Light of the World by James Lee Burke

Light of the World

By James Lee Burke

  • Release Date: 2013-07-23
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 223 Ratings
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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.


  • Well Done Mr. Burke

    By Bossgolfer1
    I hope we get more Dave & Clete. Have read all 20 in the series.Enjoyed his including Molly and the girls.
  • Not his Usual

    By Burke fan
    I am a great fan of Burke's books, but, this simply doesn't live up to his normal high level. His flowery prose goes to the extreme, and, his characters become so bogged down it leads to a boring read. It has taken hours to work through the book. I lay it down in frustration and go back to it thinking it will get better. Unfortunately, that never happens. Hopefully, this was an aberration.
  • Love it.

    By Cwm1414
    Love these books just wish my dad were still here so we could get fired up as Clete and Dave take care of business.
  • Light of the World

    By SherryD.
    Awesome book, as with every one of James Lee Burke's books, I have read them all, I could not put it down. I have started reading his older books for a second time, when I need my Burke fix..
  • Light of the Workd

    By Hutch8700
    JLB is the most moving author with his word pictures that are built into my mind. My favorite, reading him over and over. Thank you for the pleasure.
  • Very disappointing

    By reacher fan
    I have enjoyed previous Burke novels but I found nothing good or appealing about this one.
  • Light....

    By rbshearer
    Great writing. Formulaic plot, rich family, obviously evil, vs good cops. Demoniac villain vs moral folks.
  • Light of the World

    By Trueerror
    I had forgotten how Burke is the master of words. This book makes see evil in an entirely new way. For example, there are gradations of evil. The world is not either good or evil.
  • Light of the World

    By LGCjr
    As good as it gets. An outstanding book. Vietnam 1965
  • Light of the world

    By Mstrpara
    Have read many James Lee Burke books--really enjoyed them, until this one. Waste of time--after reading half went to last chapter to end the misery Hokey dialogue, Clete and Dave have been analyzed to death. Should be classified as fantasy.