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Light of the World: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

Light of the World A Dave Robicheaux Novel Louisiana Sherriff s Detective Dave Robicheaux and his longtime friend and partner Clete Purcel are vacationing in Montana s spectacular Big Sky country when a series of suspicious events leads them t

  • Title: Light of the World: A Dave Robicheaux Novel
  • Author: James Lee Burke
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 236
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Louisiana Sherriff s Detective Dave Robicheaux and his longtime friend and partner Clete Purcel are vacationing in Montana s spectacular Big Sky country when a series of suspicious events leads them to believe their lives and the lives of their families are in danger In contrast to the tranquil beauty of Flathead Lake and the colorful summertime larch and fir unspoolingLouisiana Sherriff s Detective Dave Robicheaux and his longtime friend and partner Clete Purcel are vacationing in Montana s spectacular Big Sky country when a series of suspicious events leads them to believe their lives and the lives of their families are in danger In contrast to the tranquil beauty of Flathead Lake and the colorful summertime larch and fir unspooling across unblemished ranchland, a venomous presence lurks in the caves and hills, intent on destroying innocent lives First, Alafair Robicheaux is nearly killed by an arrow while hiking alone on a trail Then Clete s daughter, Gretchen Horowitz, whom readers met in Burke s previous bestseller Creole Belle, runs afoul of a local cop, with dire consequences Next, Alafair thinks she sees a familiar face following her around town but how could convicted sadist and serial killer Asa Surette be loose on the streets of Montana Surrette committed a string of heinous murders while capital punishment was outlawed in his home state of Kansas Years ago, Alafair, a lawyer and novelist, interviewed Surette in prison, aiming to prove him guilty of other crimes and eligible for the death penalty Recently, a prison transport van carrying Surette crashed and he is believed dead, but Alafair isn t so sure Says The Plain Dealer Cleveland , Already designated a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, Burke should get another title, say, for sustained literary brilliance in his Dave Robicheaux series Light of the World is a 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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    1. Sometimes it’s hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys. As far as I know, no one does this better than James Lee Burke. The good guys are bad, and the bad guys are really bad. It’s like reading about pure unadulterated evil crafted around poetic prose, and it’s pretty wonderful, even if he does create one fucked up universeGHT OF THE WORLD feels like it’s covered in pure darkness. It’s filled with sexual assault and rape and Russian roulette and dead bodies and exploding planes an [...]

    2. I couldn’t put it down as I slaked my addiction for Burke’s tales of a modern knight facing down the evils of our world and in our hearts. In this 20th in the series of books featuring Louisiana detective Dave Robicheaux, our intrepid, aging hero is on a vacation in Montana with his former partner Clete, wife Molly, and daughter Alafair when trouble begins in the form of an anonymous arrow grazing his daughter while on a jog. A cryptic message on the wall of a cave at a friend’s ranch wher [...]

    3. I can't imagine what went wrong here. The entire group, including Clete's new hitman daughter, goes vigilante in the wilds of Montana. Alafair, who is a character I've wanted to slap almost since she entered the series, starts the book by confronting an innocent man over a presumed attempt on her life, then drags her father into the dispute, and it's all downhill from there. Confusing and improbable (REALLY? You have to make your villain actually STINK in an otherwordly fashion to justify vigila [...]

    4. Once you understand that everyone in James Lee Burke's 20th Dave Robicheaux novel is crazy, ranging from just a little to completely barking whether on the side of justice and good or lawlessness and evil (sometimes those categories align very uneasily indeed) you can just sit back and enjoy the ride. This time finds Dave and his pal Clete, Dave's wife Molly, Dave's grown daughter Alafair (a novelist in the book as well as in real life), and Clete's newly found illegitimate daugher, always refer [...]

    5. In this 20th novel in the Dave Robicheaux series James Lee Burke is once again dealing with themes of good vs evil. The villain in this story is Asa Surrette, a sadist and serial killer, who has escaped from a Kansas prison. Surrette may be even more evil than Legion Guidry who we met in Jolie Blon's Bounce. Surrette avoided the death penalty because he was convicted at a time when the death penalty was outlawed by the state of Kansas. After Dave's daughter Alafair interviewed Surrette she becom [...]

    6. I will always be up for a new Dave Robicheaux mystery, but I was a bit disappointed in this one. One reviewer here said that everyone in these books is some degree of crazy, and I think he is right. Everyone here is too willing to rudely confront others, even Dave's daughter Alafair. It was also too long, with far too much supernatural speculation. For a family vacation, Molly was simply absent too much of the time. At one point I wondered if she had been forgotten by Burke entirely!

    7. Louisiana Sheriff's Detective Dave Robichaux is on vacation in Montana with his wife Molly, novelist daughter Alafair, and private detective friend Clete Purcell. They are soon joined by Gretchen Horowitz, the daughter Clete first met when she was an adult. Gretchen, severely abused as a child, was once a hit-woman for the mob. She's now a filmmaker, making a documentary about oil shale drilling. The visitors are staying at the ranch of Dave's friend Albert Hollister, a famous writer and environ [...]

