RARA-AVIS: RE: James Lee Burke, Texas Writer?

From: Dick Lochte ( dlock@ix.netcom.com)
Date: 18 May 2001

Manuel Ramos writes:
> The May issue of Texas Monthly has a list of Texas writers who
> have "produced ... imaginative works about Texas ... For example ... James
Lee Burke ...

Wait a minute. Isn't Burke a Louisiana writer? Okay, the jacket of the first Robicheaux says he was born on the Louisiana-Texas Gulf Coast. A little vague, like maybe the publishers were pushing it to make him a Louisianan. Now that he's got a Texas series, too, suddenly he's a Texas writer? Is he a Louisianan when a new Burke is about to be published and a Texan when the other series is due? What about Montana? Let's set the record straight on this. If Burke's a Texas writer, all well and good. The Louisiana bayous are overflowing with crime writers as it is.

Dick Lochte

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