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Burke, James Lee 1936-

Works: 628 works in 4,205 publications in 12 languages and 153,392 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Thrillers (Fiction)  Historical fiction  History  Novels  Action and adventure fiction  Romance fiction  Adventure stories  Psychological fiction 
Roles: Author, Bibliographic antecedent, Creator, Contributor, wpr, Interviewee
Classifications: PS3552.U723, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by James Lee Burke
The tin roof blowdown : a Dave Robicheaux novel by James Lee Burke( Book )

87 editions published between 2003 and 2018 in English and French and held by 4,108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the waning days of summer, 2005, a storm with greater impact than the bomb that struck Hiroshima peels the face off southern Louisiana. This is the gruesome reality Iberia Parish Sheriff's Detective Dave Robicheaux discovers as he is deployed to New Orleans ... Hurricane Katrina has left the commercial district and residential neighborhoods awash with looters and predators of every stripe. The power grid of the city has been destroyed, New Orleans reduced to the level of a medieval society. There is no law, no order, no sanctuary for the infirm, the helpless, and the innocent. Bodies float in the streets and lie impaled on the branches of flooded trees. In the midst of an apocalyptical nightmare, Robicheaux must find two serial rapists, a morphine-addicted priest, and a vigilante who may be more dangerous than the criminals looting the city." --
Rain gods by James Lee Burke( Book )

62 editions published between 2009 and 2021 in 3 languages and held by 3,802 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With the FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and a host of cold-blooded killers on the trail of an Iraq veteran and his girlfriend, it's up to Texas Sheriff Hackberry Holland (cousin of Billy Bob Holland) and his deputy Pam Tibbs to find them first and figure out who's behind a mass murder of illegal aliens before anyone else ends up dead
Purple cane road : a novel by James Lee Burke( Book )

65 editions published between 1976 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 3,755 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Dave Robicheaux has spent his life confronting the age old adage that the sins of the father pass on to the son. But what was his mother's legacy? Dead to him since his youth, Mae Guillory has been shuttered away in the deep recesses of Robicheaux's mind. He's lived with the fact that he would never really know what happened to the woman who left him to the devices of a whiskey-driven father. but deep down, Dave still feels that the loss of his mother and knows that the infinite series of disappointments in her life could not have come to a good end. While helping out an old friend, Dave is stunned when a pimp looks at him sideways and asks if he is the son of Mae Guillory, the whore a bunch of cops murdered thirty years ago. Her body was dumped in the bayou bordering Purple Cane Road, and the cops who left her there are still on the job. Dave's search for his mother's killers leads him to the darker places in his past, and solving this case teaches him what it means to be his mother's son."--Jacket
Pegasus descending : a Dave Robicheaux novel by James Lee Burke( Book )

60 editions published between 1984 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 3,641 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Detective Dave Robicheaux is facing the most painful and dangerous case of his career. A troubled young woman breezes into his hometown of New Iberia, Louisiana. She happens to be the daughter of Robicheaux's onetime best friend--a friend he witnessed gunned down in a bank robbery, a tragedy that forever changed Robicheaux's life. The twists begin when Trish Klein--the only offspring of Robicheaux's Vietnam-era buddy--starts passing marked hundred-dollar bills in local casinos. Is she a good kid gone bad? A victim's child seeking revenge? A promiscuous beauty seducing everyone good within her grasp? And how does her behavior relate to the apparent suicide of another "good" girl, an ace student named Yvonne Darbonne, who apparently participated in a college frat orgy before her death?--Provided by publisher
Creole belle by James Lee Burke( Book )

