Search Results: "James Lee Burke"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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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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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CONVICT by James Lee Burke
Released: Nov. 24, 1985

"But on the whole, Burke, who has mostly published novels heretofore, seems message-heavy and schematic at shorter length."
Burke's stories frequently set up situations for good to conquer evil, for the disadvantaged to prove themselves more alive than the advantaged, for the wronged to take revenge—there's an old-fashioned Southern liberalism to them that seems morally worthy but artistically hollow. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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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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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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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 >