The Lost Get Back Boogie is a slap of cold water in the face. Burke writes with the cultural empathy of Tony Hillerman, the passion for nature and the environment of a Edward Abby, and the socio-psychological suspense of a James Lehane. This is literary suspense at its finest. While Burke is often called a mystery writer, there is no mystery in this novel. We follow the main character as he is released from a Louisiana prison of which he was sentenced for making a bad choice and watch him helplessly as he makes more bad choices. Yet we feel for this character and the others in this sensitive portrayal of American rural life. Highly recommend and certainly not just for mystery fans.