James Lee Burke Message Board
Montana Mort posts on 6/22/2005 8:10:22 PM
I might have misunderstood your post, but Bootsie's Lupus has been known since Dave hooked up with her . . . or shortly thereafter.
Marilyn posts on 6/22/2005 12:57:52 AM
In Last "Car to Elysian Feilds" he writes of Bootsie's death from the red wolf as they call it Lupus. It's not really written in any book In Jolie Blons Bounce she alive and in Elysian fields she's gone also his house burned down so its a new generation for Dave and Alifair and Clete. I love all his books if you listen to them on tape its so much better and Mark Hammer is such a great narrator the books just come alive I want to get all of them on tape it I can I've listened to them over and overKeep upi th egood work I say I have always loves his characters and don't want him to change his style
geraldine thomas posts on 6/20/2005 11:22:48 PM
I've read all James Lee Burke's books (well I think all), and love the characers, Dave Robicheaux and Billy Bob Holland.
Does Bootsie die, and if so, in which book? Have I missed something?
annie posts on 6/20/2005 5:23:31 PM
TJ/Montana: Hilarious. Keep it rolling.
TJ Sackville-West posts on 6/20/2005 2:29:12 PM
Ah yes! Early morning bars. But how much more civilised and inspiring to have an espresso and freshly baked croissant at a harborside cafe in Monte Carlo with the sun rising over the Mediterranean and bleary-eyed gamblers stumbling home, trying to understand why they lost - yet again.
As it happens, Nick the Greek was right about how to play dice. But he still died broke.
While it's fascinating to learn about .50 Sharps buffalo guns - and frankly I think it is $400 well spent for a reproduction, or maybe a pump action shotgun with slugs, if you are going to wander around wilderness (or backstreet bars), I'm sure JLB could move his characters out of their 'backyards' once in a while for a little fresh air.
Montana Mort posts on 6/17/2005 5:09:17 PM
Burke's writing is a little on the dark side, but so what? He is not inventing anything that does not occur in life . . . and they occur everyplace on earth where there is more than one man and and a woman, including Montana. You need to get out and prowl the water front bars and hangouts, visit any large city where the bars open at 6:00AM (or before) and see who shows up. There is a seedy side to life and to some of us it's as exciting as it gets. I've been hanging in these places since a little after I turned 17 and got out of USMC bootcamp, 43 years ago. I'm a grand father and have had a very successful and rewarding life, but I still like sliding onto a bar stool at 6 AM and checking out my new friends. I still like the rush I get when i loosen my K-Bar in it's sheath as some punk is thinking about he and his buddy rolling me. Yea, you need to get out more, but in the mean time pay attention to JLB and learn about life as it is, not as you think it should be.
Marilyn posts on 6/17/2005 12:41:57 AM
I have to agree the characters are a sorry lot however what exactly do you have to look forward to being a detective. I enjoy the reality of the series and look forward to many more. He can't put a ray of hope in the pool cause they keep coming worse than ever
TJ Sackville-West posts on 6/15/2005 2:20:01 PM
The more I read of JLB's work the more depressed in become. The scars on the author's weather-beaten face lift right off the page. And now it seems the psychos, sociopaths, misfits, drunks, hop-heads and emotional cripples of Bayou country have moved north to corrupt perhaps the last unspoiled wilderness in the USA - the Northern Rockies of Montana.
My God, with JLB behind the pen there IS no rest for the wicked. All his heroes are tortured souls whose emotional baggage would break a buffalo. All public servants are either corrupt, embittered, stupid, negligent, sick & tired, or all of the above. And the psychotic, irrational, degenerate behaviour of the pond life he calls neighbours, townsfolk and transients inhabiting the place, frankly put a cautious soul off ever visiting any of the regions better than plague.
JLB needs to put a ray of hope into his work and characters because there is precious little to inspire in the present gamut of damaged goods.
Dean posts on 6/14/2005 3:06:38 PM
In the first book "Neon Rain" Dave talks about his first wife who left him for another man. There is a great scene, which occurs while Dave is still drinking, and he and his wife are at an outdoor party. Anyway there is the guy Dave's wife his fooling with at the party and he is flaunting it in front of Dave. So Dave does what he always does and beats the guy up. In the same book there is a funny line in a note Clete writes to his wife before he skips down. He tells his wife she can keep his toothbrush.
Marilyn posts on 5/3/2005 7:12:42 PM
I love the Robish series. Never kill Clete I am so looking forward to the new book Crusanders Crossing I've already ordered it. Keep up the great writing. From reading your books it feels like I'v been to Louisiana.
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