James Lee Burke - Author

About the Author

James Lee Burke is the author of many previous novels, many featuring Detective Dave Robicheaux. He won the Edgar Award in 1998 for Cimarron Rose, while Black Cherry Blues won the Edgar in 1990 and Sunset Limited was awarded the CWA Gold Dagger in 1998. He lives with his wife, Pearl, in Missoula, Montana and New Iberia, Louisiana.

Featured books by James Lee Burke

Feast Day of Fools

Feast Day of Fools

Author: James Lee Burke Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/07/2012

Not one, or two but three terrifyingly brutal killers are mixed with a some fundamental religion for a powerfully heady and intense story. Sheriff Hackberry Holland is back for a 3rd appearance in this 30th novel from James Lee Burke; we also get a second outing for the sociopathic killer preacher Jack Collins. As ever Burke delivers confirming his premier league author status on both sides of the Atlantic.

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The Glass Rainbow

The Glass Rainbow

Author: James Lee Burke Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/07/2011

July 2011 eBook of the Month. Dave Robicheaux is on the trail of a serial killer, while trying to protect his daughter from a boyfriend with a dark side, in the latest in James Lee Burke's classic series. It's not often you find an author who you cannot fault for producing anything other than a piece of superb writing and plotting.   His books are great for discussion in Reading Groups and this one has some useful reading group notes to get you started.

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The Tin Roof Blowdown

The Tin Roof Blowdown

Author: James Lee Burke Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/06/2008

This is the 16th novel in the Dave Robicheaux series and although familiarity with the characters may make this a slightly more enjoyable read it is still an excellent stand alone story. Burke loves Louisiana and in this novel we see his devastation at the effects of Hurricane Katrina, the breakdown of law and order that ensued his disdain with how the government handled the whole situation. A great crime novel with a strong political undertow.

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Pegasus Descending

Pegasus Descending

Author: James Lee Burke Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/07/2006

A superb new Dave Robicheaux mystery from the multi award-winning crime writer.

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The Neon Rain

The Neon Rain

Author: James Lee Burke Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/06/2005

Introducing the New Orleans detective Dave Robicheaux. Johnny Massina, a convicted murderer bound for the electric chair, has warned Dave Robicheaux that he's on somebody's hit list, and now the homicide detective is trying to discover just who that is before he ends up dead. Meanwhile he has taken on the murder investigation of a young black girl found dead in the Bayou Swamp - a case no one seems keen for him to investigate. But Robicheaux persists and uncovers a web of corruption that some would kill to protect, leading him to a terrifying confrontation with the one horror he fears most of all.

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In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead

In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead

Author: James Lee Burke Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/06/1997

  Like James Lee Burke; read John Connolly. Few crime writers flirt with the supernatural, as its essence basically denies some of the major rules of mystery writing, but both Burke and Connolly do so and you never feel cheated. Burke’s Louisiana investigator Dave Robicheaux talks with the dead, while Connolly’s mourning cop Charlie Parker lives with the ghosts of his past. But their solid plots and gripping adventures prove hypnotically atmospheric, and the America they unveil in their books is different from any one else’s: lush, mysterious and compelling.Recommended:James Lee Burke - IN THE ELECTRIC MIST WITH CONFEDERATE DEAD. The body of a black man in a bayou leads Robicheaux through a maze of intrigue with roots in the past and contemporary corruption. Exquisitely written to the extent that landscape and mood become as important as actual plot.John Connolly - THE LOVERS. Charlie Parker is down on his luck, stripped of his investigator’s license and working in a bar when the past rushes back with a vengeance, and the death of an innocent young couple uncovers layers of deception.

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Other books by James Lee Burke

Black Cherry Blues

Black Cherry Blues

Author: James Lee Burke Format: Ebook Release Date: 15/12/2011

Dave Robicheaux was once a Louisiana homicide cop. Now he's trying to start a new life, opening up a fishing business and caring for his adopted girl, Alafair. Compared to Louisiana, Robicheaux thought Montana would be safe--until two Native American activists suddenly go missing. When Robicheaux begins investigating, he is led into the dark world of the Mafia and oil companies. At the same time, someone from his past comes back to haunt him. Someone who was responsible for Robicheaux's flight from New Orleans--someone who brutally murdered his wife--and now is after young Alafair ... Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Novel, BLACK CHERRY BLUES spans from the mystical streets of New Orleans to the endless mountains of Montana, and ranks among James Lee Burke's finest work--an enduring classic , darkly beautiful and thrilling.

