The Glass Rainbow (Dave Robicheaux #18)
This is the opening line to what became a long relationship between myself and Dave Robicheaux. It all begins with The Neon Rain and though not his best book, (he peaks in the middle of the series somewhere around Bl...more
David our main protagonist, a veteran detective who’s seen the evil that men do and has had his own demons to battle with in the past, he has more scars thorough life than any one man would want to accumulate. He’s still living and walking the earth, he’s strong will, good character and fight for survival is testament to this.
In the search for the guilty very bad men emerge from the shadows.
Fingers start po...more
Simon & Schuster July 2010
From my personal library
Rating: 5 of 5 - sheer perfection
Have you ever smelled the magnolias, tasted the gumbo, seen the Spanish moss strung like Christmas garlands in the live oaks, heard the rain play on a tin roof, felt the damp salt breeze off the Gulf of Mexico? And the fleeting visions in the corner of your eye are indeed ghosts of an antebellum past, in the land of Marie Laveau. James Lee Burke's gifts are such that you will...more
There are several stories interwoven here. Alafair is dating Kermit Abelard, the son of a wealthy family. Dave believes the family has evil at it's core. Kermit has befriended an ex-con who has written a best-selling novel and is a rising leterary star. He is also truly evil. Meanwhile, Clete wants Dave to help investigate poss...more
First Robicheaux novel I've read in quite a while. This one made me realize how much I've missed Dave, Molly, and even Clete, as well as appreciate the inclusion of a more mature Alafair, reflecting real life and working on her own novel. Readers get introduced to a few more of the Robicheaux's quirky, "retro" plantation neighbors. After 18 books in the series it's becoming difficult to believe there are that many evil people in one place; sort of the "Cabot Cove, ME, syndrome;" kept waiting for...more
I had the pleasure of listening to Will Patton narrate/perform this Dave Robicheaux story. A fantastic job in dialects as well as true to life acting. I highly recommend this story on CD for any and all including fans who have already read the book. A real adventure brought to life by an artist.
Dave Robicheaux is on the hunt for a possible serial murderer of several women. At the same time Dave's daughter, A...more
Louisiana detective Dave Robicheaux has his hands full in this non stop thriller. Who is behind the murder of seven young women and what is the motive?
This would appear to be pretty straightforward stuff as far as crime fiction goes but things get up close and personal when it appears that Robicheaux's daughter has fallen in love with one of the bad guys, which just goes to prove once again that love really is blind. Dave has to bring in the heavy hitters to help which makes me happy because the...more
The Glass Rainbow, while perhaps not my favorite Dave R. book, is a brooding, doom-tinged masterpiece. My only quibble is that there is perhaps a bit more repetition of the leitmotivs than ne...more
The mystery of The Glass Rainbow revolves around the...more
As always in these books, the atmosphere looms large and, as has been the case in several of them, Dave's own family is at grave personal risk. In this case, it's his adopted daugh...more
This book was the best of the entire series that I h...more
Burke is one of the few really good stylists working in genre fiction, but genre fiction depends upon plot, and there is virtually none here. Burke barely makes any effort to explain what lies behind the deaths of the two young girls which seems to b...more
"The Glass Rainbow" is another outstanding mystery that features one of my favorite characters, Dave Robicheaux. One may also include his friend, Clete Purcel, his wife, former Catholic nun Molly, and his adopted daughter , Alafair.
Dave is a former New Orleans police officer with a past that includes alcoholism. He fights both his past and alcoholism in all his books. Clete was Dave's partner, and fights his own devils, and not onl...more
The swoon factor occurs after you have placed yourself in the hands of a confident, assured author whom you trust to gently carry you through his world, and at journey's end, safely return you to your own. You arrive at that last page, linger on the closing sentence, and sigh, contented.
Nonetheless, I think I'm done with Dave Robich...more
What could possibly draw the attention of Dave Robicheaux and the New Iberia police department more than the death of seven young women?
Even more, Dave is concerned that one of the women killed doesn't fit the profile. Bernadette Latiolas was a high school honor student who had been offered a college scholarship.
When a body is dumped in the field of a cane farmer in New Iberia, Dave and his boss, Helen Soileau, find something that connects with Bernadette and begin their own investig...more
In The Glass Rainbow, there is all that I have found familiar and seductive in the past plus a new twist - mortality. Dave has an angel or a demon on his back, as always and as the reader walks with him, he/she will find themselves looking for...more
Last week I had the great good pleasure of slipping into The Big Easy for a couple days courtesy of Cointreau, who'd flown me up to that storied city in order to interview Dita Von Teese. While I was there I made a point of strolling the French Quarter at daybreak so that I might get a whiff of some of those ghosts James Lee Burke is forever mentioning in his works. And the man is right: the spirits are pa...more
This is one of the darkest novels in the Robicheau series because we were forced to face with Dave the possibility that he, Clete, and his whole family might be destroyed. I was afraid we were witnessing the demise of the characters and the series. The ending leaves it somewhat open still for that to happen, but I can only hope that’s not Burke’s intention.
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James Lee Burke’s eagerly awaited new novel finds Detective Dave Robicheaux back in New Iberia, Louisiana, and embroiled in the most harrowing and dangerous case of his career. Seven young women in neighboring Jefferson Davis Parish have been brutally murdered. While the crimes have all the telltale signs of a serial killer, the death of Bernadette Latiolais, a high-school honor student, doesn’t fit: she is not the kind of hapless and ma...more
Potential material there for more than one book, and The Glass Rainbow's 522 pages do begi...more
The book explores a v...more
Burke was born in Houston, Texas, but grew up on the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast. He attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the University of Missouri, receiving a...more
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