Erik Larson's Blog - Posts Tagged "electric-mist"

Just started reading James Lee Burke's The Glass Rainbow, one of his Dave Robicheaux novels, about a police detective in a Louisiana parish. I think I've read nine so far, of which my absolute favorite is easily In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead. Burke is to Louisiana what Jo Nesbo is to Norway. Or something like that.

What I like most about Burke's books is the powerful, almost tactile, sense of southern Louisiana that he manages to impart on just about every page. After reading a few chapters I always feel like zipping off to the nearest Cajun restaurant and having a plate of crawfish and an ice-cold beer.

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Speaking of Jo Nesbo: Yesterday, in the midst of a really annoying long-lasting downpour, I popped into Moonraker Books in Langley, Wa., on Whidbey Island (where I bought Burke's Glass Rainbow) and noticed that Nesbo's The Leopard is now--at last--available in the U.S. I read it a couple of months ago as an advance galley and loved it. Very dark. Very good. After reading it, I wanted to run out to my local Norwegian restaurant and have some herring.

Alas, while there is indeed a Cajun place a few blocks from my home here in Seattle, there is no Norwegian restaurant. There is, however, the Ballard neighborhood, fifteen minutes north of my home, which is full of Swedes and Norwegians, and which every year has a parade, featuring trolls, Norwegian dress, and such. Not quite the stuff of a Nesbo novel, I guess. But, I suppose it'll do.

Onward, into the summer reading season!