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A Stained White Radiance (1992)

by James Lee Burke

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Series: Dave Robicheaux (5)

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Another riveting depiction of murder, mayhem, madness, and debauchery. ( )
  LilithDarville | Dec 24, 2013 |
Dave Robicheaux finds himself entangled with the Sonnier family, childhood friends whose lives have been unalterably shaped by abusive parents. A bullet shot through a window in the antebellum home of the eldest Sonnier, Weldon, now a successful oilman, propels Dave back into ives he's not sure he should re-enter. As a man whose CIA-influenced past has led to dangerous contemporary commitments, including debts to local mob boss Joey Gouza, Weldon may have put himself in the line of fire. And what of Weldon's links, through his fragile wife, Bama, to a powerful Klansman-turned-politician now running for statewide office - her brother, te telegenic Bobby Earl. It is left to Lyle Sonnier, television evangelist and faith healer, a man with "wavy hair conked in the shape of a gingerbread cake," to fill Dave in on a violent family history with ever-more-visible consequences - a past that intersects with Dave's own.
  jepeters333 | Sep 3, 2012 |
Burke likes to fool around with sociopathic types. He has one (at leaset) in every novel, and sometimes if the sociopath is such but does not allow society to be harmed, he or she triumphs. It is a weird woul this man this writer, this creator of dark light , creates in each of his books. It is his distinguishing mark: the use of chiaroscuro in literature. ( )
  andyray | Oct 21, 2011 |
Reading this series in order, the books get better and better. It's a delight to see the growth in both the character and the writer as Burke hit his stride in this series. Five down, over a dozen left that he's written since this one. If they keep improving at this rate, I'll run out of stars to hand out.

This one starts when Dave is called out to investigate a shot fired through the window of an antebellum mansion. Weldon Sonnier, the mansion's owner, is part of a hugely dysfunctional family with a great deal of power in Southern Louisiana. He's also a bit of a shady character. His brother is a televangelist whose brother-in-law is a former Klansman turned politician. His sister is an old flame of Dave's. It's quite a family, and the have some nasty secrets, both personal and "professional." And Dave is drawn into the middle of it all. Throw in some nasty mob-related thugs and the story gets very intense very quickly.

This is a complex tale peopled with well-drawn, multi-dimensional characters. Burke grounds it in a solid sense of place in his beloved Southern Louisiana, a setting which he evokes by appealing to all the senses. (It's no coincidence that I made jambalaya for supper this evening.)

And in the process of telling a whale of a mystery/suspense story, Burke manages to deal with issues of real significance. What more can you ask from a book? ( )
  tymfos | Aug 3, 2011 |
Some things/people never change, especially in the South. While Burke still is gifted, this storyline just wandered around and could have been much more interesting. Instead it was like sitting through Gone with the Wind in a theatre with a lot of noisy people, without any air conditioning or snack bar. ( )
  debavp | Aug 13, 2010 |
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James Lee Burkeprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bortolussi, StefanoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Henriksen, Ole LindegårdTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kolstad, HenningTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For Farrel and Patty Lemoine

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Danish title (1993): En støvet hvid aura; Finnish title: Pimeän hehku; German title: Weisses Leuchten; Norwegian title (2004): En uren hvit stråleglans ; French title: Une tâche sur l'éternité
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0380720477, Mass Market Paperback)

Cajun police detective Dave Robicheaux knows the Sonnier family of New Iberia--their connections to the CIA, the mob, and to a former Klansman now running for state office. And he knows their past, as dark and murky as a night on the Louisiana bayou.

An assassination attempt and the death of a cop draw Robicheaux into the Sonniers' dangerous web of madness, murder and incest.

But Robicheaux has devils of his own. And they've come out of hiding to destroy the tormented investigator--and the two people he holds most dear.

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The death of a copy and a bizarre assassination attempt are pulling the Cajun police detective, Robicheaux, into the Sonniers' dangerous web of madness, murder and incest -- and toward shocking secrets that lie in a past as dark and murky as the bayou night.… (more)

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