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James Lee Burke was born in Houston, Texas, in 1936 and grew up on the Texas-Louisiana gulf coast. He attended Southwestern Louisiana Institute and later received a B. A. Degree in English and an M. A. from the University of Missouri in 1958 and 1960 respectively. Over the years he worked as a landman for Sinclair Oil Company, pipeliner, land surveyor, newspaper reporter, social worker on Skid Row in Los Angeles, clerk for the Louisiana Employment Service, instructor in the U. S. Job Corps, English professor at multiple universities, including as a tenured professor at Wichita State University.

Burke won the Edgar Award for Best Crime Novel of the Year twice: in 1990 and 1998. He has also been a recipient of a Breadloaf and Guggenheim Fellowship and an NEA grant, and was awarded the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award in 2009. 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. Perhaps most incredibly, his novel The Lost Get-Back Boogie was rejected 111 times over a period of nine years before finally being published by Louisiana State University Press, at which point it was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. You can find a selection of James Lee Burke signed books below this author biography.

Today Burke and his wife, Pearl, live in Missoula, Montana, and New Iberia, Louisiana. They have four children: Jim Jr., an assistant U.S. Attorney; Andree, a school psychologist; Pamala, a T. V. ad producer; and Alafair, a law professor and published novelist.

James Lee Burke Book List and Awards
His website: www.jamesleeburke.com
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Every Coak Rolled in Blood
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Every Coak Rolled in Blood by James Lee Burke

Another Kind of Eden
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Another Kind of Eden by James Lee Burke

A Private Cathedral
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A Private Cathedral by James Lee Burke

The New Iberia Blues
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The New Iberia Blues by James Lee Burke

Robicheax
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Robicheaux by James Lee Burke

The Jealous Kind
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The Jealous Kind by James Lee Burke
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Burke, James Lee | Clete | Signed First Edition Book Burke, James Lee | Clete | Signed First Edition Book

Author Signed Hardcover Book. June 2024 NY: Atlantic Monthly Press First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by the author.

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1997 NY: Hyperion  First edition, first printing, new/unread in flawless dust jacket.

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Author Signed Hardcover Book. January 2019 NY: Simon & Schuster First edition, first printing, fine in a fine dust jacket, signed by the author.  This is a collectible book free from material defects.  Jacket covering services are available for a small fee..

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Author Signed Hardcover Book. May 2022 NY: Simon & Schuster First edition, first printing, fine in a fine dust jacket, signed by the author.  This is a collectible book free from material defects.  Jacket covering services are available for a small fee..

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Author Signed UK Hardcover Book.   1997 LON: Orion  First UK edition, first printing, mint/new unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by author.

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Author Signed Hardcover Book.  September 2011 NY: Simon & Schuster  First edition, first printing, fine in a fine dust jacket, signed by the author.  This is a collectible book free from material defects.  Jacket covering services are available for a small fee..

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Author Signed Hardcover Book. 1997 NY: Hyperion  First edition, first printing, near-fine (library stamp on title page) in fine dust jacket, signed by author.

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James Lee Burke Bibliography


Dave Robicheaux Series

  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 - 2008
  18. The Glass Rainbow - 2010
  19. Creole Belle - 2012
  20. Light of the World - 2013
  21. Robicheaux - January 2018
  22. The New Iberia Blues - January 2019
  23. A Private Cathedral - 2020

Hackberry Holland Series


  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

Holland Family Series

  1. Wayfaring Stranger - 2014
  2. The Jealous Kind - 2016
  3. Another Kind of Eden - 2021
  4. Every Cloak Rolled in Blood - 2022

Billy Bob Holland Series

  1. Cimarron Rose - 1997
  2. Heartwood - 1999
  3. Bitterroot - 2001
  4. In the Moon of Red Ponies - 2004

Stand-Alone Novels

  • Half of Paradise - 1965
  • To The Bright and Shining Sun - 1970
  • Two for Texas - 1982
  • The Lost Get-Back Boogie - 1986
  • White Doves at Morning - 2002

Short Story Collections

  • The Convict - 1985
  • Jesus Out to Sea - 2007

James Lee Burke Awards

  • 1988 - John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts in Fiction
  • 1990 - Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Novel of the year for Black Cherry Blues
  • 1998 - Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Novel of the year for Cimarron Rose
  • 2002 - Louisiana Writer Award for Burke's enduring contribution to the "literary intellectual heritage of Louisiana.
  • 2009 - Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award.

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