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September 9, 2013

LIGHT OF THE WORLD by James Lee Burke

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A Dave Robicheaux Novel

by James Lee Burke

Light of the World: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

Simon & Schuster;

 First Edition first Printing edition (July 23, 2013)


  OVERVIEW  (from Amazon)

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 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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James Lee Burke, a rare winner of two Edgar Awards, is the author of twenty-three previous novels, including such New York Times bestsellers as Bitterroot, Purple Cane Road, Cimarron Rose, Jolie Blon's Bounce, and Dixie City Jam. He lives in Missoula, Montana, and New Iberia, Louisiana.



LIGHT OF THE WORLD is a journey into the evil and darkness that is all around us..

In this thriller, being the 20th Dave Robicheaux novel, the main characters, Dave, Clete, Molly, Alafair and Gretchen are all living in Montana. This sounds rather strange but they become foes with an escaped serial killer, a rich bad guy, a crazy cowboy and his really strange girlfriend. What a bunch of characters! Mr. Burke is going over Dave's life and his own. 

Dave does a little reflecting on things that are important to him. Dave and Clete are vacationing in Montana. Alafair (Dave's daughter) and the daughter Clete thought he'd lost, Gretchen. Gretchen is a character all in her own right.  She has a past that, well I won't tell you.  You'll have to read it. Their father's are raging mad. Both of their daughters are feeling threatened.  Law enforcement is just plain corrupt. Dave and Clete go on a hunt which ends up being a serial killer, Asa Surrette, that has escaped from Kansas.  This man, or should I say creature, is pure evil. The author has a way of making it hard to tell who is the good guy.  It seems like the good guys are bad and the bad are ever so bad.  It appears there is a lot of evil and with evil comes darkness.   There are sexual assaults, dead bodies, Russian roulette, a cowboy with a questionable past.  Oh there is more, much more.  The author keeps your interest on every page. You begin to think if this could really happen.  Yes, I think so.  In a way this is sort of a whodunit.  I had a hard time figuring out who the evil creature was.  There was so many to pick from. The author reminds us,  The line between good and evil is not always easy to draw.

I would give this book 4 STARS

I was given a complimentary copy of LIGHT OF THE WORLD by James Lee Burke from NightOwlReviews for this unbiased review.

  • Asa Surrette: A vicious degenerate who's more than a serial killer. He's a mind alterer and torturer and he's out for Alafair and Gretchen.
  • Streak: Clete's nickname for his friend Dave Robicheaux
  • Dave Robicheaux: A member of the New Orleans Police Department on vacation in Montana.
  • Alafair Robicheaux: Dave's adopted daughter
  • Alf: The shortened name for Dave Robicheaux's daughter, Alafair.
  • Big Aldous: Dave's father who was killed on an Oil Rig.
  • Molly Robicheaux: Dave's wife.
  • Alafair Mae Guillory: Dave's mother.
  • Albert Hollister: A novelist and ranch owner in Montana who invites Dave for a visit.
  • Gretchen Horowitz: Clete's daughter, she was raised in very hard conditions and later became a contract killer.

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