The Glass Rainbow (Dave Robicheaux Series #18)

The Glass Rainbow (Dave Robicheaux Series #18)

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The Glass Rainbow (Dave Robicheaux Series #18) by James Lee Burke, Will Patton

The creator of “one of America’s best mystery series” (Library Journal, starred review), New York Times bestselling author James Lee Burke features Louisiana detective Dave Robicheaux in a “superlative” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) bayou thriller.

The brutal murders of seven young women in a neighboring parish pull Robicheaux from his New Iberia home into a case with all the telltale signs of a serial killer. Except that one of the victims, a high school honors student, doesn’t fit. Investigating with his friend Clete Purcel, Robicheaux confronts Herman Stanga, a notorious pimp and crack dealer—but shocking violence sends the already blood-soaked case spiraling out of control. And with his daughter, Alafair, in love with a man who has dangerous ties to a once prominent Louisiana family, every dark fear Robicheaux harbors for himself and his daughter are on the precipice of becoming reality.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442304291
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication date: 07/13/2010
Series: Dave Robicheaux Series , #18
Edition description: Abridged, 6 CDs
Product dimensions: 5.88(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

James Lee Burke, a rare winner of two Edgar Awards, and named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, is the author of thirty previous novels and two collections of short stories, including such New York Times bestsellers as The Glass Rainbow, Swan Peak, The Tin Roof Blowdown, Last Car to Elysian Fields, and Rain Gods. He lives in Missoula, Montana.


New Iberia, Louisiana and Missoula, Montana

Date of Birth:

December 5, 1936

Place of Birth:

