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Swan Peak by James Lee Burke
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Aug 24, 08

bookshelves: read-in-2008
Recommended to Steve by: I'm a long time fan
Recommended for: those interested in the complexities of man
Read in August, 2008

I read Burke's novels about Robicheaux for many years before I ever visited Louisiana, but his descriptions of the milieu and the people were so vivid that I felt right at home when I finally did visit New Orleans. And I have the feeling that if I'd read Burke's novels set in Montana before I knew the country, I would have the same familiarity. As it is, his brilliant stories and loving description of the mountain country remind me of my years living in Missoula. In Burke's world, no character is so good that he or she is flawless, and no character is so out-and-out evil that he or she is without humanity. With his Robicheaux books, he's been playing a variation on the same theme for decades now, and I never tire of the melody. Highly recommended -- he keeps getting better.

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