Light of the World

James Lee Burke's first Dave Robicheaux novel - The Neon Rain - was a sleek 240 pages. Light of the World - Robicheaux's 20th adventure - clocks in at an eyeball-numbing 550. And once you settle into it, you realise that you're going to feel every single one of them. Robicheaux broods constantly about guilt, …

The Rosie Project

A brisk trot through reviews on Amazon told me that I wasn't alone in being confused by the ending. And like several of those reviewers, I ended up resorting to Wikipedia to work out precisely who the father was. (Not that this is new for me.) I don't write that to put the book down; …

Creole Belle

James Lee Burke writes like a dream. Vivid, lyrical prose makes you feel the heat and humidity of southern Louisiana, and smell the swamps and the rain and the cut grass. You can see the mists settling on the lakes and rivers. But - and here the armies of JLB fans are going to start …

Shock Value

Few people I know share my fondness for late 1970s horror movies. Actually, not ALL late 70s horror movies. I never liked the Friday 13th series, or any of the Halloweens that followed the first one. Tobe Hooper's output after The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was just too OTT for me. The Exorcist has its moments …