A wonderful collection of 12 stories set mainly in and around the American Deep South from award-winning author James Lee Burke. For fans of James Lee Burke and Dave Robicheaux, THE CONVICT AND OTHER STORIES is a superb collection of stories set in and around the American Deep South and its charismatic people. From New Orleans to Dallas, with ...
A wonderful collection of 12 stories set mainly in and around the American Deep South from award-winning author James Lee Burke. For fans of James Lee Burke and Dave Robicheaux, THE CONVICT AND OTHER STORIES is a superb collection of stories set in and around the American Deep South and its charismatic people. From New Orleans to Dallas, with excursions further afield in Korea and Vietnam, James Lee Burke's characters live out lives of laughter and tragedy, mystery and intrigue, finding the memorable in the commonplace and bringing vividly to life the heat and dust of Southern life.
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These early short stories by J.L. Burke demonstrate his clear eye and ear for the Louisiana/Texas border country, as well as his use of language to create vivid characters and relationships. He is also obviously well-versed in the history of the area, and uses that in telling ways to reveal a few well-known figures. A great set of stories - hard to read just one!
Publishers Weekly, 1985-10-04 Burke brings the reader inside the minds and emotions of his characters, in stories that strike to the heart. They each concern the search for a reason, a purpose behind the interminable battle between good and evil. ``Uncle Sidney and the Mexicans'' focuses on a maverick tomato picker, fired for petty reasons and deprived of a day's pay, who is hired by the narrator's uncle and enabled thereby both to revenge himself on his former boss and to teach a lesson about Mexicans to the local bigots. A younger narrator, in ``Losses,'' is troubled in the confessional by his priest's reluctance to condemn. Only long afterward does he comprehend the arrogance youthful innocence that refuses to countenance human flaws. The closing sentence in ``When It's Decoration Day,'' about a young Civil War soldier, elegantly epitomizes the subtle impact of Burke's storytelling: as a shell bursts, the boy ``thought he felt a finger reach up and anoint him casually on the brow.'' November 24 (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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