Light of the World : Dave Robicheaux

  • by James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by Will Patton
  • Series: Dave Robicheaux
  • 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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Brilliant one trick pony

As always, JLB's writing is masterful and his characters engrossing. I have to admit, however, that I do wish he would move on to a new theme. I found myself growing impatient with the periodic disquisitions on the nature and power of evil and the impotence of our common response to it. In addition, returning to this theme, which he has mined repeatedly in the brilliant Robicheaux series, forces him to create villains who, more and more, strain credibility. The fact that this was a particularly long entry in the series did not help matters.

That said, the most satisfying part of "Light of the World" is the presence of the entire crew of familiar characters, often working at cross purposes despite their profound affection and respect for one another. The basic human dimensions of Burke's writing are always both fascinating and satisfying. The addition of a pair of new characters who are complex and perversely endearing is an added bonus, and I suspect we will see them again in the future.

With the possible exception of one somewhat annoying character voice, Will Patton's work on this recording is brilliant. I especially like the way he changes not only his character voice but the narrator voice as well when the action moves from Dave's 1st person to Dave omniscient. Creative and interesting.

If this were the first Robicheaux novel I had ever read, I would probably give it five stars across the board. As it is, it was certainly more than worth the time and credit, but I do hope Burke will find some new thematic ground to till with Dave.
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- David "Actor/director/teacher. Split my time between Beijing and Seattle now. Listen to Audible on the subway and while driving or riding my bike."

Seven reasons why this is the best Burke yet

Yep, I said it. This is the best Robicheaux novel yet. Burke just gets better and better. Here is a list of what makes Light of the World especially great:

1. They are back in Montana--it just adds an extra level of depth and interest when they step outside of New Orleans
2. Gretchen is back
3. Interesting story line including a tiny bit of "out of this world" type mystery. That's all I'll say, don't want to spoil anything.
4. New evil rich people
5. There's a little less Dave & Clete in this one. I know that sounds like it might not be a good thing, but it is. It shows the growth of Burke as an author. This story is even more complex with so many layers of characters and themes that he doesn't have to lean so heavily on his main characters. It makes for great unpredictability while keeping the comfortable themes you expect.
6. Alafair is in danger and is pissed off about it.
7. Clete falls hard for a woman he's not suppose to.

If you are a loyal follower, you'll note in the list what makes it so great. It's the combination of old and new, familiar and surprising, that mix that makes it perfect.
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- Marci

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-23-2013
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio