RARA-AVIS: Burke review

Frederick Zackel (fzackel@wcnet.org)
Sun, 7 Nov 1999 08:43:49 -0500

My review of James Lee Burke's Heartwood has been posted at

The first paragraph reads:
"As a story, Heartwood creaks like an old leather satchel. It is an awkwardly constructed wannabe thriller that is as stale as 1950s kitsch. That the journey the characters take is violent is less important than that it is tedious. And for all of James Lee Burke's skills as a writer, he has to struggle mightily just to keep the machinery of his tale from rusting to a complete stop."

I hope you enjoy the full account.

Frederick Zackel

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