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Review : Light of The World / James Lee Burke

August 17, 2013

James Lee Burke brings us back into the world of Dave Robicheaux and his sidekick Clete Purcell, this time in rural Montana. Burke illuminates the lives of his main characters once more – including the developing relationship between Dave’s daughter Alafair and the latest addition to the cast, Clete’s daughter Gretchen Horowitz.

These two are proving as tough and meaty as their ‘old men’, and while this could be alarming, it is nice for those who are avid readers of Burke’s to witness the maturing of these characters. Robicheaux’s nemesis in this latest instalment is Surette, doer of supremely evil deeds – but is he alive or dead?

Burke once again shines a light on the veil between the dead and the living, as well as highlighting the fine line between sanity and madness, making this a thought-provoking novel well worth the read – like all the rest of his books. If you haven’t tried Mr Burke, I highly recommend you do.


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