Search Results: "Lou Lee James"


BOOK REVIEW

FROM PARADISE TO HELL - AND BACK by Lou Lee James
Released: April 23, 2012

"Its share of lulls notwithstanding, a significant, well-captured journey."
James' debut novel tells the story of a man's journey from childhood to family man and all of life's inescapable hardships. Read full book review >

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Tooth & Talon by James Lee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 20, 2015

"Eerie, entertaining tales whose recurring themes and characters make them stronger."
Vampires, otherworldly creatures, and human killers populate Lee's debut collection of horror and suspense stories. 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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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"As studies of the Civil War become more narrow in focus, it's refreshing to find a volume that has some sweep to it, using the war in and around Kentucky to encapsulate the entire conflict in the West."
A well-written, well-argued story of the Civil War in the West. 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 >

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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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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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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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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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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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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 >