My first JLB book was "In the Electric Mist With Confederate Dead." I, like James, am an alumnus of the University of Missouri-Columbia and the title caught my eye when I browsed the Alumni Authors section of the bookstore my freshman year (all the way back in 1995!).
That first book was all it took to get me hooked and I have since eagerly anticipated each installment of the life and times of Dave, Clete, Alafair, Bootsie, Molly, Tripod, Batist and the assorted other characters that have given JLB's novels their amazing depth.
Now I am a realist. None of us lives forever, whether it be the real world or a fictional one, so I knew at some point the latest Dave Robicheaux novel would also be the last.
That said, if the end has come for Dave and Clete I'm a disappointed it was at the hands of so unworthy an adversary. The noble villain has not generally been a hallmark of JLB's writing, but to see Dave and Clete bested by Carolyn and her gang of sadistic perverts doesn't seem like the proper way for these two to go out.