James Lee Burke is a prolific, but consistently good author. Most of his books feature Dave Robicheaux, a sheriff in New Iberia, LA. Robicheaux’s police duties sometimes take him to nearby New Orleans, where Burke depicts the seamy side of the city.
His deeply flawed characters lend texture and complexity to his novels. His rich prose evokes a sense of place, whether he is describing the nutria in the lush swamp or pelicans flying over the delta.
Each time I finish his latest book, I say that was my favorite one. He just gets better and better. If you want a literary treat with a little grit, read James Lee Burke. Any Burke fans (or prospective Burke fans) out there? We’d love to hear your opinions and observations.