Houston, Texas


B.A., University of Missouri, 1959; M.A., University of Missouri, 1960

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The Glass Rainbow (Dave Robicheaux Series #18) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 218 reviews.
NOLA_book_lover More than 1 year ago
My family is from New Orleans, Louisiana, and in his Dave Robicheaux mysteries--espepcially the Tin Roof Blow Down and his latest, The Glass Rainbow--James Lee Burke shows that he is second to none when it comes to empathy and reverence for Bayou country. The language he uses to express what many of us take for granted as a way of life makes me homesick every time. I don't need to summarize the events of the book here because there's already a description on this site--but what I will say is, James Lee Burke has written an amazing, heartfelt, philosophical, and thrilling ode to Louisiana in The Glass Rainbow, and if you love Dave Robicheaux, or even if you've never heard of him, you will find the perfect mix of literature, suspense, emotion, intrigue, and above all, atmosphere, in this novel. I was blown away.
WGGK More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written. There were passages of poetic prose that brought me to tears. The book is full of wisdoms and insights into human nature. The story is a page turner and compelling. James Lee Burke is such an intelligent man. I know he is getting up in years and I dread the day there will be no more books from James Lee Burke.
nancymitchell More than 1 year ago
This is a book that I would highly recommend to be read when not alone! This is a suspense-filled thriller, a terrifying trip into the darkest depths of depravity. The bodies of seven women who have been raped and mutilated have been found in the town of Iberia Parish, La. Dave Robicheaux, the deputy sheriff, finds that in the end that his intuition, learned from years in the field and his proven power many times over, are really the only tools he can trust in this tale of betrayal, conspiracy and violence. A Page turner!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Glass Rainbow is James Lee Burke's best book to date! How does he do it? Jim is truly a masterful story teller, with a keen sense of setting, and an eerie foresight into human nature. The often proclaimed 'poet of the mystery novel' has done it again.
silencedogoodreturns More than 1 year ago
I have read ALL of Mr Burke's books, and enjoyed getting my "fix" reading his latest here. Something put me off a bit about this book, however, though I'm not sure what it was. It may be the flights from logic that are creeping up more in his books, but they still come across more like literature than pulp fiction, so I'll continue to buy. I think he'd be better served by getting a new PR firm - having the jacket (and here on B&N) read "already being hailed as perhaps the best novel in the Robicheaux series" is completely bogus. Who is hailing it thus? How could it be hailed as such before the book has even been on the market? Maybe that's what put me in a sour mood.
AvidReaderTH More than 1 year ago
Finished the book yesterday and while I was troubled with the ending I believe this is the best book James Lee Burke has ever written.
KenCady More than 1 year ago
James Lee Burke has brought me great pleasure with many of his previous books. So many of them have earned five stars from me as I have been in awe of his writing and his storytelling. The Glass Rainbow doesn't make that list, but I still thought it was a pretty good book. There are flashes of the stellar writing, but the characters and the plot didn't quite add up for me. I think Burke stretched himself in creating this story, perhaps under a time bind or simply an off day. So, when you are used to five star books, a four star seems slightly disappointing, but I have to get a grip here- four stars is still pretty good. But plausible plots and beautiful writing get you five stars.
Woodworker37 More than 1 year ago
Please keep writing in your style; no one came come close to the plots, characters, locations, and the thrill of reading.
Tricia_W More than 1 year ago
James Lee Burke continues the Dave Robicheaux Novels with what promises to be the most eerie and gruesome addition to the series so far. The Glass Rainbow is a must read for fans of the series. This book is going to make changes in Robicheaux's life that are going to impact every book that follows. Dave Robicheaux, and those closest to him, will never be the same. The bodies of seven women who have been raped and mutilated have been found in the town of Iberia Parish, where Dave Robicheaux is the deputy sheriff. As Robicheaux works his way through a list of the usual suspects the case takes a few surprising turns. The Glass Rainbow builds an intricate web of suspense, with several obstacles to be overcome as Robicheaux's personal life and professional life collide head on. He finds that in the end his gut-feeling, his intuition, learned from years in the field and rarely wrong, are really the only tools he can trust in this tale of betrayal, conspiracy and violence. Robicheaux watches as the case takes some bizarre twists, setting up those around him to become accused and plunging the reader into the darkest fathoms of Louisiana's brutal, sadistic underbelly. His best friend and fellow investigator, Clete, is accused in the murder of one of the men on their suspect list, leaving Robicheaux alone in his search for a serial killer... or killers. It isn't long before he finds himself the target of a criminal mastermind's wicked schemes. The plot continues to thicken as more bodies turn up, and not just murdered women; suspects and friends have become just as much a target of the violent, masochistic killer, making it obvious that this case is personal. Just as Robicheaux becomes convinced that he's onto the scheme, the tide turns on him and bodies disappear just as quickly as they pop up, leaving his constituents wondering if the respected lawman has perhaps lost his mind. It turns out that Robicheaux is not only looking for a serial murderer and rapist, but for someone who is one step ahead of him in the game, someone who has the power to call in professionals-and they have no problem going after a small town deputy and everyone close to him. Someone who seems to know exactly how Robicheaux works and thinks and who is bent on ensnaring him in a brilliant, well-laid trap. Bringing the case a little too close to home he also realizes that his own daughter, Alafair, might be directly in the path of the crazed and perverted serial killer. Robicheaux finds that he must get his own hands dirty in order to save those he knows are innocent, and to protect those he loves. He must take everything he knows, everything that training and instinct tells him to do--his very own nature, and reverse it in order to throw the murderer off balance and ensnare him, or them, in a trap of his own brilliant design. But it might just be too late, The Glass Rainbow wraps up with events that will forever change, not only the deputy sheriff himself, but everyone he holds dear. A lasting impact on all of their lives and on future novels. James Lee Burke has once again proven his talent for creating masterful, intricate mysteries that draw the reader in. This book is a twisting, turning, suspense-filled thriller. A terrifying roller coaster ride that takes the reader on a nightmarish trip into the darkest depths of human depravity. This a book that I would highly recommend, but not for reading at night, and particularly not when alone.
Anonymous 8 months ago
This is the first book I've read in the series, but I have more of the Robicheaux novels to get to. It gripped my attention. The author weaves a tangled web of secrets and deceptions and of crime and corruption. There are multiple characters introduced who are eventually killed off, but they are not the traditional heroes or villians types. So the result is that the line between good and evil is blurred. The multitude of storylines makes it confusing to keep track of them as they develop. The resolution tries to tie up the various threads together while leaving one concern unresolved. It is a thrill ride overall, with many twists and turns throughout that will keep readers guessing. The aspect that unifies the whole and propels it forward is the writing, which is alternately evocative, reflective, nostalgic, and tense.
birds123_74 More than 1 year ago
I do like most of his books.Just can't keep track of all his wife's
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May be this author's best.
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ToriG1 More than 1 year ago
This is James Lee at his best..Loved the story and love Dave and Clete, loved that Alafair played a major role in the plot..
GeorgiaPops More than 1 year ago
Just now reading this book. But, I am far enough along to know the book is worth recommending. Burke has a way of setting the scene so you can form a picture in your mind. As a southerner, I find some of his characters totally believable and the plots realistic. This is probably my 4th book by Burke. Look foreword to his other works.