Feast Day of Fools

Feast Day of Fools

Author: James Lee Burke Format: Ebook Release Date: 27/09/2011

A Simon & Schuster audiobook. Simon & Schuster has a great book for every listener.

Glass Rainbow

Glass Rainbow

Author: James Lee Burke Format: Ebook Release Date: 13/07/2010

Beloved hero Detective Dave Robicheaux returns to his roots, becoming entangled in a series of murders connected with an ex-convict turned bestselling author. Another bestselling triumph from James Lee Burke. A brilliant prose stylist, a preternaturally sensitive student of human nature, and a storyteller of the highest rank, James Lee Burke has created one of the classic characters of American fiction. Driven by a keen sense of right and wrong, forever in conflict with his twin demons of alcoholism and rage, Detective Dave Robicheaux is a flawed yet singularly sympathetic hero.Detective Dave Robicheaux is back home in New Iberia Parish and once again on the trail of a killer. But when his best friend is accused of murder and his daughter gets involved with some shady business, Robicheaux will need to muster every ounce of guts, wit, and investigative chops he has to solve the case.

Lay Down My Sword and Shield

Lay Down My Sword and Shield

Author: James Lee Burke Format: Ebook Release Date: 16/02/2010

Now available on audio for the first time, the classic novel marking the debut of James Lee Burkes Hack Holland. Hackberry Holland, cousin of beloved James Lee Burke hero Billy Bob Holland, made his debut in Lay Down My Sword and Shield, originally published in 1971. Now, fans can learn about Hacks colorful history, forged against the backdrop of the civil rights era. In hot and sultry Texas, Hack, an attorney and Korean War POW, is being pushed by his wife, his brother, and his so-called friends in the oil business to run for political office. But Hack would prefer to drink, look after his beloved horses, and represent the occasional long-shot pro bono case at his law firm. When Hack attempts to overturn a conviction for an old army buddy, he finds himself embroiled in the seamy underbelly of the Texas patronage systemand in the earliest beginnings of the United Farm Workers movement, led by a beautiful woman who speaks to his heart in a way no one else has. As Hack begins to bring justice to the underserved, he finds both a new love and a new purpose. With his skillful blend of engaging plotlines, compelling characters, and graceful prose, James Lee Burke demonstrates the shimmering clarity of vision that has made him beloved by suspense fans all over the globe.

Rain Gods

Rain Gods

Author: James Lee Burke Format: Ebook Release Date: 14/07/2009

When Hackberry Holland became sheriff of a tiny Texas town near the Mexican border, he'd hoped to leave certain things behind: his checkered reputation, his haunted dreams, and his obsessive memories of the good life with his late wife, Rie. But the discovery of the bodies of nine illegal aliens, machine-gunned to death and buried in a shallow grave behind a church, soon makes it clear that he won't escape so easily. As Hack and Deputy Sheriff Pam Tibbs attempt to untangle the threads of this complex and grisly case, a damaged young Iraq veteran, Pete Flores, and his girlfriend, Vikki Gaddis, are running for their lives, hoping to outwit the bloodthirsty criminals who want to kill Pete for his involvement in the murders. The only trouble is, Pete doesn't know who he's running from: drunk and terrified, he fled the scene of the crime when the shooting began. And there's a long list of people who want Pete and Vikki dead: crime boss Hugo Cistranos, who hired Pete for the operation; Nick Dolan, a strip club owner and small-time gangster with revenge on his mind; and a mysterious God-fearing serial-killer-for-hire known as Preacher Jack Collins, with enigmatic motives of his own. With the FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and a host of cold-blooded killers on Pete and Vikki's trail, it's up to Sheriff Holland to find them first and figure out who's behind the mass murder before anyone else ends up dead. In this thrilling and intricate work, James Lee Burke has once again proven himself a master storyteller and a perceptive chronicler of the darkest corners of the human heart.

