Author James Lee Burke is set to release his latest novel, The Glass Rainbow, next week. The book represents the 18th installment in the author's best-selling series of detective Dave Robicheaux crime novels, two of which , Heaven's Prisoners and In the Electric Mist have been made into major Hollywood films). The script for Glass Rainbow will strike readers as being at least partly borrowed from recent headlines, as is Burke's wont. Here's the summary from the author's web site:

James Lee Burke’s eagerly awaited new novel finds Detective Dave Robicheaux back in New Iberia, Louisiana, and embroiled in the most harrowing and dangerous case of his career. Seven young women in neighboring Jefferson Davis Parish have been brutally murdered. While the crimes have all the telltale signs of a serial killer, the death of Bernadette Latiolais, a high school honor student, doesn’t fit: she is not the kind of hapless and marginalized victim psychopaths usually prey upon. Robicheaux and his best friend, Clete Purcel, confront Herman Stanga, a notorious pimp and crack dealer whom both men despise. When Stanga turns up dead shortly after a fierce beating by Purcel, in front of numerous witnesses, the case takes a nasty turn, and Clete’s career and life are hanging by threads over the abyss.

The Glass Rainbow will be in bookstores July 13

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