True story: Within the course of four days, we had identical conversations with two people on opposite ends of the country about James Lee Burke
’s latest novel, The Glass Rainbow. Both had just finished it, and the one in Washington, D.C., called it one of the finest things she’d ever read. The one in Alaska said he had to re-read the last couple pages to make sure it was as powerful as he initially thought. (It was.) Our venerable crime fiction author, who splits his time between Lolo and Louisiana, hasn’t lost his fastball. In fact, Burke may be the rare writer who actually gets better with age.
Finalists, Best Local Writer
2. David James Duncan
3. Andy Smetanka