Swan Peak

Swan Peak

Author: James Lee Burke Format: Ebook Release Date: 08/07/2008

Trouble follows Dave Robicheaux. James Lee Burke's new novel finds Detective Robicheaux far from his New Iberia roots, attempting to relax in the untouched wilderness of rural Montana. He, his wife, and his buddy Clete Purcel have retreated to stay at an old friend's ranch, hoping to spend their days fishing and enjoying their distance from the harsh, gritty landscape of Louisiana post-Katrina. But the serenity is quickly shattered when two college students are found brutally murdered in the hills behind where the Robicheauxs and Purcel are staying. Drawn into a twisted and dangerous mystery involving a wealthy, vicious oil tycoon, his deformed brother and beautiful wife, a sexually deviant minister, an escaped con and former country music star, and a vigilante Texas gunbull out for blood. At the center of the storm is Clete, who cannot shake the feeling that he is being haunted by ghosts from his past -- namely Sally Dio, the mob boss he'd sabotaged and killed years before. In this expertly drawn, gripping story, Burke deftly weaves intricate, engaging plotlines and original, compelling characters with his uniquely graceful prose. He transcends genre yet again in the latest thrilling addition to his New York Times bestselling series.

Tin Roof Blowdown

Tin Roof Blowdown

Author: James Lee Burke Format: Ebook Release Date: 17/07/2007

In the waning days of summer, 2005, a storm with greater impact than the bomb that struck Hiroshima peels the face off southern Louisiana. This is the gruesome reality Iberia Parish Sheriff's Detective Dave Robicheaux discovers when he is deployed to New Orleans. As James Lee Burke's new novel, The Tin Roof Blowdown, begins, Hurricane Katrina has left the commercial district and residential neighborhoods awash with looters and predators of every stripe. The power grid of the city has been destroyed and New Orleans reduced to the level of a medieval society. There is no law, no order, no sanctuary for the infirm, the helpless, and the innocent. Bodies float in the streets and lie impaled on the branches of flooded trees. In the midst of an apocalyptical nightmare, Robicheaux must find two serial rapists, a morphine-addicted priest, and a vigilante who may be more dangerous than the criminals looting the city. In a singular style that defines the genre, James Lee Burke has created a hauntingly bleak picture of life in New Orleans after Katrina. Filled with complex characters and depictions of people at both their best and worst, The Tin Roof Blowdown is not only an action-packed crime thriller but a poignant story of courage and sacrifice that critics are already calling Burke's best work.

Winter Light

Winter Light

Author: James Lee Burke Format: Ebook Release Date: 10/07/2007

A short story from one of the countrys most-acclaimed and popular novelists James Lee Burke's story collection, JESUS OUT TO SEA.

Village

Village

Author: James Lee Burke Format: Ebook Release Date: 10/07/2007

A short story from one of the country's most-acclaimed and popular novelists James Lee Burke's story collection, Jesus Out to Sea.

Night Johnny Ace Died

Night Johnny Ace Died

Author: James Lee Burke Format: Ebook Release Date: 10/07/2007

A short story from one of the countrys most-acclaimed and popular novelists James Lee Burke's story collection, JESUS OUT TO SEA.

Why Bugsy Siegel Was a Friend of Mine

Why Bugsy Siegel Was a Friend of Mine

Author: James Lee Burke Format: Ebook Release Date: 10/07/2007

A short story from one of the countrys most-acclaimed and popular novelists James Lee Burke's story collection, JESUS OUT TO SEA.

Burning of the Flag

Burning of the Flag

Author: James Lee Burke Format: Ebook Release Date: 10/07/2007

A short story from one of the countrys most-acclaimed and popular novelists James Lee Burke's story collection, JESUS OUT TO SEA.

Molester

Molester

Author: James Lee Burke Format: Ebook Release Date: 10/07/2007

A short story from one of the countrys most-acclaimed and popular novelists James Lee Burke's story collection, JESUS OUT TO SEA.

Season of Regret

Season of Regret

Author: James Lee Burke Format: Ebook Release Date: 10/07/2007

A short story from one of the countrys most-acclaimed and popular novelists James Lee Burke's story collection, JESUS OUT TO SEA.

Mist

Mist

Author: James Lee Burke Format: Ebook Release Date: 10/07/2007

A short story from one of the countrys most-acclaimed and popular novelists James Lee Burke's story collection, JESUS OUT TO SEA.

Texas City, 1947

Texas City, 1947

Author: James Lee Burke Format: Ebook Release Date: 10/07/2007

A short story from one of the countrys most-acclaimed and popular novelists James Lee Burke's story collection, JESUS OUT TO SEA.

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