"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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Burke is still the best
JLB is getting a bit formulaic, IMHO.
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.
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.
Will Patton is great. He could not improve.
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.
- Richard Delman