63 editions published between 2012 and 2018 in 7 languages and held by 3,593 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When last seen in The Glass Rainbow, the previous book in the Dave Robicheaux series, Robicheaux was recovering in a New Orleans hospital from a near-fatal bullet wound. Immobilized and heavily medicated by morphine, he was visited there by a beautiful Creole woman named Tee Jolie Melton. After she's gone, his fond, hazy remembrances of her are rekindled by one song, "Creole Belle" on the iPod that she left behind. Now obsessed by the song and thoughts of her, he goes in search of her. He finds instead the frozen corpse of her sister floating at sea. As he grapples with that mystery, an oil rig explodes on the Gulf threatening the cherished environs of the bayous. Robicheaux then swings into action, leading the charge against the destruction of both the land and the people he has sworn to protect
Swan Peak : a Dave Robicheaux novel by James Lee Burke( Book )

63 editions published between 2008 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 3,536 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Detective Dave Robicheaux returns in another adventure--only this time, he travels from New Iberia Parish to the wilds of Montana to solve the mysterious murder of a University of Montana coed and her boyfriend
Feast day of fools : a novel by James Lee Burke( Book )

41 editions published between 2006 and 2019 in English and held by 3,486 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Interviewing an alcoholic Native American who witnessed a murder along the Texas-Mexico border, Sheriff Hack Holland and his deputy, Sam Tibbs, recognize the work of serial killer Preacher Jack Collins in an investigation that is assisted by the enigmatic Anton Ling
Wayfaring stranger : a novel by James Lee Burke( Book )

47 editions published between 2014 and 2021 in 3 languages and held by 3,437 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From "America's best novelist" (The Denver Post): A sprawling thriller drenched with atmosphere and intrigue that takes a young boy from a chance encounter with Bonnie and Clyde to the trenches of World War II and the oil fields along the Texas-Louisiana coast. It is 1934 and the Depression is bearing down when sixteen-year-old Weldon Avery Holland happens upon infamous criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow after one of their notorious armed robberies. A confrontation with the outlaws ends as Weldon puts a bullet through the rear window of Clyde's stolen automobile. Ten years later, Second Lieutenant Weldon Holland and his sergeant, Hershel Pine, escape certain death in the Battle of the Bulge and encounter a beautiful young woman named Rosita Lowenstein hiding in a deserted extermination camp. Eventually, Weldon and Rosita fall in love and marry and, with Hershel, return to Texas to seek their fortunes. There, they enter the domain of jackals known as the oil business. They meet Roy Wiseheart--a former Marine aviator haunted with guilt for deserting his squadron leader over the South Pacific--and Roy's wife Clara, a vicious anti-Semite who is determined to make Weldon and Rosita's life a nightmare. It will be the frontier justice upheld by Weldon's grandfather, Texas lawman Hackberry Holland, and the legendary antics of Bonnie and Clyde that shape Weldon's plans for saving his family from the evil forces that lurk in peacetime America and threaten to destroy them all"--
Sunset limited by James Lee Burke( Book )

61 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 3,360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Louisiana deputy sheriff, Dave Robicheaux, reopens a probe into the slaying, 40 years earlier, of a labor organizer whose killers were never brought to justice. The man was crucified to a barn
Light of the world : a Dave Robicheaux novel by James Lee Burke( Book )

43 editions published between 2007 and 2018 in English and held by 3,330 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Police detective Dave Robicheaux faces off with the most diabolical villain he has ever faced in the twentieth installment of the Dave Robicheaux series. Sadistic serial killer Asa Surette avoids the death penalty for murders he committed while capital punishment was banned. But when Robicheaux's daughter Alafair writes a series of articles implicating Surrette in other murders which could get him death, he decides to escape prison and make her pay. Can Robicheaux save his daughter?
Jolie Blon's bounce : a novel by James Lee Burke( Book )

22 editions published between 2002 and 2018 in English and held by 3,208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Battling personal demons while working on two murders, New Iberia detective Dave Robicheaux believes that chief suspect Tee Bobby Hulin is innocent but must find the real killer before the father of one of the victims metes out his own justice
Last car to Elysian Fields : a novel by James Lee Burke( Book )

55 editions published between 2003 and 2018 in English and held by 3,185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Detective Robicheaux investigates a car crash that ended the lives of three teenage girls, a case that is compromised by a grief-crazed father, a psychologically unbalanced assassin, and a cache of dangerous secrets
House of the rising sun : a novel by James Lee Burke( Book )

