Dave Robicheaux

31 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 28,676 ratings

The Neon Rain Publisher's Summary

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

In The Neon Rain, Detective Robicheaux fishes a prostitute's corpse from a New Orleans bayou and finds that no one, not even the law, cares about a dead hooker.

©1987 James Lee Burke (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
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  • Book 1

    • 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 4,917
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,576
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3,566

    New York Times best-selling author James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux novels began with this first hard-hitting entry in the series. In The Neon Rain, Detective Robicheaux fishes a prostitute's corpse from a New Orleans bayou and finds that no one, not even the law, cares about a dead hooker.

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

    • By S. Sand on 09-23-09

    Regular price: $24.49

    • The Neon Rain

    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Will Patton
    • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15

    Dave Robicheaux has been warned that he's on somebody's hit list, and now the homicide detective is trying to discover just who that is before he ends up dead. Meanwhile he has taken on the murder investigation of a young black girl found dead in the Bayou swamp. Robicheaux uncovers a web of corruption that leads him to a terrifying confrontation with the one horror he fears most of all.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not bad but not great

    • By Rachel on 08-07-18

    Regular price: $16.73

  • Book 2

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  • Book 3

    • Black Cherry Blues

    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Mark Hammer
    • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,388
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,057
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,046

    Dave Robicheaux had begun to put the pieces of his broken life together again when an old friend turned up on his doorstep, dredging up old memories and new threats.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic

    • By Geoff on 12-15-08

    Regular price: $32.87

  • Book 4

    • 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 1,346
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 927
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 922

    Dave Robicheaux felt the bone-grinding pain rip through his body as the .45 did its damage. Through the agonizing haze that enveloped him, he heard an almost inhuman laugh - the hideous, victorious cackling of Jimmie Lee Boggs - a sound he would never forget. It had started out as an ordinary prisoner transfer, then turned into a blood bath when the convicted murderer got hold of a gun.

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

    • By Ed on 02-22-12

    Regular price: $21.67

  • Book 5

    • A Stained White Radiance

    • A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 5
    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Mark Hammer
    • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 613
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 536
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 538

    Cajun police detective Dave Robicheaux knows the Sonnier family of New Iberia - their connections to the CIA, the mob, and to a former Klansman now running for state office. And he knows their past - as dark and murky as a night on the Louisiana bayou. An assassination attempt and the death of a cop draw Robicheaux into the Sonniers' dangerous web of madness, murder and incest. But Robicheaux has devils of his own. And they've come out of hiding to destroy the tormented investigator - and the people he holds most dear.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Poetry!

    • By Ted on 08-01-13

    Regular price: $22.63

  • Book 6

    • 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 480
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 441
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 437

    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. But when he saw the Cadillac fishtail across the road, Robicheaux knew the driver was in trouble. What Dave didn't realize, was that by pulling the car over, he was opening his murder case wider than he could imagine. The driver, Elrod Sykes, in New Iberia to star in a movie, leads Dave to the remains of a black man that had washed up in the Atchafalaya swamp.

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

    • By Charles Atkinson on 09-04-12

    Regular price: $22.63

  • Book 7

    • Dixie City Jam

    • A Dave Roubicheaux Novel, Book 7
    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Mark Hammer
    • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 365
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 329
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 327

    They're out there, under the salt - the bodies of German seamen who used to lie in wait at the mouth of the Mississippi for unescorted American tankers sailing from the oil refineries of Baton Rouge out into the Gulf of Mexico. As a child, Dave Robicheaux had been haunted by the sailors' images. Years later, Robicheaux, a detective with the New Iberia sheriff's office, finds himself and his family at serious risk, stalked for his knowledge of a watery burial ground by a mysterious man named Will Buchalter - a man who believes that the Holocaust was one big hoax.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Eloquent√ Lyrical√ Sloooooooooow √√√

    • By Ted on 08-09-13

    Regular price: $22.63

  • Book 8

    • Burning Angel

    • A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 8
    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Mark Hammer
    • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 315
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 288
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 286

    Detective Dave Robicheaux becomes entangled in the affairs of the Fontenot family, descendants of sharecroppers whose matriarch helped raise Dave as a child. They are in danger of losing the land they've lived on for more than a century. As Dave tries to discover who wants the land so badly, he finds himself in increasing peril from a lethal, rag tag alliance of local mobsters and a hired assassin with a shady past.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • HAUNTING: A Mystical Bayou Cop Story...

