24 September, 2021

LitStaff Pick:Supporting (or Secondary) Characters Who Deserve Their Own Book

Clete Purcel
James Lee Burke’s Dave Robicheaux novels

Don’t get me wrong, I love every single Dave Robicheaux novel by James Lee Burke, and Dave is a great character to follow through all 18 or so of them. He’s conflicted: he’s a recovering alcoholic, he tries to go by the book but sometimes can’t, he struggles with moral dilemmas, and he tries hard to protect his family with a job that often puts them in danger. But I have always wanted to read a book from the point of view of his buddy, ex-cop and bail bondsman, (among other things), Cletus Purcel. He’s not conflicted. Clete is fun-loving, but he doesn’t suffer through the same types of troubled decisions Dave does. His decisions come easy. He’s a flat-out dysfunctional alcoholic with violent tendencies. He doesn’t give a shit. He’ll bust heads, take out kneecaps, and take risks right out in the open for all to see. There is no book he goes by except his book, and I want to read that one–I’m sure it’d be balls out and a helluva ride.

-Brady Allen

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