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Why James Lee Burke is sensational. Vol #3,333,333

November 28, 2012

The new James Lee Burke book, Creole Belle, is every bit as beautifully written as you’d expect. But this is sensational. At the start, Dave Robichaux is recovering in hospital and having morphine dreams. The deep, dark nightmares, are coming thick and fast.

THOUGH I’m a believer, that did not lessen the sense of trepidation I experienced in those moments. I felt as if the sun were burning a hole in the sky, causing it to blacken and collapse like a giant sheet of carbon paper suddenly crinkling and folding in on itself, and I had no power to reverse the process. I felt that a great darkness was spreading across the land, not unlike ink spilling across the face of a topographical map.

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