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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,750 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Lee Burke Narrator: Will Patton Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Dave Robicheaux Series Release Date: July 2010 ISBN: 9781442304307
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Beloved hero Detective Dave Robicheaux returns to his roots, becoming entangled in a series of murders connected with an ex-convict turned bestselling author. Another bestselling triumph from James Lee Burke.

A brilliant prose stylist, a preternaturally sensitive student of human nature, and a storyteller of the highest rank, James Lee Burke has created one of the classic characters of American fiction. Driven by a keen sense of right and wrong, forever in conflict with his twin demons of alcoholism and rage, Detective Dave Robicheaux is a flawed yet singularly sympathetic hero.

Detective Dave Robicheaux is back home in New Iberia Parish and once again on the trail of a killer. But when his best friend is accused of murder and his daughter gets involved with some shady business, Robicheaux will need to muster every ounce of guts, wit, and investigative chops he has to solve the case. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The sights, smells, and sounds of the Louisiana bayous become sensory experiences in Burke’s novels.” 

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A must read for fans of the series.” 

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer 

  • “In the last half, Burke kicks into another gear: superb suspense leading to a gripping, set-piece finale that is a masterpiece of texture and mood, with the high-energy climax in the foreground both contrasted against and supported by the intensely lyrical, heavily melancholic prose that swells and recedes underneath the action. Not to be missed by any follower of the landmark series.” 

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “This is an outstanding addition to one of America’s best mystery series. Burke fans will not be disappointed.” 

    Library Journal (starred review) 

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2011 Macavity Award Nominee for Best Mystery Novel
  • One of the 2010 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books: Mysteries

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Agnes | 2/17/2014

    " Did Dave and Clete make it? Or are there more books in future? Dave is getting 'long in the tooth' for all his escapades. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed Bellamy | 2/8/2014

    " Listening to the James LEE Burke books are incredible, I can't get enough. This again was another great Burke novel. What I enjoyed so much about this book was the focus on Clete. He is a great character and instead of Dave always coming to Clete's rescue the roles were reversed. Burke has a way of making us really feel what is going on in the characters lives. His descriptions are so detailed you almost feel sorry for some of the criminals. Sure at the end you usually know the outcomes but Burke seems to put things in perspective. This was enjoyable to listen to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Loie | 2/4/2014

    " I love the descriptions that James Lee Burke uses in his books. He can describe the same physical area in so many different ways, using different words and comparison yet making each one unique. Dave Robicheaux is the protagonist in yet another murder/mystery series book. He needs to discover who is behind the murder of some young women in Jefferson Davis Parrish. Along with his best friend Clete Purcel he travels the roads of southern Louisiana, introducing the reader to characters such as the Abelards, Vider Perkins and Emma Pochet. A good book with lots of twists and turns. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greta Roussos | 1/26/2014

    " Now one of my favorite stories by JL Burke, The Glass Rainbow made a recent trip to Canada with me and brought even more excitement to being away from home. If you're familiar with his characters, then I won't spoil the book for you by pointing out who was missing and wondering out loud why? If you're new to Robideaux, then you're not going to miss anything and enjoy a great writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lladroluv | 1/25/2014

    " Love Dave Robicheaux & Clete Purcel! Love Will Patton reading James Lee Burke! Pretty much like his other books but there is comfort in it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maryellen Woodside | 1/24/2014

    " Wow! James Lee Burke can write a wonderful literate mystery story. The Glass Rainbow explores Dave Robicheaus's relationship with his adopted daughter, Alafair, and his old friend Clete Purcel. Alafair is writing a novel and becomes involved with a local man, Kermit Abelard, who Dave dislikes. Add in a murder investigation and a possible serial killer and you have a fascinating read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doneen | 1/9/2014

    " Love these characters and this series. The ending was upsetting (for obvious reasons), but I'm hoping I'm just mis-interpreting what happens. His book about Hurricane Katrina is, for me, the definitive book about the event. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lou Stefano | 1/5/2014

    " Didn't read this book yet. Star rating was an error. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phil | 1/4/2014

