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The Glass Rainbow summary The Glass Rainbow, series The Glass Rainbow, book The Glass Rainbow, pdf The Glass Rainbow, The Glass Rainbow cac53a89e9 James Lee Burke S Eagerly Awaited New Novel Finds Detective Dave Robicheaux Back In New Iberia, Louisiana, And Embroiled In The Most Harrowing And Dangerous Case Of His Career Seven Young Women In Neighboring Jefferson Davis Parish Have Been Brutally Murdered While The Crimes Have All The Telltale Signs Of A Serial Killer, The Death Of Bernadette Latiolais, A High School Honor Student, Doesn T Fit She Is Not The Kind Of Hapless And Marginalized Victim Psychopaths Usually Prey Upon Robicheaux And His Best Friend, Clete Purcel, Confront Herman Stanga, A Notorious Pimp And Crack Dealer Whom Both Men Despise When Stanga Turns Up Dead Shortly After A Fierce Beating By Purcel, In Front Of Numerous Witnesses, The Case Takes A Nasty Turn, And Clete S Career And Life Are Hanging By Threads Over The Abyss Adding To Robicheaux S Troubles Is The Matter Of His Daughter, Alafair, Who Is On Leave From Stanford Law To Put The Finishing Touches On Her Novel Her Literary Pursuit Has Led Her Into The Arms Of Kermit Abelard, Celebrated Novelist And Scion Of A Once Prominent Louisiana Family Whose Fortunes Are Slowly Sinking Into The Corruption Of Louisiana S Subculture Abelard S Association With Bestselling Ex Convict Author Robert Weingart, A Man Who Uses And Discards People Like Kleenex, Causes Robicheaux To Fear That Alafair Might Be Destroyed By The Man She Loves As His Daughter Seems To Drift Away From Him, He Wonders If He Has Become A Victim Of His Own Paranoia But As Usual, Robicheaux S Instincts Are Proven Correct And He Finds Himself Dealing With A Level Of Evil That Is Greater Than Any Enemy He Has Confronted In The Past.Set Against The Backdrop Of An Edenic Paradise Threatened By Pernicious Forces, James Lee Burke S The Glass Rainbow Is Already Being Hailed As Perhaps The Best Novel In The Robicheaux Series.


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    The evening sky was streaked with purple, the color of torn plums, and a light rain had started to fall when I came to the end of the blacktop road that cut through twenty miles of thick, almost impenetrable scrub oak and pine and stopped at the front gate of Angola penitentiary This is the opening line to what became a long relationship between myself and Dave Robicheaux It all begins with The Neon Rain and though not his best book, he peaks in the middle of the series somewhere around Black Cherry Blues it is still where a reader must begin I love his prose He shares his vision of Louisiana with the reader with descriptive terminology that brings Louisiana right to the arm of your reading chair Now as pretty as he makes Louisiana sound he also describes the dark underbelly of the Big Easy One moment you want to spend time gazing around the state with poetry in your mind and the next minute you want to put the car in gear and smoke your tires getting away from there as fast as possible Alec Baldwin playing Dave Robicheaux in Heaven s PrisonersNow Dave is a drunk that has worked his way back to sobriety I learned about addictive behavior and the daily battle that must be waged to stay sober in the first few books of this series than I have in any other novels that touch on the subject It is an on going theme through out the series and Dave in all his imperfections does occasionally stumble I had a friend who is in the program describe it to me one time The guy in his brain who wants to drink is in a cage and all he is doing while he is in that cage is doing push ups and pull ups and getting stronger and as long as you know that he is stronger than when you last met him you hope the fear of seeing him unleashed will keep you walking the line Tommy Lee Jones playing Dave Robicheaux In the Electric Mist Clete Purcel is Dave s friend and partner, though by the time of The Glass Rainbow , Clete has long since been mustered out of the police force, but when the chips are down he is still the guy that Dave wants watching his back For Dave the line dividing legal and illegal police behavior does blur, but for Clete the laws of the land are always secondary to his own ideas of justice Dave spends a good bit of time trying to keep Clete out of trouble Both have their heart in the right place, but the same demon drives both of them and seeing people hurt or disadvantaged people under the thumb of those with all the advantages brings out the worst and best in them In his own mind, Clete was still a cop His mistakes at NOPD, his history of addiction and vigilantism and involvement with biker girls and junkie strippers and street skells of every stripe all seemed to disappear from his memory, as though the justice of his cause were absolution enough and his misdeeds were simply burnt offerings that should not be held against him In The Glass Rainbow Dave and Clete find themselves investigating the murder of several young girls An ex con Robert