I've read a good number of James Lee Burke's Robicheaux novels and like the murky dark Southern feel to them. Burke's Western-set mysteries, though, leave me pretty cold. Neither the prose nor the stories seem to fit the place. Do other readers have the same reaction?
I'm not wild about James Lee Burke, but I probably prefer the western settings. I just don't like New Orleans and the "murky Southern feel" -- (good description).
I have exactly the same thought as you, Jackson. I've been a Burke fan for years, but his style of description seems better suited for Louisiana, whether it's NOLA or New Iberia. Crumley has a better handle on the starker beauty of the West.
Thanks for the recommendation, Dana.
I only discovered Crumley myself a few years ago. THE LAST GOOD KISS and DANCING BEAR are excellent; THE FINAL COUNTRY I could have lived without, though the writing was still very good. He wrote a few others, but i have yet to get to them.
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But okay, I'm not a big James Lee Burke fan either, mostly because I don't care much for the "reformed alcoholic" character. However, I acknowledge that he's an excellent writer.
Having lived in Texas once upon a time, I've read three of Burke's Texas novels, including the one that won the Edgar for best novel of the year (Cimarron Rose). And I was fine with the settings. But I didn't love the book's main character. I suppose he left me cold.
Well, I guess I'm just the biggest James Lee Burke fan in the world. I would read it if he wrote the blurb on the back of a packet of cornflakes.
Agree about James Crumley - liked everything up until The Final Country. If you want another western writer, you could try Joe R. Lansdale - his East Texas tales of Hap Collins and Leonard Pine are funny, exciting, interesting and go places other crime novels usually don't.