Re: RARA-AVIS: James Lee Burke

Jerry Buck (
Tue, 13 Jul 1999 08:44:56 -0700

> While I see that many of the criticisms are valid, it will take more to
> convince me that Burke is not a great writer. His best moments, which
> for me are all in the action, are second to none. I agree with Kevin
> that Burke should exploit Clete Purcel, his greatest character.

    When Burke gets down to business, he is terrific. I love his writing. I love his descriptions. I love his dialogue. It's all the angst and baggage and things that go bump in the night that Robicheau drags with him that I can't tolerate. Clete Purcell is a great character, and mayhem is okay when appropriate to the story. Nevertheless, I'm prejudiced against cowboy sidekicks who shoot up everything and thus relieve the sleuth of having to actually solve a case.

    Jerry Buck

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