- Hardcover: 448 pages
- Publisher: Orion (11 Nov. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1409116611
- ISBN-13: 978-1409116615
- Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 3.7 x 24.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 218,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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James Lee Burke continues to astonish. The Glass Rainbow is the 18th appearance of his Louisiana cop Dave Robicheaux, and it is one of the best. I cannot think of another writer of crime fiction who has sustained such a level of excellence over so many novels featuring the same character (Marcel Berlins THE TIMES)
The Glass Rainbow is tense, atmospheric and emotionally engaging. (TIME OUT)
`Once again, Burke has beautifully crafted a tale that rips apart the seemingly ordered world of corporate America and the arrogant people who own and run it.' (Carla McKay DAILY MAIL)
The emotional tension reaches fever pitch as the body count multiplies and Dave Robicheaux find himself not just on the trail of a serial killer, but has serious fears for the safety of his own daughter. (Henry Sutton MIRROR)
James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux books, set in Louisiana, are some of the best in US crime fiction. (THE SUN)
Dave Robicheaux is on the trail of a serial killer, while trying to protect his daughter from a boyfriend with a dark side, in a riveting instalment of James Lee Burke's classic series.See all Product Description
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The investigation into the origins of the human remains leads Robicheaux and his faithful sidelick, Cletus Purcell, into a very sinister group of people whose motives are initially unclear. Using the lead characters daughter, Alifair, in the plot could have been a mistake, however, Lee Burke succeeds and Alifair is quite a credible component of the scene. Some of the prose Lee Burke writes are often stunning and moving and contribute to the overall quality of the work.
Between Robicheaux and Purcell there is a wonderful bond of loyalty and friendship that has lasted throughout the series of novels, both characters have their failings which each recognises and accepts. A little more of Helen Soileau, the Sheriff, comes to light in this novel. Her softness towards Robicheaux is touching and despite her orientation there is a sense of romance in the relationship.
Unlike other Robicheaux novels the bad guys are credible individuals, people that one might meet socially and it is this aspect that highlights the craft Lee Burke has used.
I found the book difficult to put down and I recommend it highly to initiates and newcomers, it is an excellent read.
Mike Alexander, Leeds.
The prince asks for gifts,
The judge seeks a bribe,
And the great man utters his evil desire;
So they scheme together. -- Micah 7:3 (NKJV)
This is the best new novel I've read so far in 2010.
The best of the Dave Robicheaux novels draw on deep roots into the antebellum South, long-standing class and racial divisions, mystical visions on the bayou, an unquenchable will for justice, Clete Purcel operating like a one-man demolition derby, and some of the slimiest villains ever conceived and described. Usually, I find one of the elements to seem under or over developed. Not this time. The Glass Rainbow is just right, and I strongly urge you to read and enjoy the book.
Dave is trying to find out who has been killing "throwaway" young women. At the same time, he's deeply disturbed that Alafair, his adopted daughter, is spending time with Kermit Abelard, who seems just right to Alafair . . . but all wrong to Dave. If that sounds like a plot that isn't very deep, you should remember that ninety percent of icebergs stay out of sight. Ultimately, the book succeeds as a dark and desperately pessimistic portrayal of the evil that men do. Unfortunately, it rings true. And that's the book's greatness.
One of the particular strengths of the book is the way that James Lee Burke lets you use your imagination to fill in the blanks that describe the ugliness that has been and is going on.
The action scenes are among the best that Mr. Burke has ever written. Two in particular will stay with you for a long time to come.
Bravo, Mr. Burke!
The Glass Rainbow ticks all the boxes. Burke's descriptive style and restricted range of players forces the reader to either embrace the characterisations and their context or miss the plot almost entirely. Whatever the reality, Burke's portrayal of New Orleans' history, its people and places, the continuing racial undercurrents and its own class struggles, and the bringing of all that to a modern crime drama come across as convincing and compelling. Dave Robicheaux's world maybe a little fanciful, although Burke has a way of persuading one otherwise, but it is far from the fantasy that has seemingly overtaken other contemporary crime writers, there is enough to hang onto here to believe in the possibility that such events might occur.
If you are prepared to spend time getting to know Dave Robicheaux's world then Burke will paint you a romantic picture of some of the best and worst living conditions in America today, and go on to explain why they are the way they are as with the people who inhabit them. Meanwhile, the action scenes are as graphic and as gripping as any you might read. But it is in the dialogue that Burke really sharpens his attack, with the occasional passage that harks back to the very best of Hammett and Spillane, maybe even transcends it.Read more ›
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I bought this book because the latest Jack Reacher books were a disappointment for me. Though I liked and understood the person of Dave Robicheaux, the storytelling was at places... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jon
The noir genre is one that revels in being over written, just balancing the ripeness of phrase with a compelling crime narrative is key. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sam Tyler
Up to the usual standard of the greatest writer on the planet!!Published 6 months ago by Derek Westwood
Right up to the authors standard, a bit long winded in parts with history lessonsPublished 7 months ago by maksipup
Another great story from James Lee Burke. The plot line twists and turns and is populated by a cast of good and guys vying to prevail. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Gregor William Hunter
As always, an excellent read and many threads interwoven throughout the tale.Published 9 months ago by Demille
Excellent quality. Would not hesitate to use supplier again.Published 9 months ago by sylvia fitzwilliam