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By James Lee Burke | Comments: ( 670 ) | Date: ( Dec 08, 2019 )

It s impossible to think of the Louisiana bayou without conjuring up James Lee Burke s Dave Robicheaux books Chicago Tribune , including this early masterwork that pits the Cajun police detective against one of the New South s most twisted and powerful forces Oil speculator Weldon Sonnier is the patriarch of a troubled family intimately bound to the CIA, the Mob, and t It s impossible to think of the Louisiana bayou without conjuring up James Lee Burke s Dave Robicheaux books Chicago Tribune , including this early masterwork that pits the Cajun police detective against one of the New South s most twisted and powerful forces Oil speculator Weldon Sonnier is the patriarch of a troubled family intimately bound to the CIA, the Mob, and the Klan Now, the murder of a cop and a bizarre assassination attempt pull Robicheaux into the Sonniers hellish world of madness, murder, and incest But Robicheaux has devils of his own and they may just destroy the tormented investigator and the two people he holds most dear.


  • Title: A Stained White Radiance
  • Author: James Lee Burke
  • ISBN: 9781439167595
  • Page: 168
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

James Lee Burke

James Lee Burke is an American author best known for his mysteries, particularly the Dave Robicheaux series He has twice received the Edgar Award for Best Novel, for Black Cherry Blues in 1990 and Cimarron Rose in 1998.Burke was born in Houston, Texas, but grew up on the Texas Louisiana Gulf Coast He attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the University of Missouri, receiving a BA and MA from the latter He has worked at a wide variety of jobs over the years, including working in the oil industry, as a reporter, and as a social worker He was Writer in Residence at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, succeeding his good friend and posthumous Pulitzer Prize winner John Kennedy Toole, and preceding Ernest Gaines in the position Shortly before his move to Montana, he taught for several years in the Creative Writing program at Wichita State University in the 1980s.Burke and his wife, Pearl, split their time between Lolo, Montana, and New Iberia, Louisiana Their daughter, Alafair Burke, is also a mystery novelist.The book that has influenced his life the most is the 1929 family tragedy The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner.



Comments A Stained White Radiance

  • Carol.

    James Lee Burke is an excellent storyteller. He creates a tale full of atmosphere and mystery, and if plot details occasionally seem questionable, well, they remain engaging.Book five in the Dave Robicheaux series hits all Burke’s high points:An immersive, sense-filled setting:“I… walked into the French Quarter. The narrow streets were still cool with morning shadow, and I could smell coffee and fresh-backed bread in the cafes, strawberries and plums from the crates set out on the sidewalk [...]


  • Jim

    In reading the Dave Robicheaux series you are usually dealing with the darker side of New Orleans and Southern Louisiana. There is the usual mix of racial and class divide, of power and revenge, politics, the Klan, and organized crime but in this outing there is also the impact of child abuse.Robicheaux finds himself drawn into the painful conflicts of the Sonnier family, childhood friends, when someone takes a shot at Weldon Sonnier. Then a local police officer is murdered when investigating a [...]


  • Wendy

    A Stained White RadianceIncredible! I expected nothing less. James Lee Burke has an incredible way of describing Louisiana, he knows the city of New Orleans, Lafayette and the bayou like no other author or writer that I have ever come across. He has yet to disappoint me and I don't think he ever could.


  • Cathy DuPont

    Number five on my quest to read the Dave Robicheaux series of perhaps, 20 or so. I've really liked the previous four but this one, for me, was lacking in a couple of areas. Too, far to many, characters for my liking and the bad guys are from all kinds of groups of bad guys. At times, I had to flip back through to figure out who was with what group and what did they do? As usual though, James Lee Burke's writing just draws me in. One reviewer described it as 'lyrical' and I agree, it is lyrical. [...]


  • Ctgt

    Saint Augustine once admonished that we should never use the truth to injure. I believe there are dark and uncertain moments in our lives when it's not wrong for each of us to feel that he wrote those words especially for us.Another outstanding entry in the Robicheaux series that has Dave dealing with the mob and a trio of siblings from his youth. Bootsie's illness and protecting Alafair add fuel to an already explosive situation as Dave tries to sort out his conflicted feelings for the Sonnier [...]


  • Jim Thomas

    Maybe I've read too many Robicheaux books back to back but this one seemed to be one of his lesser efforts. Still, if you are a fan, don't pass it up.


