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Is it time for James Lee Burke to hang it up? 
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I've always loved his books, especially the Dave Robicheaux series. His novel of a couple of years ago "Wayfaring Stranger" was the best one of his works I've read. However, "House Of The Rising Sun" issued in early 2016 was a big disappointment. His latest novel was just gibberish IMO. Mr. Burke is 81 now and it looks like time has caught up with him.

James Michener was able to write terrific novels in his late '80s and Wilbur Smith still puts out good work at an advanced age.

I hope this is a temporary glitch in Mr. Burke's stellar career because I certainly like to see more work from hin equal to what he has done in the past.



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I've always loved his books, especially the Dave Robicheaux series. His novel of a couple of years ago "Wayfaring Stranger" was the best one of his works I've read. However, "House Of The Rising Sun" issued in early 2016 was a big disappointment. His latest novel was just gibberish IMO. Mr. Burke is 81 now and it looks like time has caught up with him.

James Michener was able to write terrific novels in his late '80s and Wilbur Smith still puts out good work at an advanced age.

I hope this is a temporary glitch in Mr. Burke's stellar career because I certainly like to see more work from hin equal to what he has done in the past.



I am a HUGE JLB fan. Indeed, he is my favorite American novelist. And I agree with the old review from the newspaper Denver Post which called him "America's finest novelist."

I also thought "Wayfaring Stranger" was one of his strongest works. As were "Creole Belle" and "Feast Day of Fools" and "The Tin Roof Blowdown."

I must admit I miss his Robicheaux books, and hope he returns to them soon. In fact, I just remembered that I heard he DOES have a Robicheaux novel coming out next year, entitled, well, "Robicheaux." LOL

I for one hope he is far from finished writing and has many more books to come. Nobody can write believable and evil or just humanly-flawed characters like JLB. His descriptions of the settings and especially of nature are nonpareil. His ear for dialogue is the best since Elmore Leonard.

The ONE aspect of his past, oh, maybe 3-4 novels that I AM tiring of, however, is his continual disparaging and criticism of the wealthy families and people in America. JLB would have you believe they are ALL, to a man, corrupt, greedy, heartless exploiters or the lower classes. JLB has gotten to sort of an old curmudgeon in this regard, and it is tiring and a bit boring. He is not alone of course, as I have seen other authors do this late in their careers. Especially after they have made a shit-pile of money! LOL



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