Book Review: The Glass Rainbow By James Lee Burke

The Glass Rainbow is the eighteenth novel published by the author James Lee Burke and is the latest in his Detective Dave Robicheaux series. If you have read Burke’s other novels, you are already familiar with the joy of reading another absorbing police procedural story with a noir-style character as its hero.

Deputy sheriff Robicheaux has to deal with his daughter Alafair’s attraction to local novelist Kermit Abelard and at the same time follow the leads in a serial killer case. He finds out that seven young women in neighboring Jefferson Davis Parish have been brutally murdered; now the bodies of two more young women turn up on Robicheaux’s turf.

In earlier Robicheaux novels, the detective is often aided by his best friend Clete Purcel. This novel is no exception and reader also gets exposed to other familiar characters in the series including  Dave’s pet and his daughter’s three-legged raccoon.

The Glass Rainbow is a 448-page book which is a bit longer than typical summer reads. If the reader is already familiar with the series, the first 200+ pages might be a bit redundant with earlier books. This is not particularly the author’s fault but it’s a challenge that the writers of long series always have in front of them: How to avoid repeating stories/settings as much as possible so that the loyal readers can still enjoy the latest releases in the series.

This novel is a good read and a recommended novel for fans of Southern noir.

Our Rating: 3.5

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