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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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    marshall bowling green, KY, United States 04-20-13
    marshall bowling green, KY, United States 04-20-13 Member Since 2010
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    James Lee Burke is an amazing talent. Will Patton is one of my favorite narrators. but this will be the last Burke novel i buy. i am just sick to death of the left wing politics. i can get this progressive drivel anytime i want on MSNBC.

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    Avedis 03-23-11
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    "WILL PATTON *******"

    Burke is a great writer, but Will Patton.... In my humble opinion, by far the best narrator on audible(or anywhere else for that matter). the story is another great one from Burke. Love the Dave Robicheaux series, and this one doesn't dissapoint. Keep 'em coming. :)

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    Gail El Cajon, CA, United States 03-19-11
    Gail El Cajon, CA, United States 03-19-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Worth the credit!"

    This was my first Dave Robicheaux novel and will not be my last. You will also enjoy the narration of Will Patton. If a your a Jack Reacher fan, these novels will be right up your alley.

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    Blandina 02-02-11
    Blandina 02-02-11
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    "oh well, no one is perfect"

    It is likely I have read or listened to all of Burke's books. In my opinion this is not his finest moment, but still better than many other in the genre. It would not deter me from reading another.

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    Tundrabeast Grand Forks, ND United States 01-29-11
    Tundrabeast Grand Forks, ND United States 01-29-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Gumbo Combo"

    Burkes books work so well on Audio because he's a good writer and Will Patton reads with a Cajun accent that makes you feel like you're right there in Louisanna with the action. Once in a while the author gets a little long winded when he ponders some situations, but generally that not too big of a distraction. All in all this is a pretty good dective mystery that will keep you guessing what the actual motive for the killings were throughout the book. A good listen going down the road.

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    Allison Brooklyn, NY, United States 12-06-10
    Allison Brooklyn, NY, United States 12-06-10 Member Since 2008
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    "More Please..."

    I have listened to all of the Dave Robicheaux books and anticipate each new release with excitement and a little concern that Will Patton won't be the narrator! This is probably the only series of mystery/police novels which have gripping plots, engaging characters and amazing writing. The author does not condescend to the readers which is surprisingly rare, especially in mysteries. I loved this one. It's the full package. It is amazing to me how well Mr. Burke writes women. There is a passage in this book describing how a woman coming of age feels about her own emerging sexuality which is stunning in both its insight and its beauty. Will Patton narrates in such a way that he disappears into the characters. You actually feel that you are listening to multiple characters but the transitions are so smooth that it actually sounds natural. So much better than actually having multiple narrators performing dialog (which I absolutely hate). I hope that there are many more to come from the Burk/Patton duo.

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    Tim United States 10-25-10
    Tim United States 10-25-10 Member Since 2011

    Putting books on the back burner.

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    I don't remember what was this book about. I read it, but I can't recall the plot or any of the characters. Maybe because it wasn't that good or just whatever. .

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    Vickie Chattanooga, TN, United States 10-17-10
    Vickie Chattanooga, TN, United States 10-17-10
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    "Prose vs. story line"

    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...

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    Ann B. Varnot Brooklyn, NY 08-18-10
    Ann B. Varnot Brooklyn, NY 08-18-10 Listener Since 2009

    annie varnot

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    "Hard time listening to this book"

    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.

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    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.

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