    • By Ted on 10-25-13

    Regular price: $22.63

  • Book 9

    • Cadillac Jukebox

    • A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 9
    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Mark Hammer
    • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 334
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 308
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 304

    When former Klansman and piney-woods outcast Aaron Crown is finally imprisoned for a decades-old murder, it is to Detective Dave Robicheaux that he proclaims his innocence loudest. Crown seems to be a lightning rod for every kind of trouble that the state of Louisiana can unearth. A documentary film writer seeking to prove Crown's innocence is found murdered; a button man for the New Orleans mob accuses Robicheaux of taking a pay-off to ignore Crown.

    But it is when Buford LaRose -- scion of an old Southern family and author of a book on the Crown case -- is elected governor that Dave Robicheaux's involvement with Aaron Crown deepens to a level he can barely fathom. And it is Buford's social-climbing wife, Karyn, with whom Robicheaux had an affair years before, who proves to be his most poisonous adversary.

    Filled with thrilling adventure, lightning-paced action, and street smart realism, Cadillac Jukebox is a brilliant addition to Burke's standout Dave Robicheaux series.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good, But Not Burke's Best

    • By Ted on 01-03-14

    Regular price: $22.63

  • Book 10

    • 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 320
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 291
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 286

    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. When Flynn's daughter, Megan, returns to the site of her father's murder, it quickly becomes clear that her family's blood-stained past will not stay buried. Megan gives her old friend Dave Robicheaux a tip about a small-time criminal named Cool Breeze Broussard, scarcely suspecting that the seemingly innocuous case will lead Robicheaux and his partner into the midst of a deadly conspiracy.

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

    • By Mer on 09-08-12

    Regular price: $22.63

  • Book 11

    • Purple Cane Road

    • A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 11
    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
    • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 271
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 247
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 247

    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. 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 30 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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Too bad about narration

    • By Pamela on 08-17-13

    Regular price: $22.63

    • Purple Cane Road

    • Dave Robicheaux, Book 11
    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Pete Bradbury
    • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Homicide investigator Dave Robicheaux is trying to help Letty Labinche, a New Liberia girl who is on death row for killing the man who molested her children. Through his investigations he happens upon Zipper Clum, a pimp who recognises Robicheaux through a 30-year haze. As his memories crystallise, he chooses to reveal some shocking revelations about Robicheaux's family that have serious consequences....

    Regular price: $20.03

  • Book 12

    • Jolie Blon's Bounce

    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Mark Hammer
    • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 830
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 412
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 406

    Return to James Lee Burke's "timeless, parallel universe" with detective Dave Robicheaux, as he investigates the murders of two women, tries to prove one man's innocence, and faces an enemy unlike any he has ever known. Gothic, dense, brutal, touching, and always compelling, Jolie Blon's Bounce is classic storytelling from a writer who has been dubbed "the Faulkner of crime fiction."

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Sorry I was wrong

    • By JD. on 08-25-03

    Regular price: $35.93

    • Jolie Blon's Bounce

    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Mark Hammer
    • Length: 15 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    When Amanda Boudreau is raped and murdered, it's small-time black hustler Tee Bobby Hulin's prints that are found at the crime scene. Tee Bobby pleads innocence, but then attempts suicide in his holding cell. Why? Lawyer Perry LaSalles takes on the defence, but his motives are fuelled by guilt.

    Regular price: $18.54

  • Book 13

    • 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 647
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 357
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 356

    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, if only unofficially.

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

    • By Cecil on 06-06-04

    Regular price: $39.93

  • Book 14

    • 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 1,279
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 742
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 739

    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

    • Crusader's Cross

    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Will Patton
    • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    For Dave Robicheaux, life in Louisiana is filled with haunting memories of the past - images from Vietnam, the violent streets of New Orleans, and his own troubled youth. In Crusader's Cross, a deathbed confession from an old schoolmate resurrects a story of injustice, the murder of a young woman, and a time in Robicheaux's life he has tried to forget. Her name may or may not have been Ida Durbin. It was back in the innocent days of the 1950s when Robicheaux and his brother, Jimmie, met heron a Galveston beach.

    Regular price: $18.53

  • Book 15

    • Pegasus Descending

    • A Dave Robicheaux Novel
    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Will Patton
    • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    Dave's inability to let things alone gets him involved with two very powerful criminals, both wanting to protect their sons from the trouble they court, and both with the attitude of the privileged and white. When a young black drug dealer gets on the wrong side of the boys, tensions run high and there are more needless deaths - causing Dave to come to blows with the FBI, the DA's office and a thug who has little regard for any life but his own.

    Regular price: $21.31

    • Pegasus Descending

    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Will Patton
    • Length: 12 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,521
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 791
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 782

    A troubled young woman breezes into Detective Robicheaux's hometown of New Iberia, Louisiana. She happens to be the daughter of his friend: a friend he witnessed gunned down in a bank robbery, a tragedy that forever changed Robicheaux's life.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Breathtaking

    • By Deborah on 07-24-06

    Regular price: $39.93

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