Dave Robicheaux is the real deal…

I can’t read most of James Lee Burke’s novels anymore – the violence is too much for my tender little sensibilities. But the man seems to know what he’s talking about when he talks about dry drunks, that’s for sure…

For those who don’t want to run up their bar tab or put themselves at the mercies of a drug dealer, there’s another recourse. You can go on what is called a dry drunk. You can stoke your anger the moment you open your eyes in the morning and feed it through the day, in the same way that someone incrementally tosses sticks on a controlled fire. Your anger allows you to mentally type up your own menu, with many choices on it. You can become a moralist and a reformer and make the lives of other people miserable. You can scapegoat others and inflame street mobs or highjack religion and wage wars in the name of a holy cause. You can spit in the soup from morning to night and stay as high as a helium balloon in a windstorm without ever breaking a sweat. When a drunk tells you he doesn’t have a problem anymore because he has quit drinking, flee his presence as quickly as possible.

Burke, James Lee (2012-07-17). Creole Belle (Dave Robicheaux) (p. 46). Simon & Schuster, Inc.. Kindle Edition.


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