Search Results: "James Lee Burke"


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THE NEON RAIN by James Lee Burke
Released: March 27, 1987

"But while there is much garish overwriting here, there are also some fine scenes that fairly crackle with menace."
A New Orleans homicide cop confronts arms-smugglers, the Mafia and his own private demons in this bloody, ripsnorting suspenser, the latest offering from Burke (The Convict, The Lost Get-Back Boogie). Read full book review >

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A MORNING FOR FLAMINGOS by James Lee Burke
Released: Oct. 29, 1990

"Another robust study of powerfully shifting motives disguised as an action yarn—thick and strong as southern gumbo."
Fresh from his Edgar-winning Black Cherry Blues, Cajun policeman-avenger Dave Robicheaux goes after an escaped murderer and finds himself taking DEA money as the bagman in a cocaine sting, The murderer is Jimmie Lee Boggs, whose escape from custody left Dave's partner dead and Dave wounded, but alive, only because fellow-escapee Tee Beau Latolais just pretended to pull the trigger. Read full book review >

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FEAST DAY OF FOOLS by James Lee Burke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"The dialogue scenes, along with the action sequences, the South Texas landscape and the indelibly conflicted characters make you want to give Burke a medal; the tangled plot, which lurches from one great sequence to the next without going anywhere but the grave, is the price you pay for these deep pleasures."
Hackberry Holland's third appearance, and Burke's 30th, brings back sociopathic killer Preacher Jack Collins (Rain Gods, 2009, etc.), but this time surrounds him with so many seriously bad guys that he can scarcely get the sheriff to take his phone calls. 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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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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FLEE SEVEN WAYS by James Lee Burke
Released: Sept. 24, 1864

"A con-vincing job."
In this first novel, a small-time crook, Harry Sprockett, describes his own rise and fall with insidious charm. 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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SWAN PEAK by James Lee Burke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 8, 2008

"Like all Dave's adventures, a tale of violent conflict whose deepest violence boils inside the heroes."
On leave from his job as sheriff's deputy in New Iberia, La., Dave Robicheaux learns that people in Montana's Big Sky country are as swaggering and venal as anyone in the Big Easy. Read full book review >

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THE GLASS RAINBOW by James Lee Burke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 13, 2010

"Burke, whose sonorous cadences and obsession with the past have often recalled Faulkner, has never resembled the sage of Yoknapatawpha more closely than in this magnificent attempt to get it all down between one cap and one period."
A gruesome series of murders drags Dave Robicheaux, of the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Department, out of his jurisdiction and onto the track of another harrowing cluster of high crimes and misdemeanors. 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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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 >