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The Glass Rainbow Audiobook

The Glass Rainbow: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

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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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    Joanne Burlington, ON, Canada 08-21-10
    Joanne Burlington, ON, Canada 08-21-10 Member Since 2017
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    "My first James Lee Burke: I loved it!"

    I couldn't stop listening to this fantastic audiobook. Mr. Burke's prose is beautiful and Will Patton's narration is perfect. The author treats the listener as an intelligent companion: the sights, sounds and smells of Lousiana are cracklingly alive and Dave Robicheaux is wise, dark, honest and decent. The story is multi-faceted and compelling. I'm thrilled to have found such a fabulous series and highly recommend this audiobook.

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    Valery Maldonado 08-20-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Simply wonderful"

    Will Patton you rule! Mr. Burke please,
    "keepem' comin' "! I noticed one person's review complained that Mr. Patton doesn't sound like the real Louisiana. Well, I've been there and frankly if Mr. Patton read the book to us in the "real Louisiana" most of us wouldn't understand it! Thanks to him for realizing this and making the adjustment. I'm a Vietnam Combat wife, it always galls me the way I take a backseat to my husband's combat/veteran's friends. James Lee Burke always finds a way to make me understand this flaw in my marriage, thanks Mon!

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    Andrea Seattle, WA, United States 08-18-10
    Andrea Seattle, WA, United States 08-18-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Interesting story but..."

    The protaganist's penchant for soliloquy and for using four syllable words whenever possible gets old really fast. If you love Hemingway's spare style, you won't like James Lee Burke. The plot is interesting but I got really tired of our hero's philosophizing ad nauseum.

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    Chris 08-15-10
    Chris 08-15-10
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    "Contradiction"

    This audio is rated highly because of Mr. Burke's exceptional prose and Will Patton's southern narration. Without having completed listening to the book, I have determined it will be my final Burke novel. The contradiction lies in Mr Burke's painting palatable beauty along with overwhelming evil. I have read or listened to all Mr Burke's novels to date. I have reached my tolerance for depravity. I will miss the lyric beauty.

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    anita 08-14-10
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    "Great Book"

    This was a good story. Somewhat predictable but who cares, the narrator and the author were totally connected! Kept me interested from the start.

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    Dr. Dream 08-13-10
    Dr. Dream 08-13-10
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    "another winner!"

    Mr. Burke, I hope you continue this worthy series. Will Patton is THE BEST!... thank you very much.

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    Carol Greenville, SC, United States 08-13-10
    Carol Greenville, SC, United States 08-13-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Burke's best yet!"

    I've listened to them all and loved most, but something about the clarity of this one and the great humorous give and take from Cleet made this my favorite JLBurke of them all.

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    Bob V. 08-12-10
    Bob V. 08-12-10 Listener Since 2006
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    "A great combination"

    A tropical setting, lush writing and expressive reading combine to the point that one could forget he was listening to a narration and actually "see" the story unfold in his mind's eye.

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    Sunny 08-10-10
    Sunny 08-10-10 Member Since 2013
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    "OK....go for the abridged"

    I believe most these reviews are planted by the publisher. 5 stars......really? The plot becomes so poor and flawed you feel dumb just for continuing to listen. The abridged version would be entertaining, yet not waste 4 hours of your life with unnecessary twists and implausible violence. I wish I had the credit back.

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    Pat Peterborough, ON, Canada 08-09-10
    Pat Peterborough, ON, Canada 08-09-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Great read"

    I am always thrilled when this author writes a new book and eagerly await its arrival on Audible. This one was worth the wait. A compelling story line and for the first time a hint of the supernatural at least in Dave's mind. You won't be disappointed if you are a fan of James Lee Burke. Keep writing JLB!

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