From New York Times bestselling author James Lee Burke, Detective Dave Robicheaux becomes entangled in a mystery that connects a series of grisly murders with an ex-convict turned bestselling author, a notorious local pimp, and the man currently dating Robicheaux’s daughter.
On the trail of a killer responsible for the deaths of seven young women in neighboring Jefferson Davis parish, Detective Dave Robicheaux and his best friend Clete Purcel can’t seem to stay away from Herman Stanga, a notorious pimp whose name constantly resurfaces in their investigation, and whom both men despise. When Stanga turns up dead shortly after a fierce beating in front of numerous witnesses at the hands of Clete Purcel, the case takes a nasty turn, and solving the mystery of the Jefferson Davis deaths becomes more important than ever.
Adding to Robicheaux’s troubles is the matter of his adopted daughter, Alafair, on hiatus from Stanford Law for a semester and home in New Iberia to put the finishing touches on her novel. Her literary pursuit has led her into the arms of Kermit Abelard, celebrated novelist and scion of a once-prominent Louisiana family whose fortunes are slowly sinking into the bayous. In Robicheaux’s mind, Abelard’s association with a sleazy ex-convict turned bestselling author named Robert Weingart puts him at the center of some very shady business, and Robicheaux fears he’s taking Alafair down with him. But at the same time he fears for Alafair’s well-being—and possibly her life—she’s becoming more distant toward him, convinced his concerns are just the paranoia of an overprotective father. To protect his daughter and clear his best friend’s name, Robicheaux will need every ounce of guts, wit, and investigative chops he can muster.
From the creator of “one of America’s best mystery series” (Library Journal, starred review), James Lee Burke’s The Glass Rainbow is a “superlative” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) bayou thriller.
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The book was very enjoyable to listen to. The author's love of the language is apparent. The choice of narrator was inspired.
James Lee Burke is as good as they get!
Having praised Mr. Burke's abilities, Dave Robicheaux never fails to disappoint. He is the stupidest sheriff's detective on the planet! He never saves anyone, but is always saved by Cleat or someone else. In return for Cleat's faithfulness Dave belittles and criticizes and tells the authorities that Cleat is probably a killer, or the wanted bad guy, or whatever, but, except for praising Cleat's faithfulness, he essentially never supports him.
How many times have I screamed, "Look out Dave, he's got a gun!" or, "He's probably hiding behind the door!" But does he ever learn? Of course not! He's the only one who just can't figure the bad guys out. He's got eight inches of cement between his ears! For someone with so much experience as a cop, he is just unbelievably stupid! Also, Dave is willing to put anyone else's life in danger, his wife, his daughter, Cleat, ANYONE else! Are drunks always, ALWAYS, that stupid? God!
How about it Mr. Burke; how about surprising us and letting Dave see what all us know all too often? How can the main sleuth be wrong ALL THE TIME? Even a broken clock is right twice a day! Give us a break!!!
I'd give the Robicheaux stories five stars if Dave wasn't so stupid. And it's got to be stupidity because it goes too far to be ignorance.
Other than that, I love your stories!
P.S.: The only one stupider than Dave is his daughter, Alf—and that can't even be blamed on family inheritance! Poor Alf.
Another Gem from JLB
I have been reading and listening to Dave and Cletus for many years now, and I still can't wait for a new one to arrive. The Glass Rainbow is yet another masterpiece in this series. Brilliantly written and once again, brilliantly read by Will Patton, who has made this series his own. I will not give anything away, but the bad guys are evil. One of the great themes of these books is how evil exists, and at any cost, try to get what they desire.
If you purchase this book, you will not be disappointed. I promise.