In this moving collection of short stories, James Lee Burke elegantly marries his flair for gripping storytelling with his urbane writing style and complex, fascinating character portraits. The backdrop of the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast proves to be a versatile setting for Burke's stories, which cover the scope of the human experience, from love and sex to domestic abuse, to war and death and friendship.More
"Burke demonstrates impressive range, sensitivity and polish in these smaller-scale gems." (Publisher's Weekly)
"Whether the lead characters are abused children or prostitutes trying to escape the life, Burke always makes us see both the near certainty of tragedy to come and the smoldering embers of possibility in the ashes of blighted lives." (Booklist)
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Change of Pace
- Daniel Mcafee "danmc"
ok not one of Burke's best
At times the switch between stories was very abrupt
not at all I love JLB However this particular book felt like a lot of rehash from other books. Having said that I have not read his non NOLA series and am now more interested in those
Ron McLarty is perfect and definitely the voice of Dave Robicheaux
I felt somewhat disappointed when I discover several stories with strong links and at times identical to other written work. While the back stories went further than what was told in the novel it did not really contribute to my enjoyment of the novels