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James Lee Burke

Author of The Neon Rain

85+ Works 34,513 Members 875 Reviews 147 Favorited

About the Author

James Lee Burke, winner of two Edgar awards, is the author of nineteen previous novels, many of them "New York Times" bestsellers, including "Cimmaron Rose", Cadillac Jukebox", & "Sunset Limited". He & his wife divide their time between Missoula, Montana, & New Iberia, Louisiana. (Publisher show more Provided) show less
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Series

Works by James Lee Burke

The Neon Rain (1987) 1,841 copies
The Tin Roof Blowdown (2007) 1,723 copies
Black Cherry Blues (1989) 1,447 copies
Purple Cane Road (2000) 1,352 copies
Dixie City Jam (1994) 1,257 copies
Jolie Blon's Bounce (2002) 1,256 copies
Pegasus Descending (2006) 1,224 copies
Cadillac Jukebox (1996) 1,214 copies
Sunset Limited (1998) 1,183 copies
Crusader's Cross (2005) 1,157 copies
Swan Peak (2008) 1,151 copies
Burning Angel (1995) 1,144 copies
A Morning for Flamingos (1990) 1,136 copies
Heaven's Prisoners (1988) 1,118 copies
Last Car to Elysian Fields (2003) 1,104 copies
A Stained White Radiance (1992) 1,055 copies
The Glass Rainbow (2010) 958 copies
Cimarron Rose (1997) 913 copies
Rain Gods (2009) 896 copies
Bitterroot (2001) 865 copies
Heartwood (1999) 783 copies
In the Moon of Red Ponies (2004) 722 copies
Creole Belle (2012) 705 copies
Feast Day of Fools (2011) 659 copies
White Doves at Morning (2004) 656 copies
Light of the World (2013) 580 copies
Wayfaring Stranger (2014) 503 copies
The Lost Get-Back Boogie (1986) 491 copies
Robicheaux (2018) 430 copies
Lay Down My Sword and Shield (1971) 428 copies
The New Iberia Blues (2019) 415 copies
House of the Rising Sun (2015) 345 copies
A Private Cathedral (2020) 312 copies
The Jealous Kind (2016) 294 copies
Half of Paradise (1965) 280 copies
Jesus Out to Sea: Stories (2007) 278 copies
Two for Texas (1997) 224 copies
Another Kind of Eden (2021) 163 copies
Every Cloak Rolled in Blood (2022) 107 copies
Flags on the Bayou (2023) 98 copies
Harbor Lights (2024) 30 copies
Texas forever (1702) 7 copies
Mississippi Jam (2017) 4 copies
Sunset Limited / Cimarron Rose (1999) — Author — 4 copies
The Molester (2007) 3 copies
Les jaloux (2023) 2 copies
Texas City,1947 (1992) 1 copy
2015 1 copy
1998 1 copy
Mist (2007) 1 copy
Pegasus Descending (2008) 1 copy
Clete (2024) 1 copy

Associated Works

The Best American Noir of the Century (2010) — Contributor — 357 copies
The Best American Mystery Stories 2007 (2007) — Contributor — 184 copies
The Best American Mystery Stories 2008 (2008) — Contributor — 167 copies
The Best American Mystery Stories 2006 (2006) — Contributor — 152 copies
The Best American Mystery Stories 2009 (2009) — Contributor — 111 copies
The Best American Short Stories 1986 (1986) — Contributor — 97 copies
The Best American Mystery Stories 2018 (2018) — Contributor — 96 copies
The Best American Mystery Stories 2014 (2014) — Contributor — 91 copies
The Best American Mystery Stories 2020 (2020) — Contributor — 60 copies
New Stories from the South 2007: The Year's Best (2007) — Contributor — 55 copies
Delta Blues (2009) — Contributor — 51 copies
New Orleans Noir 2: The Classics (2016) — Contributor — 37 copies
New Stories from the South: The Year's Best, 1995 (1995) — Contributor — 34 copies
New Stories from the South 2005: The Year's Best (2005) — Contributor — 28 copies
New Stories from the South: The Year's Best, 1992 (1992) — Contributor — 22 copies
New Stories from the South: The Year's Best, 1986 (1986) — Contributor — 12 copies
Crimespree Magazine #50 — Contributor — 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Burke, James Lee
Birthdate
1936-12-05
Gender
male
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
Houston, Texas, USA
Places of residence
Missoula, Montana, USA
New Iberia, Louisiana, USA
Houston, Texas, USA (birthplace)
Education
University of Missouri (BA|English|1958)
University of Missouri (MA)
Occupations
novelist
pipeliner
land surveyor
social worker
English professor
newspaper reporter
Relationships
Burke, Alafair (daughter)
Dubus, Elizabeth Nell (cousin)
Awards and honors
Guggenheim Fellowship
MWA Grand Master (2009)
Louisiana Writer Award (2002)
Agent
Philip Spitzer
Short biography
Burke's "The Lost Get Back Bookie" was rejected 111 times over 9 years before being published by LSU Press.

After publication, it was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

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Reviews

Nine engaging short stories from a master of the craft.
 
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skid0612 | 5 other reviews | Feb 23, 2024 |
This is one of Burke's best efforts, in my opinion. Robicheaux is on a fairly even keel, his family life is stable, his personal demons harnessed and put to good use, his crusade against evil aided and encouraged by the ghost of General John Bell Hood (it works, it really does), and Clete Purcel nowhere in sight. By turns poetic and brutal, as always. Burke can almost make me nostalgic for Louisiana mosquitoes.
(First read shortly after publication, and re-read in 2009, prompted by having watched the movie with Tommy Lee Jones twice in one weekend.)… (more)
½
 
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Rating
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ISBNs
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