Review of LIGHT OF THE WORLD by James Lee Burke

A violent picture of evil. At Murder Beach Mystery Reviews.

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Comment by Dan L. Coleman on September 10, 2013 at 3:15pm

Of course, his characters usually go right to the precipice of the fantastic and occult, then stay in bounds of reality. If they went over, I wouldn't read him. But they don't, so they maximize the extremes of humanity, making them kind of fascinating.

Comment by William Wilde on September 9, 2013 at 12:27pm

Robert B. Parker ran into a similar problem with his Spenser series. It's hard to keep the characters and dialogue from becoming repetitive when an author does so many books in the same series. Even so, this was one of Burke's best overall.

Comment by Dan L. Coleman on September 9, 2013 at 6:32am

Read it two weeks ago. My favorite crime novelist. Classic Robicheaux, without the Louisiana setting. But as I mentioned in an earlier post, the characters are beginning to sound alike, so glib, colorful in language, all like gifted speakers. The master slips.

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