The Convict and Other Stories is a collection of short stories by James Lee Burke. Most of the stories are centered around familiar territories for Burke readers, Louisiana, Texas and the Southwest United States. They share his ability to create mood through the descriptions of the environment and the characters. I wondered a few times whether some of them were ideas for novels that couldn’t be expanded to a full book.
If you might guessed from the cover art that this is not a light read, you’d be correct. The James Lee Burke books that I have read will never pass for light-hearted reading, but each of them has been entertaining. I enjoyed the short stories as a change of pace from his longer works.