A Violent Conscience: Essays on the Fiction of James Lee Burke

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Mysteries and detective stories are among the most popular of books but the writers of such genre fiction suffer from a perception that their work is to be taken less seriously than so-called literary fiction. The novels of James Lee Burke, one of the most distinguished writers of crime novels, challenge that notion, as do the twelve essays in this collection. This work examines Burke as a writer who has expanded the mystery-detective genre with an astonishing diversity of themes, imaginative language and descriptions, and unforgettable characters. He seems unbounded by limitations of genre. An interview with Burke is included.

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Leonard Engel, a professor of English at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, is the editor of several essay collections and the author of numerous articles.

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"a fine collection of essays...a fascinating interview with Burke"--Western American Literature; "Burke still doesn't get as much mainstream attention as he deserves. Engel's collection goes a long way toward removing this vacuum and brings careful analysis and thoughtful insight into the work of a writer respected and admired by many"--Southwestern American Literature.

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