Weingart, who was freed from prison by the intervention of the Abelard family, is the focus of the investigation He was released after writing a book that was compared to Soul on Ice and the state decided that he was reformedenough Kermit Abelard is dating Alafair, the daughter of Dave Robicheaux He is wealthy, attractive, a published writer, and emotionally available to an impressionable young lady Kermit just happens to prefer going to the bed sheet rodeo with Robert Weingart Needless to say Alafair may be a modern woman, but she ain t that modern As the investigation continues it becomes evident that the real reason these girls are turning up dead has to do with a land deal that would allow an ethanol plant to be built Scumbags, professional cleaners, an ex college tennis player, a rich ex cop, a crooked prison guard, old money and new money all figure in the plot of the novel As they weave their way through the investigation Dave and Clete find themselves on both sides of the law As the lies unravel for all those involved the desperation of the liars and our heroes comes to one last stand where even I was wondering if this was going to be the last Dave Robicheaux novel James Lee BurkeJames Lee Burke does weave some philosophy into all his novels Those moments of self reflection which Dave has as he tries to determine if he is doing good than harm In that moment, when watches and clocks misbehave and you feel a cold vapor wrap itself around your heart, you unconsciously draw a line at the bottom of a long column of numbers and come up with a sum Perhaps it s one that fills you with contentment and endows you with a level of courage and an acceptance that you didn t know you possessed Or maybe not If you re lucky, at a certain age you finally learn not to contend with the world or try to explain that the application of reason has little or nothing to do with the realities that exist just on the other side of one s fingertips It has been my experience that most human stories are circular rather than linear Regardless of the path we choose, we somehow end up where we commenced in part, I suspect, because the child who lives in us goes along for the ride Dave Robicheaux and Clete Purcel are crusaders, broken, flawed, wonderful men who have their own idea of justice and frequently pay the price for doing their best to keep people safe In the immortal words of Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men You want me on that wall I do with utmost certainty want Dave and Clete on that wall.


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    This is the eighteenth entry in James Lee Burke s series featuring Dave Robicheaux, a detective in the sheriff s department in New Iberia, Louisiana, and it s distinguished principally by the fact that both Robicheaux and his long time running buddy, Clete Purcel, are feeling their age and sensing that the end is near.As always in these books, the atmosphere looms large and, as has been the case in several of them, Dave s own family is at grave personal risk In this case, it s his adopted daughter, Alafair, who is home on a break from college and struggling to complete a novel Alafair begins a relationship with Kermit Abelard, the son of a family that has long constituted something of the local aristocracy Dave has always had a chip on his shoulder when it comes to folks like the Abelards whom he feels have exploited the people and the land of his beloved native state for their own personal gain Needless to say, then, Dave is not at all happy about Alafair s relationship with Abelard, and he s even less excited about the fact that the Abelards are hosting Robert Weingart, an ex con turned writer who s being celebrated as the next great prison writer Dave refuses to believe that Weingart has reformed and he believes that the Abelards are dupes or worse for allowing Weingart into their home But naturally, when Dave attempts to warn Alafair of his concerns, she revolts against him and Dave runs the risk of losing his daughter.Meanwhile, Dave is investigating the savage killings of several young local women No one else seems to care at all about these victims, all of whom came from disadvantaged circumstances, but Dave is determined to pursue the cases, even though most of them lay outside of his jurisdiction As always, Clete Purcel, who serves as Dave s alter ego, plays his usual role and blasts through the book like the proverbial bull in a china shop There s a real chance that Clete s antics are finally going to catch up with him here, and all of these complex threads come together in a shattering climax.In many ways, this story will seem familiar to those who have been following this series since the beginning But what sets this book apart are the clear intimations of the mortality of the two main characters Dave and Clete have been battling their way through a vicious and wicked world for a very long time now, and it seems clear to them as well as to the reader, that they will not be able to continue doing so for very much longer.


