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Subject: James Lee Burke
Date Posted: 7/16/2010 9:59 AM ET
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I'm really wanting to try this author ... I know his books are set in various Parishes down in Louisiana ... which I seem to be drawn to ...  Has anyone read his books?  What do you think?  Can they be read out of order or in order?  Thanks!!

Date Posted: 7/16/2010 3:22 PM ET
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I read "In the Electric Mist with the Confederate Dead" and loved it.  I would say start with one that looks interesting to you and start there. If you like that then  you can pick up the series in order.  He's a very good writer.

 

Date Posted: 7/16/2010 5:58 PM ET
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I love the series, and I would read them in order if I were you.  Most of the stories seem "rich" or "full-bodied"  (if that even makes sense!)

Date Posted: 7/16/2010 6:59 PM ET
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Thanks! Guess I'm off to start ordering the first of his Dave series anf a stand alone ...

Date Posted: 7/17/2010 4:31 PM ET
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As long as he stays in Louisiana I like his stuff. He knows the territory and has a real good feel (at least to me, and I have known a goodly number of Ardoins, Duhons, Zimerles, and Istres) for the people. I read one he set in West Texas, though, and what he did to geography was to this native Texan, UN-believable. He had folks in Deaf Smith county going across the Mexican border for an evening out and the characters in this one behaved like no Texas ranchers I have ever met  or heard of. Anything with Dave Robicheaux, though, I recommend highly.

Date Posted: 7/22/2010 3:11 PM ET
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Thank you John for the indepth review ... that has been most helpful and now I know what I need to stay away from!  lol