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Burke, James Lee 1936-

Works: 575 works in 3,764 publications in 12 languages and 152,332 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Historical fiction  Suspense fiction  History  Legal stories  Action and adventure fiction  Romance fiction  Adventure stories  Bildungsromans 
Roles: Author, Bibliographic antecedent, Creator, wpr, Contributor, 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 )

78 editions published between 2003 and 2018 in English and French and held by 4,199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follows the adventures of detective Dave Robicheaux, who struggles with alcoholism and rage while fighting to protect lives in Katrina-devastated New Orleans
Rain gods by James Lee Burke( Book )

56 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 3,881 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 )

58 editions published between 1976 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 3,857 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Dave Robicheaux has spent his life confronting the age-old adage that the sins of the father pass onto the son. But what has his mother's legacy left him?"--Author's website
Creole belle by James Lee Burke( Book )

60 editions published between 2012 and 2018 in 7 languages and held by 3,653 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
Feast day of fools : a novel by James Lee Burke( Book )

40 editions published between 2006 and 2019 in English and held by 3,600 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
Pegasus descending : a Dave Robicheaux novel by James Lee Burke( Book )

40 editions published between 1984 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 3,533 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? Can Robicheaux make peace with his friend's murder in time to figure out how a local mobster fits into all the schemes and death? Will his life be whole again when it has been shattered by so much tragedy?--From publisher description
Wayfaring Stranger : a novel by James Lee Burke( Book )

38 editions published between 2014 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 3,412 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 )

54 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 3,403 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 )

39 editions published between 2007 and 2018 in English and held by 3,377 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. A summer getaway in Montana for Dave Robicheaux's family and friends is violently shattered by the arrival of serial killer and prison escapee Asa Surrette. He avoids the death penalty for murders he committed while capital punishment was banned in his home state of Kansas. 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 3,300 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 )

53 editions published between 2003 and 2018 in English and held by 3,287 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
White doves at morning : a novel by James Lee Burke( Book )

48 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and held by 3,148 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 )

55 editions published between 1996 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 3,066 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
House of the rising sun : a novel by James Lee Burke( Book )

31 editions published between 2015 and 2018 in English and Danish and held by 3,061 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"--
Cadillac jukebox by James Lee Burke( Book )

60 editions published between 1996 and 2018 in 6 languages and held by 3,023 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 Kaln. Only Dave Robicheaux, to whom Crown proclaims his innocence, worries that Crown has 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
The glass rainbow : a Dave Robicheaux novel by James Lee Burke( Book )

50 editions published between 112 and 2018 in English and held by 2,938 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
The jealous kind : a novel by James Lee Burke( Book )

30 editions published between 2016 and 2019 in English and held by 2,854 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
Cimarron rose : a novel by James Lee Burke( Book )

46 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,831 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Former Texas Ranger Billy Holland, now a lawyer, is hired to defend a teenage boy accused of killing his girlfriend. It is a family affair of sorts, the man who hired Holland being the boy's stepfather. The real father is Holland. This masterful novel of class warfare and the self-destructive violence of the youth culture brings a new and evocative setting and richness to the prose of this accomplished writer. -- Publisher description
In the moon of red ponies : a novel by James Lee Burke( Book )

37 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in English and held by 2,824 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Dixon, a criminal who Billy Bob Holland helped send to prison, is released on a technicality, Holland finds his loved ones endangered by the vengeful killer
Robicheaux : a novel by James Lee Burke( Book )

25 editions published between 2017 and 2019 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 so 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 US 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 novelFeast day of fools : a novelPegasus descending : a Dave Robicheaux novelSunset limitedJolie Blon's bounce : a novelLast car to Elysian Fields : a novelWhite doves at morning : a novel
Alternative Names

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 US-amerikanischer Krimi-Schriftsteller

Lee Burke, James

Lee Burke, James 1936-

Джеймс Ли Бурк

Джеймс Лий Бърк

ברק, ג'ימס לי, 1936-

ברק, ג'מס לי, 1936-

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