  • Donna Davis

    James Lee Burke can sketch a character like nobody's business. The details he mentions and the ones he infers pack a lot of meaning onto the page without getting bogged down. His protagonist, Dave Robicheaux, is bold as they come, hard as a bag of rocks. But the sun shines down on him when he is with his daughter, Alafair, and Tripod, the family 3-legged raccoon, makes me laugh out loud and lightens up the whole affair. It also gives Dave a lot to lose. He constantly weighs the potential cost to [...]


  • Mark

    I’ve never been to New Orleans, or even anywhere in Louisiana for that matter, but after reading 5 of Burke’s superb series featuring Dave Robichaeaux, I feel like I’ve been there. Burke has a talent for conveying the sense of the place, to the point that you can almost taste and smell it. It’s a rich, sensory world, but unfortunately populated by loads of pretty unsavory characters. The contrast of the idyllic bayou and the persistent crime and wrongdoing that pervades the world is what [...]


  • Mal Warwick

    How can you resist a writer who describes a vicious criminal like this: “Eddy Raintree’s photo stared at me out of his file with a face that had the moral depth and complexity of freshly poured cement.” Or who writes about “the redneck, coonass, peckerwood South,” referring to its inhabitants in this way: “Each morning they got up with their loss, their knowledge of who they were, and went to war with the rest of the world.”Are you getting the impression that James Lee Burke is an [...]


  • Contrarius

    I think I probably didn't pay enough attention to this book to do it justice. Unlike, for instance, Black Cherry Blues -- which seemed to be a very quiet book to me -- there are lots of things going on here, in all directions. I think there are probably some interesting themes that I missed because of my relative inattention, unfortunately.I didn't get the feel of nearly as much nice prose as in the earlier Robicheaux books, but there are still some good passages -- as for instance:"They reminde [...]


  • Dottie

    This book reads as smoothly and lyrically as the first encounter I had with a "Robicheaux-like" character (in the film The Big Easy which for all its flaws and predictability I loved). It's just that NO ambience that cannot be beat! I'm loving the developments in the story thus far and already anxious to see the turnings in the various threads I see emerging -- the suspense is building and I can tell this is going to be good!In fact this story is so similar to that of the film that I seriously m [...]


  • Barb

    This is the 5th in the Dave Robicheaux, Cajun Police detective series by James Lee Burke, but the first for me, which admittedly colors my review. I know the series has a very enthusiastic following. The book was given to me. I read it. On the plus side, I love Burke's atmospheric descriptions of New Orleans and vicinity and his authentic regional dialogue. On the negative, I was uncomfortable with his one dimensional treatment of blacks and women. Maybe these characters are given more space in [...]


  • David

    Enjoyed it but not one of the best of the series. Maybe the problem was because I read this one after some later ones.


  • Luca Lesi

    Non ci pensare prima che accada, e mai dopo che è accaduto. Sì, era quello il trucco. Limitarsi a procedere secondo la logica, un piede dopo l’altroa una certa età ti è concesso anche il lusso di non doverti più scusare con nessuno.Una sentenza di vita non priva di fascino all'interno di un romanzo non all'altezza dei precedenti.In questi giorni di Natale , tra albe e tramonti così belli, sorprende il pensiero cheTi vedevo come il sole che nasce ogni mattina. Ecco come ti vedevo.Una donn [...]


  • Frank

    I think this is the second Dave Robicheaux novel I have read by Burke. I know I read DIXIE CITY JAM several years ago and really enjoyed it. Not sure why it took me so long to read another in the series. Anyway, STAINED WHITE RADIANCE was highly readable and a great hard-core crime novel. In this one, Robicheaux is working to protect an old friend, Weldon Sonnier, who had been shot at and later whose house had been ransacked resulting in the death of a police officer. This leads Dave to a mob bo [...]


  • Chana

    Dave Robicheaux is a tough-talking, melancholy, might for right kind of detective. The first character in this book is S. Louisiana itself, the story actually seems kind of secondary to the descriptions of the weather, the fishing, the bayous, the snakes, alligators, the heat lightening and daily rain, his bait shop and his house, the crab, shrimp, dirty rice and the constant grill smoke floating through the trees, the French, the black, the white, the prejudices, the past and the now. The myste [...]


  • Kathryne

    I believe the best authors write from what they know, so I aver that James Lee Burke translates his pain, angst, anger, and soul searing love into his stories. I feel it; others feel it. Hard to fake this stuff altogether, at least at the level he writes.Ok, the final vote was a #3, but I'm probably not being fair. It was only his 5th Robicheaux and after reading all the others (there are 15 I think) it's like going back a couple of grades in school. Robicheaux's character has evolved to such a [...]


