Search Results: "James Lee Burke"


BOOK REVIEW

LEE by Tito Perdue
Released: Aug. 15, 1991

"A promising debut."
A first novel that follows an old man, a kind of Old Testament prophet full of books and anger at the age, as he wanders— sometimes violently—through the modern urban world and into his own past. 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 >

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HEAVEN'S PRISONERS by James Lee Burke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1988

"This talented writer could use a third-person narrator to keep the humorless Robicheaux in his place."
The second of Burke's hot-sauce suspensers featuring Dave Robicheaux, protagonist of The Neon Rain (1987); this one is less frantic, more rooted in a specific (Cajun) culture. Read full book review >

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WAYFARING STRANGER by James Lee Burke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 2014

"Instead of focusing on the wages of long-ago sin, as he generally does, Burke (Light of the World, 2013) shows the sins actually being committed over several fraught years in the nation's history. The result is a new spaciousness married to his fine-tuned sense of retribution."
A sequel to the Hackberry Holland trio (Feast Day of Fools, 2011, etc.) that's also an unofficial prequel to most of Burke's other 32 novels. Read full book review >

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LIGHT OF THE WORLD by James Lee Burke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 23, 2013

"Pruning away the florid subplots that often clutter his heaven-storming blood baths, Burke produces his most sharply focused, and perhaps his most harrowing, study of human evil, refracted through the conventions of the crime novel."
Dave Robicheaux's latest Montana vacation is beset by demons old and new. Read full book review >

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PURPLE CANE ROAD by James Lee Burke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 15, 2000

"Though the links among felonies can be insultingly casual, and the mystery is no more mysterious than a ritual sacrifice, Burke's powerfully evoked world shows why the past, as Faulkner said, not only isn't dead; it isn't even past."
Another round of violence in New Iberia Parish leads sheriff's investigator Dave Robicheaux (Sunset Limited, 1998, etc.) to reopen the darkest mystery he's ever faced: the murder of his mother. Read full book review >

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THE LOST GET-BACK BOOGIE by James Lee Burke
Released: Nov. 21, 1986

"Lots of true grit and a little tenderness combine to make this an absorbing tale of modern life on the range."
Bulging with virile prose, this good-hearted novel grabs you by the collar, roughs you up a bit, then buys you a drink afterwards. Read full book review >