Search Results: "James Lee Burke"


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SUNSET LIMITED by James Lee Burke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1998

"On the other hand, the characters' buried secrets, floating just beneath the surface like so many hungry gators, remind you why reading even lesser Burke is like reading lesser Faulkner."
After Burke's Texas sabbatical in Cimarron Rose (1997), it's back to the bayous with Dave Robicheaux, struggling as usual to right an old injustice while balancing the weight of the world on his back. Read full book review >

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CADILLAC JUKEBOX by James Lee Burke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Only Walter Mosley rivals Burke's ability to burrow so deeply into his detective's world that he creates a compelling sense of personal mythology."
Twenty-eight years after NAACP stalwart Ely Dixon was killed, KKK alumnus Aaron Crown's finally convicted of his murder—and that's just the beginning of the trouble in Dave Robicheaux's Iberia Parish (Burning Angel, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >

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WHITE DOVES AT MORNING by James Lee Burke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Shorn of any mystery but the mystery of evil, this roiling, deeply old-fashioned tale is less successful as a stand-alone revisiting of The Clansman and Gone With the Wind than as a kind of all-purpose backstory—or, more accurately, a prototype—of the Robicheaux saga."
Think the rumbustious Dave Robicheaux novels (Jolie Blon's Bounce, p. 437, etc.) have so little mystery that they could dispense with the mystery formula altogether? Here's a test case: a Civil War/Reconstruction yarn that's also a fictionalized family history. Read full book review >

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CRUSADER’S CROSS by James Lee Burke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 12, 2005

"The result—a mixture as explosive as any in Dave's checkered history, yet clearer in its outlines and miraculously free of fustian—is Burke's best book in years."
Hints about the fate of a warmhearted prostitute who vanished long ago plunge Dave Robicheaux into violence, revenge, betrayal and serial murder. 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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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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IN THE ELECTRIC MIST WITH CONFEDERATE DEAD by James Lee Burke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 15, 1993

"After outstanding success in the genre, Burke has produced a violent, somber, deeply satisfying crossover novel."
New Iberia Lt. Read full book review >

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HEARTWOOD by James Lee Burke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1999

"The obsessive return of Burke's ambitious themes, together with his characters' inexhaustible capacity for courage, tenderness, and rage, makes him the Faulkner of the American crime novel."
A second rangy Texas crime opera (Cimarron Rose, 1997) from the Edgar-winning chronicler of bayou detective Dave Robicheaux. Read full book review >

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BLACK CHERRY BLUES by James Lee Burke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 13, 1989

"Though his prose is as overmuscled as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Burke tells an evocative and compelling story of a good man's struggle With the vigilante inside him."
Case #3 for alcoholic Cajun ex-cop Dave Robicheaux (The Neon Rain, Heaven's Prisoners) sends him and his adoptive daughter Alafair to Montana on a quest for the usual justice and revenge. Read full book review >

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DIXIE CITY JAM by James Lee Burke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 4, 1994

A Nazi U-boat sunk 50 years ago off the Louisiana coast is the catalyst for New Iberia (La.) sheriff's deputy Dave Robicheaux's latest descent into the depths of human nature. Read full book review >

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LAST CAR TO ELYSIAN FIELDS by James Lee Burke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 23, 2003

"Give yourself a star if this all sounds awfully familiar, and another if you can remember who killed whom ten minutes after Burke's last glowing page."
New Iberia homicide detective Dave Robicheaux (Jolie Blon's Bounce, 2002, etc.) battles—what else?—strutting criminals, willing women, long-buried crimes, and his own most violent impulses. 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 >