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James Lee Burke

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James Lee Burke, a rare winner of two Edgar Awards, and named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, is the author of more than thirty previous novels and two collections of short stories, including such New York Times best sellers as Light of the World, Creole Belle, Swan Peak, The Tin Roof Blowdown, and Feast Day of Fools. He lives in Missoula, Montana.
Books by James:
    • Wayfaring Stranger

    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Will Patton
    • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,790
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,549
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,545

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Outstanding Addition to the Holland/Texas Saga

    • By Charles Atkinson on 07-22-14

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Creole Belle

    • A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 19
    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Will Patton
    • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,413
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,128
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,079

    Creole Belle begins where the last book in the Dave Robicheaux series, The Glass Rainbow, ended. Dave is in a recovery unit in New Orleans....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Burke & Patton -- Synergistic Phenomenon

    • By Mel on 07-25-12

    Regular price: $34.99

    • The Tin Roof Blowdown

    • A Dave Robicheaux Novel
    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Will Patton
    • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35

    Dave Robicheaux returns in another Bayou adventure, this one more gruesome and gut-wrenching than any that have come before....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent in every way.

    • By USS Botany Bay on 04-17-18

    Regular price: $23.93

    • Last Car to Elysian Fields

    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Mark Hammer
    • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 662
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 371
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 369

    When Dave Robicheaux, learns that an old friend, Father Jimmie Dolan has been the victim of a particularly brutal assault, he returns to New Orleans to investigate.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Kept me listening, narrator perfect for the book.

    • By Cecil on 06-06-04

    Regular price: $39.93

    • Heaven's Prisoners

    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Will Patton
    • Length: 3 hrs and 16 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 584
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 427
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 422

    Vietnam vet Dave Robicheaux has turned in his detective's badge, is winning his battle against booze, and has left New Orleans with his wife for the tranquil beauty of the Louisiana bayou...

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Where is the unabridged version?

    • By Richard J. Strasma on 01-03-16

    Regular price: $13.27

    • Half of Paradise

    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Mark Zeisler
    • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 103
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 94
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 94

    In this intense, fascinating story, Burke follows the lives of three young Louisiana men, each of whom finds himself in desperate circumstances....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent early Burke ruined by terrible narration

    • By Bull on 12-07-13

    Regular price: $22.63

    • Light of the World

    • A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 20
    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Will Patton
    • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,883
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,683
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,668

    In Light of the World, sadist and serial killer Asa Surrette narrowly escaped the death penalty for a string of heinous murders....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Burke is still the best

    • By Dave on 08-08-13

    Regular price: $28.34

    • Pegasus Descending

    • A Dave Robicheaux Novel
    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Will Patton
    • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    Detective Dave Robicheaux is facing the most painful and dangerous case of his career....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Will Patton Fan

    • By Jason Woodside on 08-22-18

    Regular price: $23.93

    • A Morning for Flamingoes

    • A Dave Robicheaux Novel
    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Mark Hammer
    • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,378
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 957
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 950

    Dave Robicheaux felt the bone-grinding pain rip through his body as the .45 did its damage....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Burke is an outstanding novelist

    • By Ed on 02-22-12

    Regular price: $21.67

    • Crusader's Cross

    • A Dave Robicheaux Novel
    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Will Patton
    • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,314
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 771
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 767

    Critically acclaimed and best-selling crime writer James Lee Burke returns to Louisiana where his ever-popular hero, Dave Robicheaux, sleuths his way through a hotbed of sin and uncertainty....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another delicious book from JLB

    • By Suzn F on 08-17-10

    Regular price: $39.93

    • In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead

    • A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 6
    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Mark Hammer
    • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 507
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 465
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 460

    The image of the dead girl's body lingered in detective Dave Robicheaux's mind as he drove home. After seeing the young victim's corpse, the last thing he needed to come across was a drunk driver....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Burke is awesome again, Hammer is really good.

    • By Charles Atkinson on 09-04-12

    Regular price: $22.63

    • Swan Peak

    • A Dave Robicheaux Novel
    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Will Patton
    • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,787
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 814
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 808

    Swan Peak finds Detective Robicheaux far from his New Iberia roots, attempting to relax in the untouched wilderness of rural Montana....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Christmas/Birthday in July

    • By Deborah on 07-10-08

    Regular price: $39.93

    • The Glass Rainbow

    • A Dave Robicheaux Novel
    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Will Patton
    • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,977
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,541
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,545

    Hero Detective Dave Robicheaux returns to New Iberia to solve a series of grisly murders.....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • God help me if I outlive James Lee Burke

    • By John M. Smith on 07-23-10

    Regular price: $39.93

    • The Neon Rain

    • A Dave Robicheaux Novel
    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Will Patton
    • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5,020
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,669
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3,660

    New York Times best-selling author James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux novels began with this first hard-hitting entry in the series....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The perfect combination of author and narrator

    • By S. Sand on 09-23-09

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Purple Cane Road

    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Will Patton
    • Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 221
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 97

    Dave Robicheaux has spent his life confronting the age-old adage that the sins of the father pass on to the son. But what about his mother's legacy? Dead to him since his youth...

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Abridged

    • By Michael on 12-28-10

    Regular price: $19.93

    • Two for Texas

    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Will Patton
    • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 405
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 365
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 361

    This James Lee Burke novel, featuring Son Holland - the great-grandfather of Burke's Billy Bob Holland - as he flees a Louisiana prison camp with a Native American woman and a fellow prisoner in tow, is now available in audio....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • So Good... and a bonus! Clete is here!

    • By Tim on 01-04-13

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Sunset Limited

    • A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 10
    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Mark Hammer
    • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 349
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 317
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 311

    The 40-year-old crucifixion of a prominent labor leader named Jack Flynn remains an unsolved atrocity that has never been forgotten in New Iberia, Louisiana....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Narrated by Mark Hammer AND Will Patton?

    • By Mer on 09-08-12

    Regular price: $22.63

    • Bitterroot

    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Will Patton, Tom Stechschulte
    • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 158
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 138
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 137

    Billy Bob Holland's friend, Doc Voss, has been battling against a local mining company whose operations would severely threaten the area's economy.....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Vacuous Characters in an Absence of Poetry

    • By Craig on 09-23-12

    Regular price: $22.63

    • Rain Gods

    • A Novel
    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Will Patton
    • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,656
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 892
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 888

    When Hackberry Holland became sheriff of a tiny Texas town near the Mexican border, he'd hoped to leave certain things behind....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Divided Loyalties and Sultry Prose

    • By Catherine on 07-25-09

    Regular price: $35.93

    • Lay Down My Sword and Shield

    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Will Patton
    • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,175
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 947
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 935

    The hero of James Lee Burke's Rain Gods, cousin to lawman Billy Bob Holland, and a genuine product of the South, Hackberry Holland makes his first appearance....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • sets the stage for all of JLB's books

    • By Stevon on 08-12-13

    Regular price: $31.93

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