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Jackson Burnett

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Jackson Burnett is the name used by a writer, lawyer, and amateur fiddle player who lives in a Southwest American city. He is a fan of the roller derby, Italian opera, and old-time country and roots music.

Besides mysteries, Burnett writes short literary fiction and essays.


Storytellers who learn their craft watching movies and television rely too much on sight and sound. Novels allow readers to experience all five senses when writers provide the opportunity.

I'm reading No Place To Hide by Charles W. Runyon. Goodreads' friend and reviewer Karla describes the book "as a classic crime spree yarn with all the grainy feel of a 70s B movie." I'm impressed with Runyon b... Read more of this blog post »
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Average rating: 3.81 · 57 ratings · 19 reviews · 1 distinct work · Similar authors
The Past Never Ends
3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 57 ratings — published 2012 — 3 editions
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The Past Never Ends (Mystery & Thrillers)
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Home is the Sailor
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Humor is uniquely idiosyncratic. What I find funny, you might find moronic. What makes you laugh may leave me simply nonplussed.

Dead Man's Cell Phone is by no means a great play. It reads like a ginned up first draft. The lead character's motivation
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"I hated this book. I love violence and don't mind sex in my fiction, but this book was absolutely wretched, despite having those two ingredients. The main fault, I think, was the hero. He was too perfect and was therefore absolutely obnoxious. He..." Read more of this review »
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“Justice isn’t about fixing the past; it’s about healing the past's future.”
Jackson Burnett

“A thousand years from now nobody is
going to know that you or I ever lived. The cynic is
right, but lazy. He says ‘You live, you die and nothing you do will ever make a difference.’ But as long as I live, I’m going to be like Beethoven and shake my fist at fate and try to do something for those who live here now and who knows how far into the future that will go. If I accomplish nothing more than making my arm sore, at least I will be satisfied that I have lived.”
Jackson Burnett, The Past Never Ends

“(She) got herself a real boyfriend and she was just crazy about him. Not jack rabbit naked and coyote howling crazy, but sugar 'n' butter, soft 'n' sweet crazy.”
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“Those whom even love cannot shake from their habitual aversion to risk and inertia are those who are truly unredeemable.”
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“Dean had never quite imagined his life might end like this. Naked in a Tijuana brothel with an eighty-year-old woman dressed like Janine from Spinal Tap sizing up his junk and looking distinctly unimpressed. He really wished the room wasn't so heavily air-conditioned.”
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“Great writers are not those who tell us we shouldn’t play with fire, but those who make our fingers burn.”
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“Is any life so isolated that it lives only in the past and not in the present and future, too?”
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Jackson Burnett Allyse wrote: "Hello Jackson! Congrats on your book! Mine's almost impossible to get hold of outside of Australia/New Zealand at the moment. You can only really get it in paperback from the website fishpond.com.a..."

Thanks for letting me know, Allyse. When it become available in the US, would you please let me know? I'm behind on my reading but when I catch up, if it's not available here, I'll just have it shipped from fishpond. Good luck with it.

Allyse Near Hello Jackson! Congrats on your book! Mine's almost impossible to get hold of outside of Australia/New Zealand at the moment. You can only really get it in paperback from the website fishpond.com.au. :)

message 6: by Kim

Kim Hi Jackson. Thanks for the friendship invitation. I'm looking forward to getting to know you and reading your reviews.

Maureen Hi Jackson! Sorry it's taken me so long to come back and thank you for your message! I don't tend to read much mainstream fiction but there's so many interesting books out there, that I just follow where they lead. :)

It's nice to see you're a fan/friend of Duke's. More people should read him. Also, Pop. 1280! Hurray! Have you read any Maritta Wolff? I recently read two (Night Shift and Whistle Stop) that I need to review but they were excellent. In some ways she felt like she was channelling the same vibe as Jim Thompson.

While I'm here, I'd like to extend an invitation to the group I belong to, fiction files redux. We don't post as frequently as we used to, but we are always looking for new blood. :)

Catch you on the flip flop,


Jackson Burnett Thanks. I'll be interested in Dead Connection.


message 3: by Cher

Cher Thanks for the invite. You say the nicest things. I wrote a short review about Creole Belle today. I had to absorb the story for 2 days after finishing it before I could get a handle on what I would write. I'm going to start on Alafair's book Dead Connection tonight. Will let you know how she does.

Melanie Hi Jackson

You bet :)


Benjamin Sobieck Thanks for the friend add!

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