Regular price: $28.34

Free with 30-day trial
Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

"America’s best novelist" (The Denver Post) and "the reigning champ of nostalgia noir" (The New York Times Book Review) introduces his most evil character yet in the 20th thriller in the best-selling Dave Robicheaux series.

A New York Times best-selling author many times over, James Lee Burke is a two-time Edgar Award-winner whose every book is cause for excitement, especially those in the wildly popular Dave Robicheaux series.

In Light of the World, sadist and serial killer Asa Surrette narrowly escaped the death penalty for the string of heinous murders he committed while capital punishment was outlawed in Kansas. But following a series of damning articles written by Dave Robicheaux’s daughter Alafair about possible other crimes committed by Surette, the killer escapes from a prison transport van and heads to Montana - where an unsuspecting Dave happens to have gone to take in the sweet summer air, accompanied by Alafair, his wife Molly, faithful partner Clete, and Clete’s newfound daughter, Gretchen Horowitz, whom listeners met in Burke’s most recent best seller Creole Belle.

"James Lee Burke remains the heavy weight champ," says New York Times best-seller Michael Connelly, "a great American novelist whose work...is unsurpassed." The master proves it once again with this harrowing novel that examines the nature of evil and pits Dave Robicheaux against the most diabolical villain he has ever faced.

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

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.3 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    915
  • 4 Stars
    534
  • 3 Stars
    184
  • 2 Stars
    54
  • 1 Stars
    34

Performance

  • 4.6 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    1,125
  • 4 Stars
    271
  • 3 Stars
    91
  • 2 Stars
    28
  • 1 Stars
    19

Story

  • 4.3 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    786
  • 4 Stars
    462
  • 3 Stars
    187
  • 2 Stars
    53
  • 1 Stars
    31
Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Poconos
  • pocono pines, pa United States
  • 08-13-13

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

What disappointed you about Light of the World?

I know I should wait until I am finished listening to the book but I am 3/4 of the way through the second part and ready to just give up. Only with Will Patton narrating was I able to even get this far. This story just rambles on and on and on and most of the things the characters are doing are just simply stupid at best! The story line is absurb. Save your money.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Burke and Patton are best together.

once you hear Patton so any Burke, nobody else will do. The two are lyrical.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Will Patton is the best!!!

Will Patton makes Burke's words come alive! He is simply the best!! His voice and character changes are magnificent!

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

As usual, Burke delivers literary gold.

He captures both the beauty and undeniable primal nature of mens souls. Excellence as usual.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Awesome as always..

James Lee Burke and Will Patton...a winning combination....Was immersed completely the whole time. Highly recommend.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Avoid this book - my first and last Burke novel

All books of this nature require you to suspend belief, but this is just ridiculous. Two 70+ year old guys (one is a drunk - one is recovering) who go hunting a maniac with their adult daughters in tow. They are repeatedly involved in illegal stuff with witnesses (including law enforcement, though they are never arrested. It is common knowledge that the drunk's daughter is a contract killer, yet she isn't arrested. The maniac literally smells like shit. Literally. It is comical that the author made him exude the smell of feces. The story is rambling. At one point the leader is led to believe that the maniac has paws for feet. The 70+ year old drunk PI has a tryst with a beautiful young woman. The two drunks have full on conversations during a firefight that is so far fetched it's ridiculous. Characters are introduced and eliminated without explanation (the tongeless guy Clete shoots. To boot, it is never explained why they are in Montana to begin with. I suppose they are on vacation, but the protagonist and the host of the vacation do nothing but argue with each other.

Everything about this book is so unbelievable bad, it is amazing. It was my first Burke novel. It will be my last.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Love James Lee burke

A thriller right to the end!!
Love how he writes n keeps you guessing..cant sit to red the one..

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

one of his best ever

this is a great audiobook enjoyed it from start to finish James Lee Burke is one of the greatest writers I have ever heard of and Will Patton is the best reader of audio books nobody even comes close to him he's the absolute best he has the rare ability to change his voice for each character very few narrators can do that I will listen to this audiobook over and over again it was terrific

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Hope this isn't the last we'll hear from Dave

Enjoyed it as always. Amazing how Dave and Clete hold it together despite the madness around them.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Amazing Robicheaux as usual!

Very visual and moving storyline. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Just as good as all of his work.