Dave Robicheaux

20 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 1,679 ratings

Heaven's Prisoners Publisher's Summary

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. But a plane crash on the Gulf brings a young girl into his life - and with her comes a netherworld of murder, deception and homegrown crime. Suddenly Robicheaux is confronting Bubba Rocque, a brutal hood he's known since childhood, Rocque's hungry Cajun wife, and a Federal agent with more guts than sense. In a backwater world where a swagger and a gun go further than the law, Robicheaux and those he loves are caught on a tide of violence far bigger than them all.
©1996 James Lee Burke (P)1996 Simon & Schuster Inc., AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.
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  • Book 1

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  • Book 2

    • Heaven's Prisoners

    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Will Patton
    • Length: 3 hrs and 16 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 520
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 372
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 367

    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. But a plane crash on the Gulf brings a young girl into his life - and with her comes a netherworld of murder, deception and homegrown crime.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Weak for Burke

    • By John on 06-08-07

    Regular price: $13.27

  • Book 3

    • Black Cherry Blues

    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Will Patton
    • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 90
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69

    Haunted by the memory of his wife's murder and his father's untimely death, ex-New Orleans cop Dave Robicheaux spends his days in a fish-and-tackle business. But when an old friend makes a surprise appearance, Robicheaux finds himself thrust back into the violent world of Mafia goons and wily federal agents. From the Louisiana bayou to Montana's tribal lands, Robicheaux is running from the bottle, a homicide rap, a professional killer and the demons of his past.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Abridged Version Leaves Gaps, But Worth Listening

    • By reasonable critic on 04-03-13

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  • Book 4

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  • Book 5

    • A Stained White Radiance

    • A Dave Robicheaux Novel
    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Will Patton
    • Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 117
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 74

    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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • I hate abridged books, there is no excuse for this

    • By Sandra on 03-23-12

    Regular price: $14.60

  • Book 6

    • In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead

    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Will Patton
    • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 105
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49

    Hollywood has sent its emissaries to New Iberia Parish to film a Civil War epic in the steaming mists of the Louisiana bayou, reawakening the ghosts of a past best left undisturbed. The restless specters wait in the shadows for Cajun cop Dave Robicheaux as he hunts a serial butcher who is preying on the less-than-innocent young. For these spirits are the guardians of Robicheaux's darkest torments, and they hold the key to ultimate salvation - or a final, fatal downfall.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Abridged Version - Wish it wasn't

    • By Daniel McAfee on 09-06-07

    Regular price: $14.60

  • Book 7

    • Dixie City Jam

    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Will Patton
    • Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 88
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Best of the Abridged

    • By Daniel on 03-25-08

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  • Book 8

    • Burning Angel

    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Will Patton
    • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 81
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Ok, but Abridged it leaves holes

    • By Daniel McAfee on 09-18-07

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  • Book 9

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  • Book 10

    • Sunset Limited

    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Will Patton
    • Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 123
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61

    The forty-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, a photojournalist drawn to controversial subjects, returns to the site of her father's murder, it quickly becomes clear that her family's bloodstained 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 deadly conspiracy. Combining brilliant prose, crackling suspense, and an exquisite sense of character and place, Sunset Limited is a wrenching tale of historic violence and soiled redemption that reveals America's finest novelist at his masterful best.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Read in the Deep South

    • By Alexa Maros on 06-25-04

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  • Book 11

    • Purple Cane Road

    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Will Patton
    • Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 214
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 93
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 91

    Dave Robicheaux has never known what happened to his mother. He 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 killer leads him to the darker places in his past, and solving this case teaches him what it means to be his mother's son.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Abridged

    • By Michael on 12-28-10

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  • Book 12

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  • Book 14

    • Crusader's Cross

    • A Dave Robicheaux Novel
    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Will Patton
    • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    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
    • Do not go by the rating

    • By Vivian on 07-12-05

    Regular price: $23.93

  • Book 15

    • 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 55
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    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.

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  • Book 16

    • 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 52
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32

    Dave Robicheaux returns in another Bayou adventure, this one more gruesome and gut-wrenching than any that have come before. Hurricane Katrina has ravaged New Orleans, leaving the streets and buildings flooded and the city awash with opportunists, looters, and vicious criminals. There is no order, no law. Police are shooting randomly at innocent people, prison guards have abandoned their posts, and bodies float through the streets and hang from trees.

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

    • By USS Botany Bay on 04-17-18

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  • Book 17

    • Swan Peak

    • A Dave Robicheaux Novel
    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Will Patton
    • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 14

    Swan Peak finds Detective Robicheaux far from his New Iberia roots, attempting to relax in the untouched wilderness of rural Montana. He, his wife, and his buddy Clete Purcell have retreated to stay at an old friend's ranch, hoping to spend their days fishing and enjoying their distance from the harsh, gritty landscape of Louisiana post-Katrina.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Swan Peakj

    • By Amazon Customer on 01-14-18

    Regular price: $23.93

  • Book 18

    • The Glass Rainbow

    • A Dave Robicheaux Novel
    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Will Patton
    • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 21

    Beloved Burke hero Detective Dave Robicheaux returns to New Iberia 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, the death of Bernadette Latiolais, a high-school honor student, doesn’t fit: she is not the kind of hapless and marginalized victim psychopaths usually prey upon.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent Book

    • By Brad L. Sjoblom on 12-26-12

    Regular price: $23.93

  • Book 19

    • Creole Belle

    • A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 19
    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Will Patton
    • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28

    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, where a Creole girl named Tee Jolie Melton visits him and leaves him an iPod with the country blues song “Creole Belle” on it. Then she disappears. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the memory of Tee Jolie and goes in search of her sister, who later turns up inside a block of ice floating in the Gulf.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Louisiana tale

    • By J. on 11-12-12

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 20

    • Light of the World

    • A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 20
    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Will Patton
    • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56

    "America's best novelist" ( The Denver Post) introduces his most evil character yet in the 20th thriller in the bestselling Dave Robicheaux series. In Light of the World, sadist and serial killer Asa Surrette narrowly escaped the death penalty for the string of heinous murders he committed while capital punishment was outlawed in Kansas. But the killer escapes from a prison transport van and heads to Montana - where an unsuspecting Dave happens to have gone to take in the sweet summer air.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Like Fathers, Like Daughters

    • By Mel on 07-27-13

    Regular price: $20.99