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Montana Mort posts on 9/23/2005 12:55:55 PM Without a doubt JLB is my favorite author and if you like him, then I think you'll enjoy reading Peter Bowen almost as much. It's kind of funny in that Bowen has been writing about Montana for several years now and I just started reading him a few weeks back. His writing is somewhat lighter than Burke's and his main character, Gabriel Du Pre has a much better sense of humor than Dave R. The supporting cast of characters are all pretty good as is the case with JLB's. Give Bowen a try . . . first book was Coyote Wind, second was Specimen Song. Enjoy.
art martinez posts on 9/21/2005 4:08:38 PM Loved Jim's editorial piece re Katrina and New Orleans, a city I love and hope to return to to visit soon. Also, just found a copy of "Last Car to Elysian Fields" Am dying to read. Oh, the piece in Southern Living was good too. I read religiously to get my Southern fix on receipes. ArtM
Bob posts on 9/9/2005 10:16:06 AM Just finished 'Crusaders Cross.' Never thought Dave would fall off the wagon but I guess it was certainly possible. The way JLB (and Dave) deal with it is really something to see. As usual, Mr Imagery puts you right in the middle of things, this time a serial killing spree that finds its way to New Iberia in a most curious way. We're intro'ed to Jimmie, Dave's half brother who's kind of cool in his own way; but Dave and Clete (man, I'd love to have a friend that loyal) address and resolve a series of challenges that seem to come from several different directions at once. A very satisfying read; y'all need to imbibe.

Bob Daniels posts on 9/7/2005 10:28:38 PM In answer to the question, Bootsie's death is reported in Last Car to Elysian Field.
george bonifay posts on 9/7/2005 10:15:32 PM In what story did Robicheaux's bootsie die?
TJ Sackville-West posts on 8/2/2005 6:21:09 PM That's the stuff MM! 'Bangkok 8' will show you why Rambo found sanity repairing the monastery roof in Chaing Mai. But I think you realized already first hand a long time ago in the same time zone that everywhere else was insane. JLB's bayou country is not far removed.
Montana Mort posts on 8/2/2005 4:29:50 PM I have those eyes and I'm heading out to find Bangkok 8. I'll thank you for the tip now.
TJ Sackville-West posts on 8/2/2005 3:14:20 PM Bob. A while back you commented how JLB hasn't 'sold out' to the holy dollar of crass commercialism - and what used to be called 'pulp' fiction. Like, as you mentioned James Patterson (with his Alex Cross series, among others). What we have now is 'branding'. Commercial authors must establish one or more 'characters'as an identifiable brand. And once they manage to do this, the brand must be milked for all it's worth. JLB has established his brands. Alafair has hers. What do you think of the characters in Robert Parker 'Spencer' novels? (Parker writes dialogue. Not as well as Elmore Leonard, and doesn't churn out books as fast as George Simenon. But Simenon lived in Geneva. If that means anything.) Or Lee Child's 'Reacher' series? A dark slightly less troubled character compared to JLB's. Or something you might not have hit yet - 'Bangkok 8' by John Burdette. Love to get you take on that character. Montana Mort. If you've got eyes in the back of your head for downtown bars, 'Bangkok 8' is for you.
Bob posts on 8/1/2005 3:39:51 PM You're very welcome Annie; I remember way back when Dave rescues this young child from a downed drug-smuggler's plane, and he took her home and named her Alafair; never occurred to me it was JLB's real daughter's name. BTW, did anyone see the movie about this book (don't aske me the name, I read so much I couldn't tell you names of 3 of the last 5 I've read); it starred Alec Baldwin and was actually pretty good.
annie posts on 7/29/2005 2:35:23 PM Why Thank You, Bob. I will be sure to look for her books. Perhaps she will have her own style of developing characters-but we can sympathize, for her father is the master.
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