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Old 10th Jan 2006, 10:46   #11
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And oddly enough, so did I! Got it in a second-hand bookstore, and then went back to the beginning of the series. His prose has a lyrical simplicity that I love.
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Yes, lyrical is how I see it, and his descriptions are unsurpassed. The eye glides over the pages without pausing to double-check or criticize overuse of similes.
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Y'know, for a second there I thought you said smileys.
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James Lee Burke is one of those authors I seek out when I want to be entertained. Reading a Burke is, for me, easy yet not fluffy. I met James Lee Burke.....it is uncanney how much he resembles his characters.

His daughter also writes mystery novels....I haven't read any of them yet.

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I have. A much smaller chip of the old block than might have been hoped...
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Default Re: Book Number 9 - THE CONVICT & OTHER... by JAMES LEE BURK

Took a dive into JLB today and bought:



from the Library for 30p. Worth a punt, I thought. What's your opinion on it?

Actually, what is the proper reading order?
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Strike that, the proper order is:

Neon Rain (1986)
Heaven's Prisoners (1988 )
Black Cherry Blues (1989)
A Morning for Flamingos (1990)
A Stained White Radiance (1992)
In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead (1993)
Dixie City Jam (1994)
Burning Angel (1995)
Cadillac Jukebox (1996)
Sunset Limited (1998 )
Purple Cane Road (2000)
Jolie Blon's Bounce (2002)
Last Car to Elysian Fields (2003)
Crusader's Cross (2005)


I'll take my hat off to the guy, he chucks out a pretty good title.

So, thoughts on Dixie...?
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I read this one and liked it, I mentioned it (very) shortly here. God how long ago it was... I remember I wasn't maybe enthusiastic, but meant to read more Burke - though somehow he slipped off my radar. Easily can be read outside the sequence, but maybe it's just me, usually reading cycles in that way...
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