> The problem is not that Burke repeats the stories (he doesn't) but
> that his series is very protagonist-centered. If you get sick of
> Robicheaux and his shtick, that's it. I like Robicheaux but whenever I
> read a Burke novel, I wait a long time before reading another. Too
> many of the descriptions are similar, the bayou, the sky in the Gulf
> announcing a storm, the guys burning sugar cane stalks and so on. But
> his novels are solid works, likely to endure. At his best, he can
> really involve you in the life of Robicheaux, a complicated guy with
> all the makings of an imperfect hero. In my experience, Burke tells
> the South like it is. His knowledge is very intimate.
Not to mention the "open season on people" line, which he attributes at
times to Hemingway, but I can't find it in any Hemingway novel or story.
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