Light of the World by James Burke – review

Light of the worldJames Burke’s Light of the World arrives in paperback this week and it’s been so well rated by Leeds Readers, (9 reviews all 5*) it’s highly recommended if you missed it when it first came out last year.

‘New York Times bestselling author and “America’s best novelist” (The Denver Post) James Lee Burke is back with the twentieth mystery in the masterful Dave Robicheaux series’ “Over the years, he’s grown more messianic, his books more biblical”.  Light of the World is certainly full of fire and brimstone ….

When Detective Dave Robicheaux’s daughter, Alafair, declares her intention to interview a convicted serial killer called Asa Surrette in his Kansas prison cell, he does all he can to dissuade her. Dave has always encouraged her ambitions as a writer, but as a father he doesn’t want her to be exposed to a man so nakedly evil. And his fears seem well founded when Alafair is visibly shocked by the encounter. Two years later, the horror Surrette evoked is all but forgotten, as Dave, his wife Molly and Alafair are vacationing amidst the natural beauty of Montana. But evil, it seems, has followed them into this wild paradise.

Wayfaring strangerIf you enjoy it, why not read Burke’s latest novel  Wayfaring stranger, also arriving this week.

West Texas in 1934,  a fateful encounter between the narrator, Weldon Avery Holland, and the notorious Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker – a meeting which ends with the 16-year-old Holland putting a bullet through the windscreen of Clyde’s stolen automobile. Weldon’s education in the evils that men – and women – are capable of continues as we move to the Ardennes Forest and the Battle of the Bulge in 1944, where Second Lieutenant Weldon Holland saves his sergeant, Hershel Pine, from death by suffocation when he is buried alive in his foxhole under the treads of a Waffen SS Tiger tank.