    " The latest book in the Dave Robicheaux series and by far the most poignant of them all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 12/18/2013

    " Interesting main character, lush overblown writing, that really works. The tension builds, had to keep reading until the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mischelle | 12/12/2013

    " Another treat by Burke! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Libby | 12/8/2013

    " Good ole juicy new orleans slice of reality.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meg | 12/7/2013

    " Maybe the best Dave Robicheaux yet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joel Brumfield | 2/13/2013

    " James Lee Burke is currently my favorite author! Excellent series and I really enjoy the Dave robicheaux character! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shruts | 10/21/2012

    " More introspection and obsessive-compulsion from South Louisiana's most troubled cop, all with a nail-biting cliff-hanging ending. Not to be missed by Robicheaux fans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elli | 9/22/2012

    " I like James Lee burke as an author. I have for years. I feel familiar with the situations and characters. Some say this is his best book ever. And it could be. At least it's one of the top. There are a couple others that I think are particularly outstanding, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki | 9/14/2012

    " This was the best Dave Robicheaux book yet. I think I figured out what really happened at the end, but I will be so sad if this is the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adelaide Muro | 7/30/2012

    " I love all his books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas Roth | 7/23/2012

    " Tn excellent thriller. Well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jari | 4/5/2012

    " I wouldn't mind listening to this one again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonathan | 3/14/2012

    " Maybe the best book in this series since Black Cherry Blues. Brilliant and insightful. Full of surprises, even for longtime fans. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane Fanning | 2/6/2012

    " Fabulous! But I am so biased! James Lee Burke is my favorite novelist and I can't get enough of his Dave Robicheaux series. He does not disappoint with this latest offering. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colin Kemmis | 8/28/2011

    " awesome. more about characters and settings than plot. high body count and lots of inward struggles. amazing "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Swire | 6/27/2011

    " I had to re-read this book because I thought Dave died at the end, and Burke's new book, Creole Belle, was just released...about Dave. I am happily corrected. A great book, and now I can happily read the new Robicheaux book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachael | 4/22/2011

    " First book i have read by Burke and enjoyed it. I love to read southern based novels and authors. Just something about the south that makes a book so much more beautiful. Good suspence, was trying the whole way thru to try a figure out who did it. Good Read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darla | 4/21/2011

    " I would read anything by James Lee Burke. He never lets me down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marvin | 4/15/2011

    " This is my first James Lee Burke novel and it won't be my last. Mr. Burke's use of language is phenominal. This book had me captivated from the very beginning and I found myself living the story through the eyes of Dave Robicheaux and his sidekick Clete Purcel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 4/4/2011

    " It may have taken a bit longer to read,
    But it was well worth it. Loved the twist and turns this book took. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 3/25/2011

    " I've read all of Burke's books.
    He does a great job of setting scenes and building climaxes but generally the end comes about too quickly - left thinking what happened there?

    So JL a little less build up and a little more ending! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 3/24/2011

    " I love this character, and have been reading the series since 1979. If you read them, start at the beginning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank | 3/1/2011

    "
    Another great entry in a great series.

    Already ready for the next one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lou | 2/19/2011

    " Makes Southern Louisiana come alive. Dave Robicheaux and his pal Clete Purcel do their usual damage to the bad guys. Great story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 2/14/2011

    " It was good, much better than the previous one but still too much philosophy which slows the story down. I found myself skipping whole paragraphs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mailmanr5 | 2/14/2011

    " One of the best if not THE best in the series. "

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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

Will Patton is an award–winning actor who has narrated audiobooks by such authors as Charles Frazier, Larry McMurtry, Don DeLillo, and Ernest Hemingway. He has won thirty-two AudioFile Earphones Award for his narrations. His numerous film credits include Remember the Titans, The Punisher, The Mothman Prophesies, Armageddon, and The Spitfire Grill. He starred in the TNT miniseries Into the West and on the CBS series The Agency and won Obie Awards in the theater for his performances in Fool for Love and What Did He See.