Light of the World

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: James Lee Burke
Narrator: Will Patton
Genres: Suspense, Detective Stories, Police Stories
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Published In: July 2013
# of Units: 18 CDs
Length: 16 hours, 39 minutes
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Overview

New York Times bestselling author and “America’s best novelist” (The Denver Post) James Lee Burke is back with the twentieth mystery in the masterful Dave Robicheaux series.

Sadist and serial killer Asa Surrette narrowly escaped the death penalty for the string of heinous murders he committed while capital punishment was outlawed in Kansas. But following a series of damning articles written by Dave Robicheaux’s daughter Alafair, Surrette escapes from a prison transport van and heads to Montana, where an unsuspecting Dave—along with Alafair; Dave’s wife, Molly; Dave’s faithful partner Clete; and Clete’s newfound daughter, Gretchen Horowitz—have come to take in the sweet summer air.

Surrette may be even worse than Dave’s old enemy Legion Guidry, a man Dave suspected might very well be the devil incarnate. But before Dave can stop Surrette from harming those he loves most, he’ll have to do battle with Love Younger, an enigmatic petrochemical magnate seeking to build an oil pipeline from Alberta to Texas, and Wyatt Dixon, a rodeo clown with a dark past whom Burke fans will recall from his Billy Bob Holland novels.

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.” Drawing on real events that took place in Wichita, Kansas, over a twenty-year span, 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.

Reviews (2)

Written by Gail B on July 28th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I truly am one of James Lee Burkes biggest fans. When I read him I keep a tablet near by to record those passages that wake me up, clue me in, or, literally change the way I perceive life. Im sixty-four and have been a zealous bibliophile since my early childhood and have seldom read an author with greater insight into matters both sociological and spiritual. His is a mind to be taken seriously. He is not, however, lacking a sense of humor. He is clever, sardonic and witty. It took me months to read this book because I was constantly interrupted by his other books. One or the other of which kept catching my attention. When I finally sat with a purpose to read this novel I found myself completely immersed. Of all the stories he has told me, this one hit home the deepest. I discovered that we share the deepest passion for our friends and family and that the depth of sacrifice one human being is willing to go to for another is astonishing and humbling. It makes me feel as though I can more easily trust the love we have for one another in this life. Makes me want to be a hero by way of giving myself to those in need. Keeps me from being able to be a coward. This book is the best of, in my humble opinion. A true must read and a blessing of wisdom and encouragement.

Light Of the World

Written by Denise T on July 26th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Always a riveting story! Beautifully read!

Author Details

Author Details

Burke, James Lee

James Lee Burke was born in Houston, Texas, in 1936 and grew up on the Texas-Louisiana gulf coast. He attended Southwestern Louisiana Institute and later received a B. A. Degree in English and an M. A. from the University of Missouri in 1958 and 1960 respectively. Over the years he worked as a landman for Sinclair Oil Company, pipeliner, land surveyor, newspaper reporter, college English professor, social worker on Skid Row in Los Angeles, clerk for the Louisiana Employment Service, and instructor in the U. S. Job Corps.

He and his wife Pearl met in graduate school and have been married 48 years, they have four children: Jim Jr., an assistant U.S. Attorney; Andree, a school psychologist; Pamala, a T. V. ad producer; and Alafair, a law professor and novelist who has 4 novels out with Henry Holt publishing.

Burke's work has been awarded an Edgar twice for Best Crime Novel of the Year. He has also been a recipient of a Breadloaf and Guggenheim Fellowship and an NEA grant. Two of his novels, Heaven's Prisoners and Two For Texas, have been made into motion pictures. His short stories have been published in The Atlantic Monthly, New Stories from the South, Best American Short Stories, Antioch Review, Southern Review, and The Kenyon Review. His novel The Lost Get-Back Boogie was rejected 111 times over a period of nine years, and upon publication by Louisiana State University press was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Today he and his wife live in Missoula, Montana, and New Iberia, Louisiana.