Friday, August 20, 2010
THE GLASS RAINBOW: A DAVE ROBICHEAUX NOVEL by James Lee Burke (2010)
Finding a new James Lee Burke title is like finding your way home again to your own chosen dysfunctional family. Dave, Molly and Alafair Robicheaux and Clete Purcel and Helen Soileau are always reassuring in their stubborn, steadfast and supremely human ways.
At the outset of this compelling story, Det. Dave Robicheaux is driven to figure out who brutally murdered seven young women in neighboring Jefferson Davis Parish. One suspect, Herman Stanga(a generally despised pimp and crack dealer)turns up dead soon after Clete typically takes the law into his own hands and beats Stanga in front of many witnesses.
Stakes are raised when Dave's daughter Alafair, on leave from Stanford Law to finish her first novel, cozies up to known Louisiana toady Kermit Abelard and finds herself in the creepy company of ex-con turned bestselling novelist Robert Weingart and is conveniently placed within his toxic reach.
THE GLASS RAINBOW is as much a story of the contemporary American South and its ingrained attitudes regarding race, wealth and history as it is a smart, stomach-churning thriller that secures James Lee Burke's reputation as a master of the genre.