  • Donna

    Burke's way with words is excellent. However, some things didn't make sense. I seem to remember Batist being married in the 1st or 2nd book. Here he seems to be single. Minor problem but keep the characters as initially presented or explain why they are different. Also didn't Cletus own a bar and a PI business. What happened there? Did I just miss some changes? As a previous reader noted the story was complicated with people who were bad. Too many groups were represented. The ending seemed awkwa [...]


  • Amanda Spake

    This was the first James Lee Burke novel I read, and it was so, so good, it forced me to read everything by him. It's still, I think, his best Dave Robicheaux novel, or perhaps second to "The Tin Roof Blowdown," which was perhaps my favorite. I've read all the others, and I have to say, I can remember little that differentiates them from one another. Not so with this book or the "Tinroof." If you have not read Burke, it's good to begin at the beginning of the series with "The Neon Rain." But if [...]


  • Colin Mitchell

    I thought that Mickey Spillane was back in town and I was not disappointed as the book soon has shootings, break-ins, and fighting. All the whileDave Robichaux is trying to balance his relationship with "Bootsie" and his adopted daughter Alafair with his work in the Police Department, where he is now the established detective. The story surrounds the Sonnier family and their father. Is he dead or not? A good fast-paced novel that, in the end ,I had to stay up to complete. The series is getting b [...]


  • Ellen

    A Stained White Radiance by James Lee Burke.This is the 5th book in the Dave Robicheaux series. A tangled web of murder and secrets kept hidden by the Sonnier family. Dave has more than just another case to solve on his handsis one involves his childhood friends. Clete Purcell has a role in this story and will play even more important roles with Dave in books to come.Although very well written this is not one of my favorites in the Dave Robicheaux series.


  • Sheila

    It seemed like everyone is out to get Dave in this one. It started with a simple home invasion. This one seemed excessively violent.I always love the descriptive language in this series. I end up being completely immersed in the bayou and can just picture what it looks, feels and smells like. love it.


  • Jen

    Another excellent read from James Lee Burke. I don't think I've been disappointed with any of his books yet. He really is a master story-teller.And, if you haven't yet heard one of Burke's books narrated by Mark Hammer, you are really missing out on a wonderful experience.


  • Cathrine ☯️

    4★I was trying to get Dave to pay me some attention on our fifth book date but he was too busy channeling his inner Wyatt Earp while trying to corral too many characters “at war with the rest of the world.” I prefer a less is more approach. Even wife Bootsie on several occasions said things like “Can’t you just let events take their course. Or let other people handle things for a while?” That would be a no.I’m feeling too lazy to kiss and tell but thought some of you might be inter [...]


  • Ken Heard

    This one is a little more complex than his earlier books, and a bit dark. It continues his theme of good vs. evil, as evidenced easily in all his work. This time, it's more blatant in the character of Lyle Sonnier, a televangelist. Is he for real? Is he a huckster? Dave struggles with that, once going to see him about healing his wife, Bootsie, from lupus. Other times, he seems bent on flushing Sonnier because he believes he is a fraud.As always, James Lee Burke writes with lyrical poetry; beaut [...]


  • Lars

    Number five of the Robicheaux books. Again, both the description of the southern scenery and the depiction of the protagonist’s feelings are most authentic and memorable.Combined with some philosophical reflections and some great metaphors the style of writing still enthralls me. And, as I mentioned in my review of book four, Robicheaux seems to get his life back together. The plot itself, involving local mafia and some old friends and war comrades of the detective, isn’t very spectacular bu [...]


  • Marcia

    Although I haven't read all of James Lee Burke's novels, I've ready many, and to me, this is the best one. It's a great mystery with plenty of chilling evil and a strongly atmospheric Louisiana setting. If you like mysteries, treat yourself to this novel. (And forget about his novels set in Montana--Burke's mojo definitely resides in Louisiana.)


  • Sally Atwell Williams

    Book 5 of the series. I just love the stories, and find myself reading them, while I have other books listed as reading. I have one more of the series - book 6, but I am going to hold off until I get the other two books finished.Dave Robichaux is a great character - his insights on himself, as well as those people he is caught up with are wonderful. Especially as he ponders his past and the present. One thing I have always liked about Burke's character, is that Dave is attuned to nature - the fl [...]


  • Michael Brown

    This is one of those series where you really do not like the main character and enjoy having him get in trouble because he makes such a poor decisions. Too bad many around him are good people and always seem to get hurt.


  • Vincent Eaton

    Some of his novel's a great, others very good, a few, once in a while, are serviceable yet still worth the read.


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