- Hardcover: 448 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (15 July 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1476710791
- ISBN-13: 978-1476710792
- Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3.6 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 609,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Wayfaring Stranger (Holland Family Novel) Hardcover – 15 Jul 2014
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Burke is, for me, one of the great American novelists - in any genre. In more than 30 novels over four decades, he has demonstrated repeatedly that he is a supreme storyteller and among the finest writers of contemporary prose ... the story is a visceral excoriation of the darkest side of the American dream, and asks the complicated question: can a good man ever defeat evil with goodness alone? (Geoffrey Wansell DAILY MAIL) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A brilliant standalone novel from the crime-writing genius, James Lee Burke. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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The first chapter is superb, the sense of place and time so strong and defined you can smell the dust and weariness.
The story is bleak, with occasional successes mentioned in passing and setbacks focused upon. However it is epic in scope, detailed and increasingly tense. Sections could usefully be edited but the prose is as good as he has ever written, searing and creating images that stay with you long after finishing the book. Sadly it does end in a rather hasty epilogue which leaves the story both unfinished and unreasonably tidy, if that is possible. After ratcheting up the tension it runs out of steam rather suddenly, which is a great shame in terms of the scale and heart JLB has put into this novel. The character of Weldon is dark and unyielding, with echoes of Dave Robicheaux in his unremitting sense of principle, alienating and frustrating almost everyone around him. However in the best tradition of an unreliable narrator there remains a lot hidden of Weldon, and in fact the partner Herschel and his wife Linda Gail come to dominate. And there is an element of unreliability about Weldon's interpretation of what underlies the events that happen, rarely seeing the contribution that he himself makes through stubbornness and downright antagonism rather than a vast conspiracy proposed by antagonist Roy Wiseheart. In contrast to the fully realised and complex Linda Gail, Weldon's wife Rosita is strangely bland - her heroic suffering does not leave room for the shades of grey needed to explain her.Read more ›
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Classic James Lee Burke,I loved it,have all of his books and hope he keeps going for a long time. I am already looking forward to the next one!Published 16 months ago by Susan Asher