Light of the World


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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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Product details

  • Hardback | 548 pages
  • 157.48 x 236.22 x 40.64mm | 748.42g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1476710767
  • 9781476710761
  • 243,810

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"["Light of the World"] is vintage Burke: a killer plot, flawed but decent heroes, loathsome villains, a keen sense of history and philosophy and prose that leaves the reader in awe. . . . At once lovely and lethal, "Light of the World" shimmers with Burke's ability to depict the best and the worst of the human family, and to do so with a steady eye and a generous heart."--Jay Strafford "Richmond Times-Dispatch "

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Every book this writer produces is better than the last.This is a Dave Robicheaux and Clete Purcel novel, but there is a more sinister undertow to this book, and I found that I couldn't put it down!This writer is not your commercial Lee Child type, but a writer who pits good and evil against each other, in a superb literary style. Atmospheric, highly descriptive, and written with a great understanding of literature. Thank you, Mr Burke!show more
by Janice Margaret Warne