Re: RARA-AVIS: Introduction

From: Doug Bassett (
Date: 21 Aug 2004

Hello, Mr. Armstrong. Welcome to the list.

Regarding Burke, BLACK CHERRY BLUES definitely had supernatural aspects. It's been awhile since I read it, but I'm pretty sure A MORNING FOR FLAMINGOS also had some. In fact, I identify the technique with Burke, he uses it so often.

I'm currently rereading Crumley's THE MEXICAN TREE DUCK, which is as good as I remember it (and IMO rather underrated). Before that was his DANCING BEAR, which I liked but seemed to blur out, here and there. I generally prefer the C.W. Shugrue books to the Milo Milodragovitch books, I think: I suspect Crumley overidentifies with Milo, which tends to lead him toward some self-indulgence. Much of DANCING BEAR is really an essay about Montana more than an actual novel.

Not saying it's bad, though. Even secondary Crumley is better than 90% of everything else out there.

--- "John A. Armstrong" <> wrote:

> 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.
> Best,
> John Armstrong
> Vancouver, BC


===== Doug Bassett

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