The Glass Rainbow by James Lee Burke
A Dave Robicheaux Novel

81%

15 Critic Reviews

Burke...has never resembled the sage of Yoknapatawpha more closely than in this magnificent attempt to get it all down between one cap and one period.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

The creator of “one of America’s best mystery series” (Library Journal, starred review), New York Times bestselling author James Lee Burke features Louisiana detective Dave Robicheaux in a “superlative” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) bayou thriller.

The brutal murders of seven young women in a neighboring parish pull Robicheaux from his New Iberia home into a case with all the telltale signs of a serial killer. Except that one of the victims, a high school honors student, doesn’t fit. Investigating with his friend Clete Purcel, Robicheaux confronts Herman Stanga, a notorious pimp and crack dealer—but shocking violence sends the already blood-soaked case spiraling out of control. And with his daughter, Alafair, in love with a man who has dangerous ties to a once prominent Louisiana family, every dark fear Robicheaux harbors for himself and his daughter are on the precipice of becoming reality.
 

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 June 24, 2010 by Simon & Schuster. 452 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Glass Rainbow
All: 15 | Positive: 13 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Good
on Jun 16 2010

Burke...has never resembled the sage of Yoknapatawpha more closely than in this magnificent attempt to get it all down between one cap and one period.

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Blog Critics

Good
on Jul 16 2010

...old fan or new reader, you can’t afford to miss this book. And you’ll be anxiously awaiting the next one.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
on Jul 13 2010

The ending of the book is an electrifying one, a series of several apocalyptic paragraphs that you will read over and over with every last hair on your body standing at nervous attention.

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Washington Times

Excellent
on Sep 17 2010

...Mr. Burke has designed such a brilliantly intricate maze and populated it with such wonderfully complex characters that it would be a shame to explain any of it.

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Entertainment Weekly

Above average
on Jul 21 2010

...Burke's finely developed understanding of the human race prevents anything from getting too black-and-white.

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Booklist Online

Excellent
on May 15 2010

...Burke kicks into another gear: superb suspense leading to a gripping, set-piece finale...

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Open Letters Monthly

Good

Burke has never been so eloquent. He gives us a bravura conclusion...

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Oregon Live

Below average
on Jul 17 2010

...Burke's characters, pimp and dominatrix alike, invariably speak in sonnets, unleashing overrehearsed reflections that suggest the author no longer distinguishes between interior monologue and melodramatic dialogue.

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Seattle PI

Excellent
on Apr 26 2011

With The Glass Rainbow James Lee Burke has once again proven his talent for creating masterful, intricate mysteries that draw the reader in.

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NJ.com

Good
on Aug 01 2010

Fans of James Lee Burke will not be disappointed...

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Spinetingler Magazine

Excellent
on Oct 18 2010

From the first page of his shattering new novel, James Lee Burke’s gorgeous prose enfolds the reader, who cannot help but be enthralled, to the extent that one finds oneself wishing that the book could just go on forever.

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Southern Lit Review

Excellent
on Aug 21 2010

Brilliantly paced, brimming with memorable characters...captivating in its sensory detail, and with a challenging moral vision...

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The Huntsville Times

Excellent
on Jan 29 2012

...a seamless blend of the literary and thriller genres that rises above the usual tripe.

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National Post arts

Good
Reviewed by Vick Mickunas on Aug 18 2010

Burke’s atmospheric depictions of the topography of this steamy land meld into plot lines with fantastic lyrical sweeps. This is his best book yet.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Below average

There's no denying that Burke writes beautifully; but for me the book was fatally flawed, mostly because of the heavy-handed characterization. I found it to be a real downer.

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