James Lee Burke is a New York Times bestselling author, two-time winner of the Edgar Award, and the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts in Fiction. He's authored thirty-seven novels and two short story collections. He lives in Missoula, Montana.
"James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux, the haunted, all-too-human
homicide detective from the Louisiana bayou country, first appeared
more than 25 years ago in The Neon Rain. It was apparent,
even then, that Burke had given us an extraordinary character, one
whose depth, complexity and evocative narrative voice was worth
returning to again and again. That has turned out to be the case.
Light of the World is the 20th installment in this
increasingly ambitious series, and it reaffirms Robicheaux's status
as one of the most successfully sustained creations in contemporary
crime fiction."--Washington Post Book World
"Over the years, James Lee Burke's voice has grown more messianic, his books more biblical. He's in full fire-and-brimstone mode in Light of the World. . . . [The] monstrous villain [makes] life a living hell for an expanded cast of the quaintly insane characters who are Burke's specialty. For that alone, let's give the devil his due."--The New York Times Book Review
"You can call Burke a crime fiction writer, but I call him a national treasure -- he's not just a master of propulsive plots, rich prose and achingly real characters, he's a writer who looks unflinchingly at violence in American culture, at every level from the personal to the corporate. . . . Despite such moments of despair, Dave Robicheaux is an enduring hero, and Burke takes Light of the World pedal-to-the-metal to a hair-raising standoff and a satisfying end."--Tampa Bay Times
"[Light of the World] is vintage Burke: a killer plot, flawed but decent heroes, loathsome villains, a keen sense of history and philosophy and prose that leaves the reader in awe. . . . At once lovely and lethal, Light of the World shimmers with Burke's ability to depict the best and the worst of the human family, and to do so with a steady eye and a generous heart."--Jay Strafford "Richmond Times-Dispatch "