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    David Robicheaux needs to find who is behind the death of women in Jefferson Davis Parish.David our main protagonist, a veteran detective who s seen the evil that men do and has had his own demons to battle with in the past, he has scars thorough life than any one man would want to accumulate He s still living and walking the earth, he s strong will, good character and fight for survival is testament to this.In the search for the guilty very bad men emerge from the shadows.Fingers start pointing onto the direction of Herman Stanga a creep of the highest order who s responsible for wrecking thousands of lives and has enemy from all corners of society.Another bad apple Vidor Perkins, a sociopath with a very stained life becomes a problem for David as he makes threats and scares his precious daughter Alafair.David has concerns for his family and needs to wrap this matter up sooner than later.The death toll of suspects rises As the body count increases the scope of suspicion lies in even bigger circles.There maybe some powerful hands who are the real controllers of the whole nasty web, a powerful family.Clete Purcel his ex partner in upholding the law steps onto the scene and becomes part of the web He s a great addition to this story I only wished I opened a chapter into the character David Robicheaux s life sooner than this I took to reading this novel now as I had creole belle to read before release, wanting the run down on this Bayou saga This story is epic it covers than just a crime One thing for sure is have James Lee Burke up there as a writer in the league of his own.He writes with characters who are very human, with flaws but in the end have heart He draws your attention and has the spotlight on injustices in history, those that society left behind and the poor and the weak The pages in this story are filled with atmosphere and deeply layered writing, he can write so well and the story telling never bores You feel him really talking to you and immersing you in the story.I had felt a sense of place that I did not want to leave, the wonderful descriptions of the Bayou will remain I hope for time I am just planning now to one day visit the Bayou Teche describe within these pages.David and Clete need to work together and uncover every hole and look in any cracks David needs to safeguard his family with his life.The Bobbsey Twins David and Clete from Homicide are forever ExcerptsHerman Stanga described Herman was one of those singular individuals for whom there is no adequate categorical description He deliberately created addiction among his own people by giving what he called entrepreneurial start up flake to teenage dealers He encouraged his rock queens to eat fried food so their extra weight would signal to their customers that they were AIDS free He pimped off his white girls to black johns and his black girls to white johns Harry Truman integrated the united states army I m taking multiculturalism and equal opportunity to a much higher level, he liked to say A few excerpts that describe Clete Purcel Clete was the libidinous trickster of folklore, the elephantine buffoon, the bane of the Mob and all misogynists and child molessters, the brain scror he d jar head who talked with a dead mamasan on his fire escape, the nemesis of authority figures and anyone who sought power over others, a one man demolition derby who had driven an earth grader through the walls of a mobsters palatial home on Lake Pontchartrain and systematically ground the entire building into rubble Or at least that was the persona he created for the world to see But in reality Clete Purcel was a tragedy His enemys were many gangsters, vindictive cops, and insurance companies who wanted him off the board Klansmen and neo Nazis had tried to kill him A stripper he had befriended dosed him with the clap He had been shanked, shot, garrotted, and tortured A United States congressmen tried to have him sent to Angola But all of the aforementioned were amateurs when it came to hurting Clete Purcel Clete s most dangerous adversary lived in his own breast Clete dealt with problematic situations among his clientele in the way a field surgeon would treat a gangrenous wound, or perhaps in the way a nurse in a third world typhus ward would treat her patients He clicked off a switch in his head and did not think about what his eyes saw and what his thoughts told him and what his hands were required by necessity to do This is a thought provoking little excerpt As I sat on the steps David with Snuggs and Tripod, I wondered if those soldiers of long ago were still out there, beckoning to us, daring us to witness their morality, daring us to acknowledge that it would soon be ours I have had visions of them that I do not try to explain to other Sometimes I thought I heard cries and shouts and the sounds of musket fire in