35 editions published between 2015 and 2020 in English and Danish and held by 3,154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"After a violent encounter that leaves four Mexican soldiers dead, Hackberry escapes the country in possession of a stolen artifact, earning the ire of a bloodthirsty Austrian arms dealer who then places Hack's son Ishmael squarely in the cross hairs of a plot to recapture his prize, believed to be the mythic cup of Christ. Along the way, we meet three extraordinary women: Ruby Dansen, the Danish immigrant who is Ishmael's mother and Hackberry's one true love; Beatrice DeMolay, a brothel madam descended from the crusader knight who brought the shroud of Turin back from the Holy Land; and Maggie Bassett, one-time lover of the Sundance Kid, whose wiles rival those of Lady Macbeth. In her own way, each woman will aid Hackberry in his quest to reconcile with Ishmael, to vanquish their enemies, and to return the Grail to its rightful place" --
White doves at morning : a novel by James Lee Burke( Book )

50 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and held by 3,050 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Despite their misgivings about "the Cause," Willie Burke and his best friends, three young men from New Iberia, Louisiana, enlist in the Confederate Army and head off to war, in a novel drawn from the author's own family history
Heartwood by James Lee Burke( Book )

59 editions published between 1996 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 2,977 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lawyer Billy Holland of Texas, goes after a town's bully, proving the law is not always on the side of the rich. The villain, a millionaire businessman, has been extorting land from little people
Cadillac jukebox by James Lee Burke( Book )

63 editions published between 1996 and 2018 in 6 languages and held by 2,970 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

No one was surprised when Aaron Crown was arrested for the decades-old murder of the most famous black civil rights leader in Louisiana. After all, his family were shiftless timber people who brought their ways into the Cajun wetlands, trailing rumors of ties to the Ku Klux Klan. Only Dave Robicheaux, to whom Crown proclaims his innocence, worries that Crown had been made a scapegoat for the collective guilt of a generation. But when Buford LaRose, scion of an old Southern family and author of a book that sent Crown to prison, is elected governor, strange things start to happen. Dave is offered a job as head of the state police; a documentary filmmaker seeking to prove Crown's innocence is killed; and the governor's wife--a former flame--once again turns her seductive powers on Dave. It's clear that Dave must find out the dark truth about Aaron Crown, a truth that too many people want to remain hidden
The jealous kind : a novel by James Lee Burke( Book )

34 editions published between 2016 and 2019 in English and held by 2,960 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On its surface, life in Houston is as you would expect: drive-in restaurants, souped-up cars, jukeboxes, teenagers discovering their sexuality. But beneath the glitz and superficial normalcy, a class war has begun, and it is nothing like the conventional portrayal of the decade. Against this backdrop Aaron Holland Broussard discovers the poignancy of first love and a world of violence he did not know existed. When Aaron spots the beautiful and gifted Valerie Epstein fighting with her boyfriend, Grady Harrelson, at a Galveston drive-in, he inadvertently challenges the power of the Mob and one of the richest families in Texas. He also discovers he must find the courage his father had found as an American soldier in the Great War
The New Iberia blues by James Lee Burke( Book )

36 editions published between 2019 and 2020 in English and French and held by 2,941 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Detective Dave Robicheaux's world isn't filled with too many happy stories, but Desmond Cormier's rags-to-riches tale is certainly one of them. Robicheaux first met Cormier on the streets of New Orleans, when the young, undersized boy had foolish dreams of becoming a Hollywood director. Twenty-five years later, when Robicheaux knocks on Cormier's door, it isn't to congratulate him on his Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations. Robicheaux has discovered the body of a young woman who's been crucified, wearing only a small chain on her ankle. She disappeared near Cormier's Cyrpemort Point estate, and Robicheaux, along with young deputy, Sean McClain, are looking for answers. Neither Cormier nor his enigmatic actor friend Antoine Butterworth are saying much, but Robicheaux knows better. As always, Clete Purcel and Davie's daughter, Alafair, have Robicheaux's back. Clete witnesses the escape of Texas inmate, Hugo Tillinger, who may hold the key to Robicheaux's case. As they wade further into the investigation, they end up in the crosshairs of the mob, the deranged Chester Wimple, and the dark ghosts Robicheaux has been running from for years. Ultimately, it's up to Robicheaux to stop them all, but he'll have to summon a light he's never seen or felt to save himself, and those he loves
The glass rainbow : a Dave Robicheaux novel by James Lee Burke( Book )

