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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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    Vivian 07-21-10
    Vivian 07-21-10
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    "Tears"

    Burke and Patton. It will never get better than this duo. The music was wonderful, the story was art, and Will Patton has the heart of an old storyteller.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Ken M. 07-17-10
    Ken M. 07-17-10 Listener Since 2006
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    "Six Stares"

    I've read or Listened to all 18 of Burke's Dave Robicheaux novels. Most are 5 star novels, but GLASS WINDOW in my opinion was his BEST.
    Mr. Burke waiting for # 19????

    Ken

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Helen Bozeman, United States Minor Outlying Islands 07-28-10
    Helen Bozeman, United States Minor Outlying Islands 07-28-10
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    "WOW again"

    This is again a powerful story about LA., and gets you in the heart, just love his prose.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    B. brown 07-14-10
    B. brown 07-14-10 Member Since 2014

    moemoe

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    "Great as always"

    Burke's writing combined with Patton's narration makes for a great audiobook....as always when Burke and Patton team up.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Kari Chicago, IL, United States 12-02-11
    Kari Chicago, IL, United States 12-02-11 Member Since 2013
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    "If you're in this for the plot- KEEP MOVING!"
    What disappointed you about The Glass Rainbow?

    The description of this book has all the elements that I typically like in a novel- danger, murder, mystery... how unfortunate that the actual story line barely touches on the description that you're given when you hit the 'purchase' button! This book meanders on, coming back to the 'plot' every once in awhile, and feels more like reflections on Robicheaux's family, his friend Purcel's dramas... towards the end you find yourself in what feels like a completely different story line. I'm honestly surprised at all the positive reviews of this book...I assume many are from long-time fans of the Robicheaux series (this is the 18th book). A review that I read described this book as


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Hunger Games.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was pretty good... my only complaint was that all the female characters sounded the same, and his voice conveyed no personality when narrating their parts, which made them all seem dull.


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

    When the author did get back to the plot I was interested, but by the time he did I was so lost in all the 'excess' that it really didn't matter in the end.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're not already a Robicheaux fan... just keep it moving.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chapel Hillian 10-02-10 Member Since 2014
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    "another fine Robicheaux story"

    I like this series, and this one is good, but I did get a little impatient toward the middle when the story drags and some of the dialog is repetitive. And after having listened to several Burke novels, the portrayal of Molly is just a little too perfect. But he is a fine storyteller and some of his descriptions leave me smiling and replaying to hear them again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bee Keeper OGDEN, UT, United States 09-18-10
    Bee Keeper OGDEN, UT, United States 09-18-10 Member Since 2015

    Original Audible member since before the Amazon buyout, and that is ok with me. I enjoy all things Amazon. Audio books make the day fly by.

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    "Perfect Word Pictures & Story. Do This Book!!"

    This was my first JLB novel if you can believe that. I was thirsting for a new author having had some recent disappointments. I struck pure, sparkling clear water with Rainbow, and have 2 more Dave Robicheaux episodes in the cart. I appreciate the reviews here, both good and bad, but I am now more than willing to explore for myself.

    I am older and wiser at this time in my life. I have stories of my own to tell, and I love a good story. I am not a finicky reader, being pretty easy to entertain. That said, "Rainbow" did entertain better than Bourbon Street on a Saturday night! I love New Orleans! Our last trip there was 2003 and we had such a good time. JLB painted perfect word pictures bringing back some favorite memories of rub boards, Bayou Teche and crawfish etouffee. Some not so good memories were also brought back by JLB's short soirees into the Vietnam debacle. In 1966, I was an Army aviator in country for 13 months in III Corps. The author handled this sidebar in Robicheaux's life perfectly, neither preaching nor giving it too much ink. The effect of combat on ones physique was nevertheless illuminated in a clear manor.

    I have a daughter who was a Navy Combat Field Medic during Desert Storm. Robicheaux's relationship with his daughter Alafair (what a great name) was so poignant yet painted beautifully as intellectual equals. Again, such good memories brought back of my little girl growing up too fast. Father and daughter as developed by JLB will take you on a thrilling swamp boat ride into a most unusual relationship.

    The bad guys were very bad, and the good guys were human . . . imperfect but engaging. And Clete Purcel, everyone should have a comrade like Clete. Listeners will love getting to know Clete! I was a little worried about the inclusion of spectres as I am not a fan of the supernatural. Once again, JLB was perfect with this part of the story. The ending was phenomenal. It was so believable and moving! 7 stars! A winner!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Krasner 08-07-10 Member Since 2015

    I like books that have interesting characters and easy to follow plots. For example, Cormoran Strike, is a great character for me.

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    "James Lee Burke should win the National Book Award"

    James Lee Burke is the best writer in the US, period. He gets no respect because of his genre. But listening to him is as close to literary heaven as one can get. Every book he has written is great and I wish Audible would publish all of his books so I can listen to every one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ronda Snyder 08-01-10
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    "His best yet..."

    The Glass Rainbow has everything you come to expect from a Dave Robicheaux novel. The inner turmoil of Clete and Dave as they work together to solve the brutal murders, the steady hand of Dave's wife keeping him grounded and of course the twists and turns of who committed the murders. Absolutely his best yet !!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jeri Rocky Point, NC, United States 07-20-10
    Jeri Rocky Point, NC, United States 07-20-10 Member Since 2008
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    "I agree, 6 STARS"

    I've loved them all, Will Patton is a terrific narrator and should actually play the part of Dave if they ever make another movie, can't wait for the next one Mr. Burke, get busy...
    J

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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