remain in awe of James Lee Burke. Despite the occasional yet
persistent flaws in his books --- a tendency to rush his endings, a
manifestation of a seemingly pathological dislike of the wealthy
--- his work remains arguably unsurpassed by contemporary authors.
Burke mines much of the same territory explored by Erskine Caldwell
and, more recently, Cormac McCarthy --- the plight of the
underclass in the rural south --- but is more poetic than the
former and more accessible than the latter.
JESUS OUT TO SEA is a collection of Burke’s
under-appreciated short fiction, gathered