BitterrootBitterroot by James Lee Burke

It’s not uncommon to find signed copies of James Lee Burke’s earlier books in bookstores in the area because he used to teach at the college here, before he got famous, and I have read a few I picked up that way. Bitterroot is not signed, but it not one of his early books, either. Which is a shame, because the earlier books, like The Neon Rain, and The Lost Get-Back Boogie, seemed a little richer, a little fuller than this one.

I think over time Burke’s books have gotten a little more formulaic. I feel he’s turning over the sme ground. But he’s a fine writer, and his books are still enjoyable, still well worth reading.  Grade: C+.


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