    8. This is the last Robicheaux I will read - I thought the early books in the series were wonderful, but it's hard to know where to begin with the things I don't like about this book.What is the opposite of character development - character deterioration? The self-righteous, sanctimonious streak that has been increasingly in evidence in Dave is in full flower here and it causes him to act like such a jerk that it's a wonder that anyone still puts up with him. Alafair, who has been pretty annoying s [...]

    9. It always takes me longer to read a James Lee Burke book than it does most authors because I do not want to miss a word. I have found no one in current American literature who can match Burke's style. His imagery leaps off the page at you like bright watercolor painting. Take for example the following:"During the summer, when I was a child, no matter how hot the weather was, there was a shower almost every afternoon after three o'clock. The southern horizon would be piled with storm clouds that [...]

    10. Author Burke has been tickling my need for entertainment that also makes me wonder in large ways, for many years now. Light of the World, as others have written here, does seem to contain a satisfying, retrospective voice. In some ways it forms the crown of the entire series. For me, oddly enough, it finally informed me that all these books have really been about Clete Purcell. Dave Robichaux and family all along have provided the functions of the chorus in traditional Greek Tragedy, reminding u [...]

    11. The Bobbsey Twins find themselves out of the Bayou in a different landscape, Montana, recovering from their Bayou shootout featured in the previous novel Creolle Belle.James Lee Burke yet again successfully has penned a great tale with the stuff that makes great storytelling, his great potent way with words and sentences, his great thrills, his great reflections on the human condition and the world around us, his great characters, he takes you into the deep crevices of existence with lives on th [...]

    12. “Light of the World” by James Lee Burke, published by Simon & Schuster.Category – Mystery/Thriller Publication Date – July 16, 2013What can one say that has not already been said about the writing of James Lee Burke. The author of thirty-two novels that will keep the reader on the edge of his seat wondering what is going to happen next. The level of suspense and action is seldom seen in other books of this nature, maybe once in a while but not over thirty-two novels. He is at his bes [...]

    13. Light of the World by James Lee Burke560 pagesSimon & SchusterJuly 23, 2013)ISBN-10: 1476710767ISBN-13: 978-1476710761Publicist: rebeccarsh@simonandschusterReviewer: D. P. Lyle“e characters rise to haunt you long after you read the final page.”Full disclosure here: I’m a fanatic James Lee Burke fan so am biased toward anything he writes. I’ve followed his tales of Louisiana bayou homicide detective Dave Robicheaux from The Neon Rain to the latest and 20th installment in the series Li [...]

    14. I’ve been agonizing over this review for several weeks, and the question keeps popping us—what if Dave and Clete really did die in the Bayou shoot out, and are now as avenging angels, using all their power and strength to destroy some of the most appalling villains in fiction? Might that explain why they are faced continually by, and must do battle with, real evil?Dave and Clete go on vacation, possibly just to give the people of south Louisiana a break from the badness those two seem to att [...]

    15. This is probably the most complex, darkest and longest book of the Robicheaux series. It is beautifully written, lots of great metaphors, strong and well developed characters and the line between good and bad is only defined by the amount of moral compass that they possess. The book is not for the squeamish and it may lead readers to give up on the book because of all the senseless crimes that take place in the first half of the book. If you persevere you will find that the author brings the plo [...]

    16. James Lee Burke’s Dave Robicheaux, the haunted, all-too-human homicide detective from the Louisiana bayou country, first appeared more than 25 years ago in “The Neon Rain.” It was apparent, even then, that Burke had given us an extraordinary character, one whose depth, complexity and evocative narrative voice was worth returning to again and again. That has turned out to be the case. “Light of the World” is the 20th installment in this increasingly ambitious series, and it reaffirms Ro [...]

    17. It is unbelievable that after all the novels Burke has written, he just keeps getting better and better. This one features a road trip, with Clete, Dave and Alafair staying with a friend and then hearing that Gretchen will soon be joining them as well. A fact that Dave is more than a little worried about. With all four of them together, you just know strange things are going to happen. True evil, when someone thought to be dead more than likely is not. A fast moving, and compelling read. A must [...]

    18. I've read all of Burke's books, and prefer the books set in New Orleans. This one features his usual characters, including Dave and Alafair, but it's set in Montana.Burke is one of the few writers that hasn't lost his edge as he ageshe's over seventy, and once again, a poetic master piece. Burke's strength is his ability to evoke pictures in readers minds, it's very sense oriented. Again, the dark, flawed characters and their struggles are front and centerO, Burke's not a master of the plot. As [...]

    19. Twentieth in the Dave Robicheaux mystery series which is usually based in Louisiana. This particular story takes place near Missoula, Montana.My TakeNot as satisfying as it usually is and with a lot more introspection on Dave's part with most of the action between Dave and Clete with Alafair and Gretchen coming up fast. A lot of daddy-worry. There was almost no Molly until the end, even though they're on vacation together. Burke doesn't give a good reason why Dave treats Alafair as he does. He k [...]

