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James Lee Burke


USA flag (b.1936)
Father of Alafair Burke, cousin of DeLauné Michel and Andre Dubus III

James Lee Burke's work has been awarded an Edgar twice for Best Crime Novel of the Year. He has also been a recipient of a Breadloaf and Guggenheim Fellowship and an NEA grant. Two of his novels, Heaven's Prisoners and Two For Texas, have been made into motion pictures. His short stories have been published in The Atlantic Monthly, New Stories from the South, Best American Short Stories, Antioch Review, Southern Review, and The Kenyon Review. His novel The Lost Get-Back Boogie was rejected 111 times over a period of nine years, and upon publication by Louisiana State University press was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Today he and his wife live in Missoula, Montana, and New Iberia, Louisiana.
 

Genres: Mystery, Historical
 
New and upcoming books
January 2024

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Harbor Lights
 
June 2024

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Clete
(Dave Robicheaux, book 24)
Series
Hackberry Holland
   1. Lay Down My Sword and Shield (1971)
   2. Rain Gods (2009)
   3. Feast Day of Fools (2011)
   4. House of the Rising Sun (2015)
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Dave Robicheaux
   1. The Neon Rain (1987)
   2. Heaven's Prisoners (1988)
   3. Black Cherry Blues (1989)
   4. A Morning for Flamingos (1990)
   5. A Stained White Radiance (1992)
   6. In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead (1993)
   7. Dixie City Jam (1994)
   8. Burning Angel (1995)
   9. Cadillac Jukebox (1996)
   10. Sunset Limited (1998)
   11. Purple Cane Road (2000)
   12. Jolie Blon's Bounce (2002)
   13. Last Car to Elysian Fields (2003)
   14. Crusader's Cross (2005)
   15. Pegasus Descending (2006)
   16. The Tin Roof Blowdown (2007)
   17. Swan Peak (2007)
   18. The Glass Rainbow (2010)
   19. Creole Belle (2012)
   20. Light of the World (2013)
   21. Robicheaux (2018)
   22. The New Iberia Blues (2019)
   23. A Private Cathedral (2020)
   24. Clete (2024)
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Billy Bob Holland
   1. Cimarron Rose (1997)
   2. Heartwood (1999)
   3. Bitterroot (2001)
   4. In The Moon of Red Ponies (2004)
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Holland Family
   1. Wayfaring Stranger (2014)
   2. The Jealous Kind (2016)
   3. Another Kind of Eden (2021)
   4. Every Cloak Rolled in Blood (2022)
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Novels
   Half of Paradise (1965)
   To The Bright and Shining Sun (1970)
   Two for Texas (1982)
     aka Sabine Spring
   The Lost Get Back Boogie (1986)
   White Doves at Morning (2002)
   Flags on the Bayou (2023)
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Collections
   The Convict (1985)
   Jesus Out to Sea (2007)
   Harbor Lights (2024)
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Chapbooks
   Texas City, 1947 (1992)
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Non fiction
   Ohio's Heritage (1989)
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Omnibus editions
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James Lee Burke recommends
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An Honest Man (2023)
Michael Koryta
"Michael Koryta is one of those writers who has brought Faulknerian prose to the crime novel."
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Nick (2021)
Michael Farris Smith
"Every once in a while an author comes along who's in love with art and the written language and image and literary experiment and the complexity of his characters and the great mysteries that lie just on the other side of the physical world, writers like William Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy and Annie Proulx. You can add Michael Farris Smith's name to the list."
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Suicide Woods (2019)
Benjamin Percy
"Benjamin Percy is one of the most gifted and versatile writers to appear in American publishing in years."

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Anthologies containing stories by James Lee Burke
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The Best Mystery Stories of the Year: 2021 (2021)
Best Crime Stories of the Year: 2021

(Best Mystery Stories of the Year, book 1)
edited by
Lee Child and Otto Penzler
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The Best American Mystery Stories 2020 (2020)
(Best American Mystery Stories)
edited by
C J Box and Otto Penzler
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The Best American Mystery Stories 2018 (2018)
(Best American Mystery Stories)
edited by
Louise Penny and Otto Penzler

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