Search Results: "James Lee Burke"


BOOK REVIEW

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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BITTERROOT by James Lee Burke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2001

"There can't be much suspense when everybody in Missoula County wants to kill everybody else. Instead, Burke provides another chapter of the kind of scorched-earth moral warfare that never ends."
Billy Bob Holland (Heartwood, 1999, etc.) leaves his Texas law practice behind for a fishing trip with his old friend Dr. Tobin Voss in Montana—forgetting that Burke's troubled heroes can't travel far enough to leave trouble behind. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A STAINED WHITE RADIANCE by James Lee Burke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1992

"This series keeps getting stronger and stronger."
Another dark rhapsody on Burke's favorite themes—power and vengeance, organized crime, maverick Louisiana lawmen, and nightmares from Vietnam—all pulled together more tightly than ever by the Sonnier family, threatened by somebody (oilman brother Weldon's mob contacts? televangelist brother Lyle's stray sheep? sister Drew's old political enemies? brother-in-law Bobby Earl's followers in the Aryan Nation? hateful paterfamilias Verise, long presumed dead in a tanker explosion?) who first shoots out Weldon's window and then executes a cop in the family basement. Read full book review >