Re: Is it time for James Lee Burke to hang it up?
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