Search Results: "Lou Lee James"


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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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IN THE MOON OF RED PONIES by James Lee Burke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 8, 2004

"Required reading for anybody who wonders whether mystery plotting has a future in mainstream fiction."
Wyatt Dixon, the psycho Billy Bob Holland put away forever in Bitterroot (2001), is back—but he's the least of Billy Bob's troubles this time. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 >