the mist, because the Union soldiers who marched through Acadiana were turned loose upon the civilian populace as a lesson in terror The rape of Negro women became commonplace Northerners have never understood the nature of the crimes that were committed in their names, no than neocolonials can understand the enmity their government creates in theirs Their pastoral solemnity of a civil war graveyard doesn t come close to suggesting the reality of war or the crucible of pain in which a solider lives and dies But in spite of the bloody bound on which our town was built, and out of which oak trees and bamboo and banks of flowers along the bayou grew, it remained for me a magical place in the predawn hours, touched only cosmetically by the Industrial Age, the drawbridge clanking erect in the fog, it s great cogged wheels bleeding rust, a two story quarter boat that resembled a nineteenth century paddle wheeler being pushed down to the Gulf, the fog billowing whitely around it, the air sprinkled with the smell of Confederate Jasmine An example of visceral writing and sheer justice and vengeance I could feel my fingers finding new purchase on the baton s handle, the leather thong looped loosely on my wrist bones I could feel a vein of black electricity crawling through my arm into my shoulder, down my right side, and through my back and chest He made me think of medieval jester mocking his executioner as he knelt before the chopping block I could feel my whole body becoming a torqued spring that would find release only when I whipped the baton across Perkins s temple and watched his eyes go senseless and dead The procedural explanation was already available I wouldn t even have to use a throw down He had committed a crime upon a child I had tried to search him before hooking him up He had whirled and gotten his hands on his archer s bow The blows I d delivered were in self defence and not intended to be fatal As I had these thoughts, I saw Vidor Perkin s time on earth coming to an end David describes Creole and mentions bygone times In a primitive time, some of them had been derogatorily called redbones Most of them were probably part white, part Chitimacha Indian, part Cajun, and part black As a rule, they referred to themselves as Creoles, a term that, in the early nineteenth century, connoted the descendants of the Spanish and French colonists who settled in New Orleans and created the plantation society that surrounded it In general, they were handsome people they often had green or blue eyes and reddish or jet black hair and skin that looked as though it had been blown with brick dust And finally a great excerpt. I saw my father, Big Al, in his tin hard hat and my mother, Alafair Mae Guillory, in the pillbox hat she was so proud of, both of them on the bow, smiling, coming toward me I saw men from my platoon, their rent fatigues laundered, their wounds glowing with a white radiance, and I saw boys in sun bleached butternut and tattered gray, and I saw Golden Gloves boxers from state finals of 1956 and black musicians from Sharkey Bonano s Dream Room on Bourbon I saw grifters and martyred Maryknollers and strippers and saints and street people of very kind, and until that moment, I never realised how loving and beautiful human beings could be Check out these pages below many videos with the author enjoy Visit James Lee Burke talks audiobooks and narrator Will PattonVisit 75 Years of an American LegendVisit James Lee Burke is interviewed by Barbara PetersVisit Grand Master James Lee BurkeVisit Bestselling authors James Lee Burke and Alafair BurkeGet yourself in the right mood with this Cajun waltz, with images from Louisiana Cajun country.Here


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    This is the 18th book in the David Robicheaux series In this story the detective with the New Iberia, Louisiana sheriff s department is investigating the deaths of seven young women in neighboring Jefferson Davis Parish They appear to be the work of a serial killer but one of the victims, Bernadette Latiolais, was a high school honor student and does not fit the profile of the other victims Despite the number of victims there seems to be little interest or belief that a serial killer is in their midst But Dave has his best friend, Clete Purcel, to help him with the case.Adding to his troubles Dave s adopted daughter, Alafair, is home on a break from Stanford Law to put the finishing touches on her novel and she is in love with Kermit Abelard, a novelist himself, and scion of a once prominent Louisiana family Abelard s association with bestselling ex convict author Robert Weingart has Dave fearing for Alafair s safety You know that Dave is right and a father knows best Abelard and Weingart are toxic Alafair may be all grown up now but she is still his daughter and he will always be there to protect her Whether she likes it or not.I have