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"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
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By Dave on 08-08-13

Burke is still the best

Listening to Will Patton read "Light of the World" is like sipping a glass of chateauneuf du pape. You want to savor every moment and take your time doing it. I like James Lee Burke; I believe he is the best modern mystery writer. And Will Patton makes the characters and story come alive. I ordered this book a day before my monthly credit come through solely because I could not wait 24 hours for another Burke installment.
After surviving the events told in "Creole Belle", Dave, his wife Molly and daughter Alafair join Clete and his daughter Gretchen to look for some R&R at their old friend, Albert's house in Montana. Not surprisingly, instead of enjoying some days in the Montana countryside, they confront evil, evil personified in the satanic character of Asa Surette, one of the most vile characters, if not the most vile in JLB's or any other writer's novels.
JLB creates page turners and unlike other contemporary mystery writers he writes in the most hauntingly beautiful style. Listening to Will Patton read "Light of the World" (interesting title) is an engrossing spiritual experience.
If you haven't read James Lee Burke, it may be helpful to get :Creole Belle" first. However, they are stand alone novels and not a sequel as such, but it may help your understanding of the events especially Gretchen who first appears in "Creole Belle".

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By Richard Delman on 09-14-15

JLB is getting a bit formulaic, IMHO.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. This is Burke's 20th Dave Robicheaux novel, and he is pounding on the Viet Nam trauma, alcoholism, Clete's penchant for violence, and so forth. His gift for describing locations is still unmatched: it feels like you are in the Bitterroot Mountains of Montana. However, the Wyatt Dixon character has become a standard crazy/dangerous guy, and Clete's daughter, Gretchen Horowitz, has also quickly begun to walk in her father's footsteps. The earlier books are much better.

Would you be willing to try another book from James Lee Burke? Why or why not?

I might try another of the Hackberry Holland books, as he is a different character from Dave Robicheaux, and he explores a more southerly part of the US, giving us once again Burke's remarkable gift at making us feel that we are living in the territory of the novel. Plus, Hack's right-hand-girl is a woman, and there is some heat between them, which is interesting.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Will Patton is great. He could not improve.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Maybe. Hollywood is eating itself (not my original words) and movies are only 100 minutes, in which they try to plug in hours of plot and character development. Very tough.

Any additional comments?

Nope.

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