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LIGHT OF THE WORLD by James Lee Burke is 548 pages in hardcover format. This is #20 in the Dave Robicheaux Series.

Brief Description:

Louisiana Sherriff’s Detective Dave Robicheaux and his longtime friend and partner Clete Purcel are vacationing in Montana’s spectacular Big Sky country when a series of suspicious events leads them to believe their lives–and the lives of their families–are in danger. In contrast to the tranquil beauty of Flathead Lake and the colorful summertime larch and fir unspooling across unblemished ranchland, a venomous presence lurks in the caves and hills, intent on destroying innocent lives. First, Alafair Robicheaux is nearly killed by an arrow while hiking alone on a trail. Then Clete’s daughter, Gretchen Horowitz, whom readers met in Burke’s previous bestseller Creole Belle, runs afoul of a local cop, with dire consequences. Next, Alafair thinks she sees a familiar face following her around town–but how could convicted sadist and serial killer Asa Surette be loose on the streets of Montana? Surrette committed a string of heinous murders while capital punishment was outlawed in his home state of Kansas. Years ago, Alafair, a lawyer and novelist, interviewed Surette in prison, aiming to prove him guilty of other crimes and eligible for the death penalty. Recently, a prison transport van carrying Surette crashed and he is believed dead, but Alafair isn’t so sure.

My Review:

I love these books about Dave Robicheaux,  Alafair, Clete and the new addition of Gretchen Horowitz.  I love the Rambo feel that Gretchen brings to the mix.  She seems to have no fear and if someone is in need of help she steps up to the plate regardless of the peril that might be involved.  She is definitely looking out for the little guy or the person who cannot defend themselves.

It appears Clete and Dave are becoming older and need the new blood to make the books more interesting.  I am not sure if Surrette was the most evil of characters, but he certainly wasn’t a pansy either.  To be able to write with such clarity about evil really makes me wonder about the author.  Even though these books are about good versus evil in some of the worst forms ever, there is always some levity to make you laugh.  Some of the things that Clete does just make you laugh out loud.  Even some of the things that come from his mouth are humorous.

I am just sad that I don’t have another one to read until the next one is written, because I do enjoy visiting the world of Dave and Clete.  I am giving this 5 out of 5 stars.  The evil is there, the characters are so well portrayed, it is humorous in spots and above all there is a message about what evil can do.  I believe that James Lee Burke is one of the best writers that I have ever read.  If you have not read him, I would give him a try.  Sometimes a dictionary is needed, but that is okay too because that just helps to expand your horizons.