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4.00039154267815 out of 54.00039154267815 out of 54.00039154267815 out of 54.00039154267815 out of 54.00039154267815 out of 5 4.00 (2,554 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Lee Burke Narrator: Mark Hammer Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Dave Robicheaux Series Release Date: June 2012 ISBN: 9781442356146
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Cajun police detective Dave Robicheaux knows the Sonnier family of New Iberia—their connections to the CIA, the mob, and to a former Klansman now running for state office. And he knows their past, as dark and murky as a night on the Louisiana bayou.

An assassination attempt and the death of a cop draw Robicheaux into the Sonniers’ dangerous web of madness, murder, and incest. But Robicheaux has devils of his own. And they’ve come out of hiding to destroy the tormented investigator—and the two people he holds most dear.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “American crime fiction has no finer prose stylist than James Lee Burke, and he has never been better than A Stained White Radiance.” 

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • “James Lee Burke is the best writer of detective fiction on the American scene and A Stained White Radiance is proof.” 

    San Francisco Examiner

  • “James Lee Burke is the Matthew Arnold of mystery writers: his world has become a lesser place, and though it’s still possible to make a separate peace, Arnold’s ‘eternal note of sadness’ keeps ringing in our ears.” 

    Booklist

  • “A wholly original tale of crime and revenge, inside and outside the law. This series keeps getting stronger and stronger.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Good | 2/16/2014

    " The metaphors are beautiful. The characters were not as fully developed as in other books by Burke and the story line was weaker. However, the reader did a good job and the language is beautiful enough that it more than makes up. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sherri | 2/15/2014

    " Hard to get into and hard to follow "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan Kearns | 2/10/2014

    " Some great parts in this one, but the time/memory/history theme is in the background. I'm going to take a break from Detective Robicheaux for a bit. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Greta Roussos | 2/7/2014

    " The multiple plots lines weren't as interesting as in the three other books I've read by him to date. New Orleans, it's residents & visitors make colorful characters even if their lives of crime are less than fascinating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Green | 2/2/2014

    " He is just a wonderful writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mikel | 1/6/2014

    " Beautiful. Burke is often at his best when he pulls in characters from walks of life (a la the CIA) that so nicely contrast his home grown characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 1/4/2014

    " Not my favorite Dave Robicheaux novel, but an enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 1/4/2014

    " Another good Dave Robicheaux novel set in New Orleans and Baton Rouge. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erich Sysak | 12/27/2013

    " JLB is my favorite crime writer and can do no wrong. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 12/20/2013

    " I probably need to take a break from Robicheaux, but I won't. I enjoy Burke's books, and this one is a good representation of his style, though as I have complained before I get tired of different characters having similar choices of words. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Salvatore Leone | 12/6/2013

    " There are a lot of mysteries/thrillers set in Louisiana and this does not necessarily stand out from others I've read but it is still interesting, with some suspense, and lots of well written characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca Martin | 12/1/2013

    " Too many overtones of the supernatural for me to find it very credible. Of historical interest, but by no means my favorite by Burke. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Boni | 11/30/2013

    " Enjoy this series and listened to most while travelig to Mexico "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mailmanr5 | 11/22/2013

    " This series just keeps getting better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam | 11/15/2013

    " Another strong entry in a strong series. Dave gets more introspective as the series goes on, giving Burke a chance to explore issues of social justice and the societal dysfunction of the rural south. Good crime story too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 9/27/2013

    " Burke reminds me again and again why he is such a great writer. His literary style within such a formulaic genre is nothing short of amazing. This book represents some of his best work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 9/11/2013

    " I like JLB's lyrical prose. I can almost smell that marsh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas | 8/21/2013

    " i could read Mr. Burke's books all day every day and never ever get bored.a stained white radiance was a fantastic read with great words. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 7/21/2013

    " I really liked the characters in this book and love when they refer back to his childhood. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick | 7/12/2013

    " Another good Dave Robichaux novel. Recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 TexasMargarita | 6/20/2013

    " Worth the time it takes to read. I set about one summer trying to read all the ones in my library, and all the ones I could find at half price books- I did a pretty good job of finding them all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chawkins | 6/10/2013

    " another great James burke read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lysergius | 4/5/2013

    " Burke never fails to entertain. Though his tales are becoming a trifle formulaic, they are saved by the development of the central characters Dave and Cletus... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nancy | 3/6/2013

    " Nancy - to read; Ron - 4 stars "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/16/2013

    " Another great installment of Dave Robicheaux. I am absolutely hooked on this guy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 11/24/2012

    " My husband tried reading a couple of this series and felt Dave Robicheaux was a 'bum'. I agree he is a dark character [sort a mix between Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry and Tom Selleck's Jesse Stone]. I enjoy they take place in Louisiana and like the way Dave doesn't take any crap. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helen | 10/23/2012

    " Read for Novel class. Not my usual pick, but has a Louisiana noir vibe that's easy to read. First person past tense POV isn't irritatingly dense like some other books I've read recently. Overall I liked it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pat Murray | 8/22/2012

    " First time reading this writer. I had a hard time with dialect and local vernacular. I found his pace very slow until the last 125 pages. The plot was all over the place and not easy to tie all the subplots and characters together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanean | 8/4/2012

    " Very good writing. Terrific Story. This was my first Burke book and I have already checked another out to start soon! "

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About the Author
Author James Lee Burke

James Lee Burke James Lee Burke, a rare winner of two Edgar Awards and named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, is the author of more than thirty novels and two collections of short stories, including the New York Times bestsellers Creole Belle, Dixie City Jam, The Glass Rainbow, Rain Gods, Pegasus Descending, The Tin Roof Blowdown, Feast Day of Fools, and more.. His novel The Lost-Get Back Boogie was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and two of his books, Heaven’s Prisoners and Two for Texas, have been made into motion pictures.

About the Narrator

Mark Hammer has had long and distinguished career in the theater. After earning an undergraduate degree from Stanford University, he completed an MFA degree at Catholic University. For twenty-three years after that, he served on the drama faculty at that university and as co-chairman of its MFA acting program. For the last sixteen of those years, he was also a member of the resident acting company at Washington, DC’s Arena Stage. There, he had significant roles in both classic and contemporary dramas. He was twice nominated for the Helen Hayes Award for his performances in Cloud Nine and The Wild Duck. He has also appeared in several Broadway plays. Hammer was proud to be chosen to narrate the opening film of the permanent exhibit for the National Holocaust Museum.