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The Glass Rainbow by James Lee Burke
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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 investigation.

Dave hooks up with his old and loyal friend Clete Purcel and they turn their attention to a former pimp named Herman Stanga. They both dispise Stanga and when Clete and Stenga get into a confrontation, Stanga is beaten so severly that he ends up in the hospital and begins the process of suing Clete. Then, when Stenga ends up murdered, Clete becomes the main suspect.

As an interesting aside to the story, Dave Robicheaux's daughter, Alafair, is attempting to get her first novel published. This reality mixed in with the mystery gave me added enjoyment. I believe that it demonstrated how proud the author must be of his real life daughter, Alafair, and her success as a novelist. I also found that the author's literary style of first person narrative, mixed in with Alafair's details to be well done.

The setting, as always with James Lee Burke, is described as if seeing a painting of the action drawn before the reader. "...a town square that opened onto lovely vistas of oak trees and flowers...planted along the bayou's edge... Very visual and entertaining.

The novel will keep the reader's attention as the story unfolds and once again, Dave Robicheaux shows that he is one of the finest characters in literature.
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