The Convict and Other Stories is a superb collection of stories set in and around the American Deep South and its charismatic people. From New Orleans to Dallas, with excursions further afield in Korea and Vietnam, James Lee Burke's characters live out lives of laughter and tragedy, mystery and intrigue, finding the memorable in the commonplace and bringing vividly to life the heat and dust of Southern life.
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Reminded Me of the Joy in Short Stories
Multiple narrators but most were 'Pitch Perfect' on the key characters.
I have listened to many of the James Lee Burke novels. Most I enjoyed immensely. I prefer novels and thus turned somewhat reluctantly to this collection of short stories. My mistake, I had forgotten how richly rewarding the short story genre can be. These were extremely engaging tales and in my view, revealed the true narrative scope of this author in a way that is not always so evident in his novels. I thought the various narrators for each story also did a superb job and I think were well selected for each of the stories they narrated.