    20. I read my first James Lee Burke book in 1990, it was The Neon Rain, I bought the paperback for the title, and I loved the main Character Dave Robicheaux. After reading the book I read the next two books in the series, and from then on I read everything that James Lee Burke wrote. I would buy his books the day they came out even though they were hardback and expensive and knowing if i waited a week or two they would go on sale. I didn't care, I couldn't wait to read them. Like all book series, so [...]

    21. Out stand ing.Only my second foray into James Lee Burke's artfully crafted, immensely compelling, and brutally violent, but poignantly lyrical examinations of good and evil. While I initially thought Burke's stuff was cut from the same cloth as No Country for Old Men, I'm increasingly thinking that a domestic cross between Nesbo's Harry Hole and Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad with (as I initially thought) some Lonesome Dove sprinkled in better captures some of the essence, or at least some [...]

    22. Book Review - Light of the World by James Lee BurkeWhen English Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge left the admonition to readers and writers that, ” It was agreed, that my endeavours should be directed to persons and characters supernatural, or at least romantic, yet so as to transfer from our inward nature a human interest and a semblance of truth sufficient to procure for these shadows of imagination that willing suspension of disbelief for the moment, which constitutes poetic faith”he [...]

    23. I was so disappointed with this book. Disappointed because it came to an end. Having read a number of less than great books recently, it was wonderful to get back to James Lee Burke and read something of true quality. Taut, poetic, beautifully descriptive – writing of a standard that few, if any, can match let alone surpass.James Lee Burke has done it again!Here we have Dave Robicheaux, Clete and families (mainly their daughters Alafair and Gretchen) moving away from Louisiana for a break in M [...]

    24. Ok, there are patterns that repeat themselves in the books of James Lee Burke who carries a stock company of character actors, like film director, John Ford, who occupy, colour and drive his stories. First, there's Dave Robicheaux, the main protagonist in the twenty strong Robicheaux series. He's a flawed but principled character whose life has taken its tumbles, some self imposed, some cruelly circumstantial. Then there's Clete Purcel, his one time partner in NOPD Homicide and his lifelong frie [...]

    25. A Burke tour de force. I found it almost impossible to put down. Dave Robicheaux and his former partner Clete Purcell, wife Molly, daughter Alafair and later Purcell's daughter Gretchen Horowitz are vacationing at friend Albert Hollister's ranch outside of Missoula, Montana, one of the most beautiful places in the U.S. The story opens when Alafair is grazed by an arrow while jogging and a message is left on the wall of a cave on Hollister's property. It reads, "I was here but you did not know me [...]

    26. Dave Robicheaux and Clete Purcell – and those closest to them – have certainly earned a little downtime. Barely having survived the gunfight that ended The Glass Rainbow, Dave and Clete were soon battling pure evilness again in the nineteenth book in the Dave Robicheaux series, Creole Belle. Now, as Light of the World opens Dave and Clete, along with Dave’s wife Molly and daughter Alafair, are recovering on a friend’s ranch in a remote part of Montana. Life is good – at least until Ala [...]

    27. One of Burke’s best. Tighter and more readable than others I’ve read. Like several recent ones, this is set in Montana, where the characters vacation and more or less fondly describe their home on Bayou Teche. Dave Robicheaux, Clete Purcell, Alafair, Gretchen Horowitz, and Wyatt Dixon are all here, rich in their gifts and their goblins. The locals include detectives whose names should be “Devious,” a magnate who doesn’t really need a name, and a sheriff whose job seems to be threatenin [...]

    28. James Lee Burke. He is a true treasure. He is also one my favorite writers. Another is Lawrence Block, whose Matthew Scudder is as deeply introspective as Burke's Dave Robicheaux. But Block seems to be concentrating on other characters [1 Matthew Scudder book in recent years]. I also enjoy Michael Connelly [who is still writing Harry Bosch books], and Steve Cannel [has died 3 years ago]. But both Connelly and Cannel were not nearly as philosophical as Burke, and Block, but still fun. Two quotes [...]

    29. Why do I keep buying James Lee Burke novels? I should know better. The plots are now so repetitive! Basic plot line: There is one or more bad guys. Someone is murdered, horribly. Dave drives over to where One or More Bad Guy's staying and confronts him. He says the modern equivalent of "You are a churl, sir!" Then Clete drives over and confronts him too. There is much driving over to someone's house and saying dire things. Then they just bust up the guy, novel over.In this one, everyone is toget [...]

    30. I've been a fan of J L Burke since the early days and have always kept a warm regard for Dave Robicheaux. However, 4 or so years back, it seemed the believability meter had crept out of the yellow into the red zone, so I moved on to other authors and genre. I thoroughly enjoyed the last Montana story that I had read (sorry, I don't recall the title) and when I found that this novel was once again set in Montana, I decided to splash back into the waters of the Bitterroot Range.The novel grabbed m [...]

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