notch in which he always gives true flesh and blood to the characters, and graphically delivers the true descriptions of Burke's descriptive prose.
As a Vietnam Vet, with three tours, His portrayal of Dave and Clete are right on. I feel a true comradship with both characters. I have thouroughly enjoyed all of James Lee Burkes novels.
I absolutely LOVE James Lee Burke's work and have read every word he's written, including his short stories, and was looking forward to this book. It's the first Burke book I've listened to and Will Patton nearly ruined it for me. I lived in south Louisiana for nearly 10 years and worked out of New Iberia for four of them. NO ONE sounds like Will Patton in south Louisiana. NO ONE. His faux southern accent doesn't come close to sounding authentic and was a real distraction.
Highly improbable behavior on the part of the protagonists. The author has become totally enamored by his own command of the English language and his powers of scenic description which repeatedly interrupt the flow of the action scenes. Those inclined towards considered acts in the end act foolishly. The skilled in personal defense and the use of lethal force suddenly become clumsy and stupid. I assure you, the instincts of self-preservation learned in combat are not forgotten as one watches an expended shotgun shell roll down hill. Towards the end of the book, the editing falls apart. The central figure fires a shotgun round and jack in another shell. Then he turns too late and jacks in another - what for, it's already holding a live round. The underlying evil plot is never really fleshed out into anything significant. Oh, and after repeatedly declaring that they are now operating under a "black flag" (supposedly meaning that there are no rules and it's kill them all) they warn everybody that they are police and to throw down your weapons. BTW, a .25 caliber bullet will not penetrate a weight-lifter's body and put him down. Pistol bullets rarely put anyone down unless they are head and neck shots.
In sum, bright people doing dumb things and acting contrary to their declared intent. Watch out for them Cajun drawbridges, they keep opening all the time. SUPERB NARRATOR WASTED ON DISAPPOINTING WORK. I want my money back!
I found this book very disappointing. The plot was weak and predictable. If you enjoy an abundance of drugs, sexual innuendo and profanity embedded in every other conversation, then this is a great book for you.
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