seen some reviews that complain the stories have become formulaic and there is probably some truth in this I have also seen David Robicheaux described as a knight errant Dave doesn t wander searching for adventures nor does he try to seek to prove anything Troubles seem to find him without any wandering except to neighboring parishes He is human and has his flaws several in fact But basically he is a decent man who seeks justice for the victims, the poor, people who often can t or are afraid Victims like Bernadette Latiolais who had a promising future only to have it cut short because someone with a depraved heart walks among us Another theme that I saw in this book that I don t recall reading in others is that of mortality Dave, and Clete, are getting old You are left with the sensation that the end is near As in many of the books in this series there is a bit of the supernatural and mysticism that comes into play The end will leave you wondering what the future holds for David Robicheaux.


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    Sturdy entry in the Sheriff Dave Robicheaux series Kept me interested even during the Super Bowl, so that s saying a lot I m going with 5 stars if just for the entertainment value TGR packed for me, and the vivid prose sometimes I just shook my head in awe Good stuff, plain and simple.


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    Bound A Stained Glass Radiance SunPost Weekly July 29, 2010http bit.ly c7L71wJohn HoodLast week I had the great good pleasure of slipping into The Big Easy for a couple days courtesy of Cointreau, who d flown me up to that storied city in order to interview Dita Von Teese While I was there I made a point of strolling the French Quarter at daybreak so that I might get a whiff of some of those ghosts James Lee Burke is forever mentioning in his works And the man is right the spirits are palpable, all over town But particularly in the Quarter, which has seen some of the heaviest history in the last two centuries The Quarter in the early hours is really nice, right at dawn, The 2009 Mystery Writers of America Grand Master told me by phone earlier this week There are two different cultures down there, really You go down there in the morning, when the artists are setting up their easels on Jackson Square, and you can smell the coffee and beignets, and the fruit stands on the sidewalks Then you come down there at 11 o clock at night laughs Burke s referring, of course, to New Orleans nightly bacchanal, which consists of everything from Dixieland Jazz bands blowing their brass up and down Decatur Street to soda pop top capped kids tapping out shuffles over on Bourbon There are the artists, and the tarot card readers, and the endless array of gin joints, most devoted to the constant swarm of tourists, but some, like the Chart Room, which cater to a local clientele Yes, wherever you are in the Quarter, the liquor is flowing non stop And the ghosts of parties past lurk on every corner.It is just those ghosts that hover all over Burke s many novels, including his latest, The Glass Rainbow Simon Schuster 25.99 And while the 18th Dave Robicheaux chronicle pretty much stays over in New Iberia, on the other side of the southern Louisiana, the echo and the ghosts of New Orleans is ever present After all, that was where Robicheaux and his road dog CletePurcel were homicide detectives way back when And that was where the two formed the unbreakablebond that ties together every one of the Robicheaux stories And it is that city s spirit and spiritedness which continues to hold sway Well, I think it s just a matter of realizing what s there, Burke continues I think of it this way, the spiritual world is there or it isn t It s like being dead or not dead, or pregnant or not pregnant There s no gray area And there are people who subscribe to the belief that beyond the physical world there are unseen entities And that s my belief Others have a different perspective Purcel, in fact, doesn t seem too keen on the spirits unless they come in a bottle , and when Robicheaux sees a 19th century steamer paddling through his neck of the Bayou, he s hesitant to tell his pal Not that Purcel would hold it against him, mind you hell, if anything, the hard charging gumshoe would probably go over and try and kick those spirits in the ass But there s a decided difference in how the two brace the world, and Robicheaux seems content to keep his visions to himself.Nevertheless, Purcel can tell something s up Like I said, these men share a vast past, and they know each other perhaps even better then they know themselves So when the two get hot on the trail of the network responsible for seven dead girls, no spirit in the world will stop them from achieving their objective.Like each installment in the continuing adventures Burke s been steadily unleashing lo these twenty three years now, The