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Publisher's Summary

The collection no crime fiction fan should be without – the essential short stories of James Lee Burke

"America's best novelist" (The Denver Post), two-time Edgar Award winner James Lee Burke is renowned for his lush, suspense-charged portrayals of the Deep South – the people, the crime, the hope and despair infused in the bayou landscape. This stunning anthology takes us back to where Burke's heart and soul beat -- the steamy, seamy Gulf Coast -- in complex and fascinating tales that crackle with violence and menace, meshing his flair for gripping storytelling with his urbane writing style.

©2012 James Lee Burke (P)2012 Simon and Schuster

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liked this

well read and masterfully written.i enjoy James Lee Burke's style of writing. I enjoy his books.

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Didn't finish

Found this to be earlier work, not readable compared with Burke's mature work.Stopped reading after trying three stories and switched to Going After Cacciato, which is terrific. Liked a couple of Burke's more recent works, but can't read them too closely together or I fine a sameness in them.

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  • Sue
  • Oklahoma City, OK, United States
  • 09-18-12

Boring

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

No sense of a real story, just a collections of thoughts, to make this a 4 or 5 star it would need to be rewritten.

Has The Convict and Other Stories turned you off from other books in this genre?

I love James Burke but this was really bad. I will still buy his books but not if they are not part of a series.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration was fine, not great, but not bad.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not that I could fine, I tried listening to most of the stories but found it hard to get through any of them. I kept hoping the next story would be better but did not find this to be the case.

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I like the full novels better.

What did you like best about The Convict and Other Stories? What did you like least?

I like the full JLB novels better. The short stories were harder to follow. My bookmark was not working well on this audio and kept jumping around.
EXCEPTION: the story "Hack" made me cry. My 94 year old dad recently passed.

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Haven't read a a Jee Burke I didn't like

reconized a few things shortly used in other books, but this man can tell a story and take me to New Orleans just by opening his book. Where ever he describes that is where I am at. Can't waiit for next book.

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