Re: RARA-AVIS: Introduction

From: Brian Thornton (
Date: 21 Aug 2004

Hi there John-

Yes, Burke does have a but of the "Faulknerian mystic" about him. A hell of a writer, for my money. I've read IN THE ELECTRIC MIST WITH CONFEDERATE DEAD, and thought it was pretty good, although the (for me) obvious hallucination about John Bell Hood coming back from the grave to converse with Dave Robicheaux was a bit distracting. You might try A STAINED WHITE RADIANCE (another Robicheaux novel). I finished it not too long ago and loved it. I have a large number of Burke's stuff in my To-Be-Read Hill (too large for a pile, over even a hillock).

Most importantly, welcome to the list. We talk about all this cool stuff here!

Lastly, you live in the most gorgeous city in the Western hemisphere.

Brian Thornton Seattle, WA
  ----- Original Message -----
  From: John A. Armstrong
  Sent: Saturday, August 21, 2004 11:45 AM
  Subject: RARA-AVIS: Introduction

  Hello - new to the list and mostly checking that I'm getting and sending mail OK. But to keep this on-topic, I'm reading some James Lee Burke books I picked up in trade and several of them feature the Billy Bob Holland character, who's haunted in a comradely way by his friend L.Q. Navarro. Can anyone recall any other books/series in the genre that had supernatural elements?
  Another Burke book, In The Electric Mist with Confederate Dead, had the lead character visited by a Civi War general and his troops, though whether this a ghost or hallucination is left undetermined, but beyond that I can't think of any.

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