Glass Rainbow has all the hallmarks of a twisted whodunit There are the bad men ex cons with faraway stares then there are the really bad men 0 those who ve cloaked their evil in genteel respectability There are cops who become complicit, and cops who wouldn t comply if their life depended on it Mostly though there s Robicheaux, who won t let go of a notion until he makes an example of it, and Purcel, who ll pile up a stack of wrongs just to get at an ultimate right.As ever I shan t spoil the story by exposing the narrative If you ve read any of the previous Robicheaux novels you probably already have this by your bedside If you haven t you can begin here and work your way back without losing your place Because though all the books do contain a continuing thread each also works as a standalone.Or, as Burke says, echoing Nietzsche s Theory of Eternal Return I believe the story of the Dave Robicheaux novels is of course circular,but I believe the human story is circular as well We always go back to our origins in one fashion or another In The Glass Rainbow the circular is at once dizzying and necessary, a mad dash round the bases in this game called life Sure it s murder story And yes, it s laden with mystery But you could say that s just the backdrop for the thinking, feeling, bleeding, pumping pulse of it all Another expert instance of story revealing the heart of how and why we come to be.


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    After 18 novels in the Dave Robicheaux series, I think I m done with this Burke has been running on fumes for the last couple of installments, and really seems to have run out of gas Much as I hate to admit it, it s past time to retire this series.Burke is one of the few really good stylists working in genre fiction, but genre fiction depends upon plot, and there is virtually none here Burke barely makes any effort to explain what lies behind the deaths of the two young girls which seems to be the central crime of the book, or what any of the key characters have to do with it There s action, but very little reason for it And, for that matter, almost all of the action is initiated by Dave and his pal, Clete Purcell, working to get a rise out of different bad guys, with no real justification except that Dave and Clete believe them to be bad guys.And I have finally gotten tired of the two principal characters Dave and Clete In book after book, they can identify the evil ones just by looking at them This is fine once or twice, but it gets tiresome after so many books in which this happens, and it begins to affect the reader s ability to suspend disbelief.Despite the lack of plot and cliche nature of the characters, the book fills out over 500 pages in paperback It s bloated It s worth noting that the early books in this series were generally in the 300 page range, showing an economy of style which Burke has lost.Finally, let me just say that the horrible class hostility shown by Burke has become wearying In the Robicheaux novels, the wealthy people are always bad guys, vicious and amoral or immoral exploiters of the good working class residents At best the rich folks in these books are moral cowards Their victims are often than not young and innocent, poor girls His characterizations have become cartoonish.Much as it pains me to say it, I no longer look forward to my annual summer read of a Dave Robicheaux novel I don t know what next year will bring, but I doubt that another installment will be the automatic buy that it has been for me in the past.


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    James Lee Burke has always been a go to writer for me His Dave Robichaux series, in particular, has given me many hours of entertainment and an appreciation of writing place that I did not have before Set in southern Louisiana, these books tell the story of Dave Robichaux and his friend and former partner in the New Orleans Police Department, Clete Purcel Both men are deeply flawed, alcoholics in and out of recovery, and men who stand by their own code of honor as they become involved in the crimes they encounter.Burke understands southern Louisiana the look, the feel, the smells, the sounds, and its people His books always present nuanced characters and plots that are deeply embedded within decades of Louisiana history He does not romanticize, but he does not denigrate, either Rather he celebrates the good of a life that was, the bad of that life, and the present as we all watch places like New Iberia and New Orleans swept off the map by hurricanes and government neglect.Burke never ceases to make me want to read over and over again and he always makes me homesick for the South with all its flawed beauty Glass Rainbow is one of the best in this series if you re a fan, read it If you re not a fan, I envy you Start at the beginning of the series and work your way through you won t be sorry.


