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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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Light of the World
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Robicheaux Rides Again
January 1st, 2014
If you're a fan of the Bobsie Twins from Homicide, whcih I am from way back, then you can't fail to like this newest in the series. Set not in their usual stomping ground of New Orleans but in James Lee Burke's real-life back yard of Montana, you'll find lots that is familiar mixed with the new geography. They have all - Dave, Clete, Molly, Alf, and Gretchen - gone to MT to heal up after their last adventure (remember that?) only to be tormented by a new psychopath. Burke serves up his usual helping of evil and redemption with tight writing and fast-paced plotting.
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August 21st, 2013
Its so entertaining ! Must!!
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