Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Half of Paradise - James Lee Burke


I've recently become addicted to the non-Robicheaux novels of James Lee Burke. This is the least interesting but that's forgivable, given it's the first. The three storylines don't work as well as they might because they're not interlinked, not even thematically, except that we're talking about three losers who continue losing. That said, the quality of the writing is amazing for a first novel. The dialogue rings true and some of the descriptive passages are really jaw-droppingly fine. I'm glad I read it but I wouldn't read it again. One intriguing point - when Avery Broussard's girlfriend finally gets a surname two pages from the end, it's Robicheaux.

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