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Convict and Other Stories [Paperback]

James Lee Burke
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning. Sept. 18 2000
By Allan
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you've read James Lee Burke's novels, then you're in for a more than pleasant suprise with "The Convict". Because it's a book of short stories.
Mind you - it's just as well these stories are short. Each tale packs enough punch for a full blown novel. Comparing just one of these stories with any of Burke's novels is like comparing whisky with strong beer.
Each story is heady stuff - not only in the powerful way Burke takes a word and wrings all the blood out of it onto the page before setting it into place. The stories are of strong-headed, often wrong-headed men doing what they knew to be the best thing. They are tales of the American South, of the bijoux days, of the days of sweat and gunpowder and bowel-shaking fear.
These are tales Burke must have heard as a boy, tales that have been purified in the distillery of Burke's mind until all that's left is the gritty, sweaty essence.
And, at just a shade over six bucks, these are cheap thrills, indeed. But do be careful: each story packs enough of a wallop to put Mike Tyson on the canvas.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning. Sept. 18 2000
By Allan
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you've read James Lee Burke's novels, then you're in for a more than pleasant suprise with "The Convict". Because it's a book of short stories.
Mind you - it's just as well these stories are short. Each tale packs enough punch for a full blown novel. Comparing just one of these stories with any of Burke's novels is like comparing whisky with strong beer.
Each story is heady stuff - not only in the powerful way Burke takes a word and wrings all the blood out of it onto the page before setting it into place. The stories are of strong-headed, often wrong-headed men doing what they knew to be the best thing. They are tales of the American South, of the bijoux days, of the days of sweat and gunpowder and bowel-shaking fear.
These are tales Burke must have heard as a boy, tales that have been purified in the distillery of Burke's mind until all that's left is the gritty, sweaty essence.
And, at just a shade over six bucks, these are cheap thrills, indeed. But do be careful: each story packs enough of a wallop to put Mike Tyson on the canvas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MOVING AND BRILLIANT Aug. 4 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Wether James Lee Burke is writing the Dave Robicheux novels or stories about other topis he always makes the characters very real and very human. The stories in the Convict are perfect examples of what a great writer of poeple Burke really is. Each one we get to know and learn things from through the course of their story. Some classify Burke as mystery writer, others as a southern writer, I dont care what you call him he darn good at what he does. No one who call themselves a fan of Burke`s should pass on the Convict.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning. Sept. 18 2000
By Allan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you've read James Lee Burke's novels, then you're in for a more than pleasant suprise with "The Convict". Because it's a book of short stories.
Mind you - it's just as well these stories are short. Each tale packs enough punch for a full blown novel. Comparing just one of these stories with any of Burke's novels is like comparing whisky with strong beer.
Each story is heady stuff - not only in the powerful way Burke takes a word and wrings all the blood out of it onto the page before setting it into place. The stories are of strong-headed, often wrong-headed men doing what they knew to be the best thing. They are tales of the American South, of the bijoux days, of the days of sweat and gunpowder and bowel-shaking fear.
These are tales Burke must have heard as a boy, tales that have been purified in the distillery of Burke's mind until all that's left is the gritty, sweaty essence.
And, at just a shade over six bucks, these are cheap thrills, indeed. But do be careful: each story packs enough of a wallop to put Mike Tyson on the canvas.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be required reading - everywhere! Jan. 23 2006
By Naomi Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
But trust me on this, you start reading these stories and they won't FEEL like the "required" reading that too often turns out to be dull, pretentious tripe foisted off on us by brittle critics and coked-out marketing agents. Nope, these are terrific stories that happen to be beautifully written by a man I am becoming convinced (I'm less than half way through his existing oeuvre) is one of the greatest American writers of all time. The title story, 'The Convict,' easily, EASILY holds it own with Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird.' Sometimes the characters in these stories aren't entirely likeable (though they are always charismatic) but Burke makes no bows to political correctness; but to justice and to age and to reason and to living life to its fullest, here he surely exceeds any human expectations of capturing the same within the confines of a short story.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MOVING AND BRILLIANT Aug. 4 2002
By J. Romeo - Published on Amazon.com
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Wether James Lee Burke is writing the Dave Robicheux novels or stories about other topis he always makes the characters very real and very human. The stories in the Convict are perfect examples of what a great writer of poeple Burke really is. Each one we get to know and learn things from through the course of their story. Some classify Burke as mystery writer, others as a southern writer, I dont care what you call him he darn good at what he does. No one who call themselves a fan of Burke`s should pass on the Convict.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good collection of short stories April 5 2009
By Ronald Pete Alford - Published on Amazon.com
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As usual James Lee Burke scores big. I really enjoyed reading shorts. I own a copy of all his books. Not a bad one in the whole bunch.
Pete Alford
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lost treasure from an American Icon April 13 2010
By Dennis O. Rogers - Published on Amazon.com
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After having read all of James Lee Burke's books I ordered this re-issue of his book of short stories. Little did I know how much enjoyment awaited me. Mr. Burke is truly an American treasure...reading his books, or in this case his short stories, transports one into the world he creates. In this collection one gets a preview of some of his future characters like Hackberry Holland...in any event I can recommend this collection of short stories to anyone who enjoys truly creative and imagination filled writing...if you haven't read any of Mr. Burke's novels...this is a great way to start. The only problem with this book and his other novels is once you've finished you are left wanting more. Thank goodness he has a new full length novel coming out this summer...I can't wait!
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