Search Results: "James Lee Burke"


BOOK REVIEW

THE JEALOUS KIND by James Lee Burke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Burke's gritty coming-of-age tale is a typically entertaining read that may cap a trilogy but also begs for a sequel."
The Holland clan that features in various series by the prolific author appears this time in 1952 Houston, where street gangs, mobsters, and class conflict offer a grim view of postwar America. Read full book review >

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HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN by James Lee Burke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"Burke's sure hand for crisp dialogue and a compelling story falters with the philosophizing he allows his wayward lawman to wallow in a bit too often. But then, resourceful warriors from Odysseus on have tended to ruminate."
The Holland clan of Texas lawmen and lawyers who populate one of the author's several crime series expands its family tree backward to the early 20th century with the exploits of a truly ornery good guy and his scary Austrian nemesis. Read full book review >

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JESUS OUT TO SEA by James Lee Burke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2007

"If some of the endings are rushed or unconvincing or just plain AWOL, that's because Burke understands that conflicts like these, even spun out to novel length, never truly end."
Eleven violent, heartfelt slices of life among the underdogs of the Louisiana bayous and Texas plains from acclaimed mystery novelist Burke (Pegasus Descending, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >

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BURNING ANGEL by James Lee Burke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"But the ingredients this time are so familiar—the tormented vet, the moralizing killer, the buried treasure that should've stayed buried, and of course Dave's own barely governable violence—that he seems to be writing almost as formulaically as Dick Francis."
Burke's last several novels have shown a deepening fascination with the weight of past history; here, in his ninth Dave Robicheaux adventure (Dixie City Jam, 1994, etc.), a treasure buried by Jean Lafitte joins a telltale set of Vietnam-era dog tags to drag his characters down. Read full book review >

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LAY DOWN MY SWORD AND SHIELD by James Lee Burke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 18, 1971

"At the close he joins the ACLU and tends his horses."
A two-fisted-pants-hitching-cookie-cutter-day-dream for liberals who wince at being "so-called" — this is the story of Texan Hack Holland, a Korean war veteran and lawyer with natural gas on his old-family property and problems. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 1, 1970

"One wishes he had done so earlier."
This is an updated down home tale that is as messy as the mines where its characters suffer. Read full book review >

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CREOLE BELLE by James Lee Burke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 17, 2012

"As if all the complications aren't enough, Burke, in his latest attempt to outdo himself, ties the Gulf oil spill to art fraud, sexual slavery and Nazis. A darkly magnificent treat for Dave's legion of admirers, though not the best place for newcomers to begin."
Great news for readers who feared that Burke had left Iberia Parish Sheriff's Deputy Dave Robicheaux dying at the end of The Glass Rainbow (2010); Dave and his old friend Clete Purcel are back for an even more heaven-storming round of homicide, New Orleans-style. Read full book review >

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RAIN GODS by James Lee Burke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2009

"Nearly every scene builds to a fine crescendo of tension, though the story as a whole is too ritualistic to do the same."
The murder of nine Thai prostitutes in a border town kicks off fireworks for a Texas cousin of Billy Bob Holland, who left plenty of violent miscreants behind when he retired to Montana (In the Moon of Red Ponies, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE TIN ROOF BLOWDOWN by James Lee Burke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 17, 2007

"Apart from the operatically scaled evocation of the hurricane, a shattering portrait Burke was born to create, the most striking creation here is Bertrand Melancon, a lost soul who can't decide whether he's an avenger or a penitent."
A looting and shooting at the height of Hurricane Katrina's destruction sucks Dave Robicheaux (Pegasus Descending, 2006, etc.) into New Orleans's purgatorial ordeal. Read full book review >

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PEGASUS DESCENDING by James Lee Burke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 11, 2006

"As usual, fans of this distinguished series will have a lot more sympathy for Dave (Crusader's Cross, 2005, etc.) than he can muster for himself."
Twenty-five years after he failed to save a buddy's life in Opa-Locka, Fla., New Iberia Sheriff's Deputy Dave Robicheaux's own life is upended still again when the buddy's daughter blows into town. Read full book review >

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JOLIE BLON’S BOUNCE by James Lee Burke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 10, 2002

"The volcanic types Dave's saga (Purple Cane Road, 2000, etc.) has made familiar are muffled this time out, and the plotting is even more darkly tangled than usual. Yet Burke succeeds over and over again in writing harshly lacerating scenes nobody's ever written before—not even him."
The rape and murder of a high school girl opens still another doorway back into the doomy past of Dave Robicheaux's New Iberia Parish. Read full book review >

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CIMARRON ROSE by James Lee Burke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Even the ragged ends make other mystery novels look anemic."
You can take Burke out of Louisiana's Iberia Parish (Cadillac Jukebox, 1996, etc.), but you can't take Iberia out of Burke, as this tangled tale of Texas murder and memory makes wondrously clear. Read full book review >