The Glass Rainbow: A Dave Robicheaux Novel [Unabridged] [Audible Audio Edition]
The latest in the series of Burke's novels which features the fascinating Dave Robicheaux is a compelling read. All of of the Dave Robichiaux books feature the relationship of the central character with his loyal, though self destructive friend, Clete Purcel. This part of the narrative thread is more pronounced even than usual in this book. Clete's unstable temper results in trouble after he beats a drug dealer and pimp who subsequently is discovered dead. As always Burke handles multiples threads without a bit of difficulty. Serial killings and danger threaten Robicheax's daughter, the exotically named Alafair, whose literary ambitions lead her into dangerous relationships.
Burke's themes always embrace the vulnerabilty of his characters. Even the ultra tough and dangerous Clete Purcel is described as having "his most dangerous adversary living in his own breast". Ranged against innocence and vulnerability are the denizens of Louisiana' underworld whose evil sharply contrasts with the other characters who Burke depicts so well.
In my opinion, James Lee Burke is one of the best current writers, and not just in the thriller genre. The Louisiana backgound is always beautifully articulated. In no way is this unnecessary padding, a charge that can be levelled at some other successful, prolific writers. If your reading interests embrace top quality writing, even if you are not an aficionado of thrillers, I recommend that you try this novel. If you like thrillers, this is one you should not miss.
Enjoy the read!