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    I am a member of the camp that finds the work of James Lee Burke necessary I have read that he is the modern day Faulkner All I know is that he brings alive the Louisiana that I know and his characters remain with me in between the releases of the books.In The Glass Rainbow, there is all that I have found familiar and seductive in the past plus a new twist mortality Dave has an angel or a demon on his back, as always and as the reader walks with him, he she will find themselves looking for shapes in the mist that foretell that this time, the stakes are a little higher, the cost is a little .Taken at face value, the book delivers on every count corruption, the face of evil, flawed heroes, tragic and doomed characters of New Iberia all of this we welcome But going into it expecting just a rollicking ride with our friend Dave is naive There is a caution and a measure in him we have not seen before, nor have his compatriots Clete or Helen, Alafair, who opens the pandoras box or his beloved Molly.If you know these books and this character you don t need my review If you have yet to take a stroll through Bayou Teche, please do so.


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    PROTAGONIST Dave Robicheaux, deputy sheriffSETTING Louisiana SERIES 18 of 18RATING 3.0Dave Robicheaux, a deputy sheriff for Iberia Parish, Louisiana, has just returned from a trip to Montana, only to find a grievous crime spree in front of him, one involving the rape and mutilation of seven local women Although many of the victims resided outside his area of responsibility, Dave finds himself pulled into the case because of the plight of two of the victims Unlike the other five, thely were people who had led good lives In particular, Dave is moved by the senseless death of Bernadette Latiolais who had overcome tremendous poverty to make something out of her life.But THE GLASS RAINBOW doesn t really focus on the investigation of these murders Instead, a large part of the narrative is devoted to two threads Dave s adopted daughter Alafair s serious relationship with Kermit Abelard, the author of historical novels and the son of a powerful robber baron and the ongoing self destructive behavior of his best friend and former partner, Clete Purcel Alafair is working on a book of her own, and Kermit and his oily friend, Robert Weingart, are helping her find a publisher Weingart is an ex con and best selling author Needless to say, Dave has no use for any of these people, which leads to huge conflict with Alafair, who feels that Dave is trying to control her life Weingard in particular is a reprehensible character, closely followed by Kermit s father.The Clete Purcel situation is really the main plot thread of the book Clete is an alcoholic and borderline sociopath He almost kills another evil local, Herman Stanga and Dave tries to help him avoid incarceration When Stanga is murdered, Clete is the obvious suspect He also becomes involved with a nearby parish sheriff, Emma Poche of course, that doesn t end well either.Although I wanted to like THE GLASS RAINBOW, I found the book quite unsatisfying Its pages are peopled with a large group of unlikable characters, which at times included several of the main characters Both Alafair and Clete are quite inconsistent On the one hand, Alafair finds Dave to be overwhelmingly controlling and irrational about her relationship choices on the other, she touts him as about the finest man on the planet That portrayal seemed very forced Clete and Dave have a long standing and unbreakable bond with one another but there were many instances where one or the other of them pushed the relationship to its limits Clete is depicted as a man with many demons, one who could easily kill a man if he felt the situation required it Yet, he is also painted as a kind of noble savage , a man whose loyalty and caring for his friend redeems all of his bad behavior.Ultimately, what made the book one that I didn t much like was the character of Dave Throughout the book, he is operating under non stop rage There is no warmth anywhere in the book, other than in a few passages dealing with the unfortunate victim, Bernadette Dave s wife, Molly, is barely mentioned the scenes between them seem perfunctory and lacking in affection.I m sure that the dedicated fans of James Lee Burke will love THE GLASS RAINBOW There s no denying that Burke writes beautifully but for me the book was fatally flawed, mostly because of the heavy handed characterization I found it to be a real downer.


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