53 editions published between 112 and 2018 in English and held by 2,884 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beloved Burke hero Detective Dave Robicheaux returns to New Iberia, Louisiana, to solve a series of grisly murders. Seven young women in neighboring Jefferson Davis Parish have been brutally murdered. While the crimes have all the telltale signs of a serial killer, one death doesn't fit. Adding to Robicheaux's troubles is the matter of his daughter, Alafair, on leave from Stanford Law to put the finishing touches on her novel. Her literary pursuit has led her into the arms of Kermit Abelard. But Robicheaux begins to fear that Alafair might be destroyed by the man she loves
Robicheaux : a novel by James Lee Burke( Book )

27 editions published between 2017 and 2020 in 3 languages and held by 2,798 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Dave Robicheaux is a haunted man. From the acts he committed in Vietnam, to his battles with alcoholism, to the sudden loss of his beloved wife, Molly, his thoughts drift from one irreconcilable memory to the next. Images of ghosts pepper his reality. Robicheaux's only beacon remains serving as a detective in New Iberia, Louisiana. It's in that capacity that Robicheaux crosses paths with powerful mob boss, Tony Nemo. Tony has a Civil War sword he'd like to give to Levon Broussard, a popular local author whose books have been adapted into major Hollywood films. The sword's history can be traced back to Broussard's ancestors, and Tony figures it belongs to Levon. But Tony's intentions aren't entirely pure: he believes the gift will lead to a slice of Broussard's lucrative film adaptations. Then there's Jimmy Nightengale, the young poster boy of New Orleans wealth and glamour. Jimmy's fond of Levon's work, and even fonder of his beautiful, enigmatic wife, Rowena. Tony thinks Jimmy can be a U.S. Senator someday, and has the resources and clout to make it happen. There's something off about the relationship between these three men, and after a vicious assault, it's up to Robicheaux to uncover the truth. Complicating matters is the sudden death of T.J. Dartez, the New Iberian local responsible for Molly's death. Robicheaux's colleague, Spade Labiche, thinks Robicheaux had something to do with it. Robicheaux's determined to clear his name. He's not alone; his daughter, Alafair, along with his old friend, Clete Purcel are right by Robicheaux's side as he searches for the killer, where a shocking discovery awaits
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Purple cane road : a novel
Rain godsPurple cane road : a novelPegasus descending : a Dave Robicheaux novelSwan Peak : a Dave Robicheaux novelFeast day of fools : a novelSunset limitedJolie Blon's bounce : a novelLast car to Elysian Fields : a novel
Alternative Names

Burke, James, 1936-

James Lee Burke, 1936-

James Lee Burke Amerikaans schrijver

James Lee Burke amerikansk författare

James Lee Burke amerikansk skribent

James Lee Burke écrivain américain

James Lee Burke Novelist, short story writer

James Lee Burke pisarz amerykański

James Lee Burke scrittore statunitense

James Lee Burke úrscéalaí agus gearrscéalaí

James Lee Burke US-amerikanischer Krimi-Schriftsteller

Lee Burke, James

Lee Burke, James 1936-

Берк Джеймс Ли, 1936-

Джеймс Ли Бурк

Джеймс Лий Бърк

Джеймс Лі Берк американський письменник детективного жанру

ברק, ג'ימס לי, 1936-

ברק, ג'מס לי, 1936-

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جيمس لي بورك

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