Light of the World by James Lee Burke
A Dave Robicheaux Novel

83%

6 Critic Reviews

The setting comes alive, the story drags you along at a breathless pace, and the characters rise to haunt you long after you read the final page. Classic JLB.
-NY Journal of Books

Synopsis

New York Times bestselling author and “America’s best novelist” (The Denver Post) James Lee Burke is back with the twentieth mystery in the masterful Dave Robicheaux series.

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, Surrette escapes from a prison transport van and heads to Montana, where an unsuspecting Dave—along with Alafair; Dave’s wife, Molly; Dave’s faithful partner Clete; and Clete’s newfound daughter, Gretchen Horowitz—have come to take in the sweet summer air.

Surrette may be even worse than Dave’s old enemy Legion Guidry, a man Dave suspected might very well be the devil incarnate. But before Dave can stop Surrette from harming those he loves most, he’ll have to do battle with Love Younger, an enigmatic petrochemical magnate seeking to build an oil pipeline from Alberta to Texas, and Wyatt Dixon, a rodeo clown with a dark past whom Burke fans will recall from his Billy Bob Holland novels.

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.” Drawing on real events that took place in Wichita, Kansas, over a twenty-year span, 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.
 

About James Lee Burke

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James Lee Burke, a rare winner of two Edgar Awards, and named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, is the author of thirty-one previous novels and two collections of short stories, including such New York Times bestsellers as The Glass Rainbow, Swan Peak, The Tin Roof Blowdown, Last Car to Elysian Fields, and Rain Gods. He lives in Missoula, Montana.
 
Published July 23, 2013 by Simon & Schuster. 561 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Arts & Photography, Crime, Education & Reference. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Light of the World
All: 6 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 0

Kirkus

Good
on Jul 07 2013

Pruning away the florid subplots that often clutter his heaven-storming blood baths, Burke produces his most sharply focused, and perhaps his most harrowing, study of human evil, refracted through the conventions of the crime novel.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Jun 03 2013

...the fingers keep turning the pages because the much-honored Burke...is a master storyteller.

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Blog Critics

Above average
Reviewed by C. Michael Bailey on Aug 06 2013

That said, Light of the World was never meant to be high art. It is a Summer reading selection populated with characters so well known they could be our friends. It is a story to pass an afternoon while on vacation and with that in mind, it really is not so bad.

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Blog Critics

Good
Reviewed by Pat Padua on Jul 26 2013

I have not kept up with all of their adventures, but reading Light of the World, Burke’s twentieth Robicheaux novel, is like saying hello to old friends in the police department...You’ll have trouble sleeping until you’ve finished turning the pages, and even more after you’ve finished.

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WSJ online

Above average
Reviewed by Tom Nolan on Aug 09 2013

"Light of the World" is stuffed with well-sketched characters, astonishing coincidences and metaphysical overtones...

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NY Journal of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by D. P. Lyle on Jul 30 2013

The setting comes alive, the story drags you along at a breathless pace, and the characters rise to haunt you long after you read the final page. Classic JLB.

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