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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, college English professor, social worker on Skid Row in Los Angeles, clerk for the Louisiana Employment Service, and instructor in the U. S. Job Corps.

He and his wife Pearl met in graduate school and have been married 48 years, 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 novelist who has 4 novels out with Henry Holt publishing.

Burke's work has been awarded an Edgar twice for Best Crime Novel of the Year. He has also been a recipient of a Breadloaf and Guggenheim Fellowship and an NEA grant. 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. His novel The Lost Get-Back Boogie was rejected 111 times over a period of nine years, and upon publication by Louisiana State University press was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Today he and his wife live in Missoula, Montana, and New Iberia, Louisiana.

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Light of the World
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Feast Day of Fools
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Burke, James Lee - Bitterroot (First UK) Burke, James Lee | Bitterroot | First Edition UK Book

2001 LON: Orion  First UK edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket in an archival acetate cover.

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Burke, James Lee - Bitterroot (Signed First Edition) Burke, James Lee | Bitterroot | Signed First Edition Book

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  2001 NY: Simon & Schuster  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread, flawless dust jacket, signed by author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Burke, James Lee - Black Cherry Blues (Signed First Edition) Burke, James Lee | Black Cherry Blues | Signed First Edition Book

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  1989 NY: Little, Brown & Co.  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Burke, James Lee - Black Cherry Blues (Signed First Edition) Burke, James Lee | Black Cherry Blues | Signed First Edition Book

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  1989 NY: Little, Brown & Co.  First edition, first printing, fine in a fine dust jacket, signed by author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Burke, James Lee - Burning Angel (First Edition) Burke, James Lee | Burning Angel | First Edition Book

1995 NY: Hyperion  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Burke, James Lee - Burning Angel (First UK) Burke, James Lee | Burning Angel | First Edition UK Book

1995 LON: Orion  First UK edition, first printing, mint/new unread in a flawless dust jacket.

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Burke, James Lee - Burning Angel (Signed First Edition) Burke, James Lee | Burning Angel | Signed First Edition Book

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  1995 NY: Hyperion  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Burke, James Lee - Cadillac Jukebox (Signed First Edition) Burke, James Lee | Cadillac Jukebox | Signed First Edition Book

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  1996 NY: Hyperion  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread, flawless dust jacket, signed by author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Burke, James Lee - Cadillac Jukebox (Signed First Edition) Burke, James Lee | Cadillac Jukebox | Signed First Edition Book

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  1996 NY: Hyperion  First edition, first printing, fine in a fine dust jacket, signed by author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Burke, James Lee - Cadillac Jukebox (Signed First Edition) Burke, James Lee | Cadillac Jukebox | Signed First Edition Book

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  1996 NY: Hyperion  First edition, first printing, near-fine in a near-fine dust jacket, signed by author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Burke, James Lee - Cadillac Jukebox (Signed First Edition) Burke, James Lee | Cadillac Jukebox | Signed First Edition Book

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  1996 NY: Hyperion  First edition, first printing, near-fine (bump to upper corners) in a near-fine dust jacket, signed by author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Burke, James Lee - Cimarron Rose (Advance Reading Copy) Burke, James Lee | Cimarron Rose | Book - Advance Reading Copy

1997 NY: Hyperion  Advance  reading copy, mint, new/unread in pictorial wraps.

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Burke, James Lee - Cimarron Rose (First Edition) Burke, James Lee | Cimarron Rose | First Edition Book

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

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Burke, James Lee - Cimarron Rose (Signed First Edition) Burke, James Lee | Cimarron Rose | Signed First Edition Book

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Burke, James Lee - Cimarron Rose (Signed First Edition) Burke, James Lee | Cimarron Rose | Signed First Edition Book

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  1997 NY: Hyperion  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread, flawless dust jacket, signed by author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Burke, James Lee - Cimarron Rose (Signed First Edition UK) Burke, James Lee | Cimarron Rose | Signed First Edition UK Book

Author Signed UK Hardcover Book.   1997 LON: Orion  First UK edition, first printing, mint/new unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Burke, James Lee - Crusader's Cross (Signed First Edition) Burke, James Lee | Crusader's Cross | Signed First Edition Book

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  2005 NY: Hyperion  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by the author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Burke, James Lee - Dixie City Jam (Signed First Edition) Burke, James Lee | Dixie City Jam | Signed First Edition Book

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  1994 NY: Hyperion  First edition, first printing, mint/new unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Burke, James Lee - Dixie City Jam (Signed First Edition) Burke, James Lee | Dixie City Jam | Signed First Edition Book

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  1994 NY: Hyperion  First edition, later printing, mint/new unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Burke, James Lee | Feast Day of Fools | Book - Advance Reading Copy Burke, James Lee | Feast Day of Fools | Book - Advance Reading Copy

ARC. 2011 NY: Simon & Schuster Advance reading copy, small cut to cover corner otherwise fine in flawless pictorial wrappers.

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Burke, James Lee | Feast Day of Fools | Signed First Edition Book Burke, James Lee | Feast Day of Fools | Signed First Edition Book

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Burke, James Lee - Feast Day of Fools, The (Signed First Edition) Burke, James Lee | Feast Day of Fools, The | Signed First Edition Book

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  September 2011 NY: Simon & Schuster  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by the author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Burke, James Lee - Feast Day of Fools, The (Signed First Edition) Burke, James Lee | Feast Day of Fools, The | Signed First Edition Trade Paper Book

Author Signed Trade Paper.  2011 NY: Pocket  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in flawless pictorial wrappers, signed by the author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Burke, James Lee - Glass Rainbow, The (Signed First Edition) Burke, James Lee | Glass Rainbow, The | Signed First Edition Book

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  July 2010 NY: Simon & Schuster  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by the author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Heartwood by James Lee Burke (Signed Advance Reading Copy) Burke, James Lee | Heartwood | Signed Advance Reading Copy

Author Signed ARC.  1999 NY: Doubleday  Advance reading copy, mint, new/unread in  flawless pictorial wrappers, signed by the author.

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Burke, James Lee - Heartwood (Signed First Edition UK) Burke, James Lee | Heartwood | Signed First Edition UK Book

Author Signed UK Hardcover Book.  1999 LON: Orion  First UK edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Burke, James Lee | House of the Rising Sun | Signed First Edition Book Burke, James Lee | House of the Rising Sun | Signed First Edition Book

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  December 2015 NY: Simon & Schuster  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by the author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Burke, James Lee - In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead (First Edition) Burke, James Lee | In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead | First Edition Book

1993 NY: Hyperion  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread, flawless dust jacket.

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Burke, James Lee - In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead (Signed First Edition) Burke, James Lee | In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead | Signed First Edition Book

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  1993 NY: Hyperion  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread, flawless dust jacket, signed by author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Burke, James Lee - In the Moon of Red Ponies (Signed First Edition) Burke, James Lee | In the Moon of Red Ponies | Signed First Edition Book

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  2004 NY: Simon & Schuster  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by the author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Burke, James Lee | In the Moon of Red Ponies | Signed First Edition Book Burke, James Lee | In the Moon of Red Ponies | Signed First Edition Book

Author Signed Hardcover Book. 2004 NY: Simon & Schuster First edition, first printing, fine in a fine dust jacket, signed by author, remainder marked.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Burke, James Lee | In the Moon of Red Ponies | Signed First Edition UK Book Burke, James Lee | In the Moon of Red Ponies | Signed First Edition UK Book

Author Signed UK Hardcover Book.  July 2004 LON: Orion  First U.K. edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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

Author Signed Hardcover Book. August 2016 NY: Simon & Schuster  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by the author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Burke, James Lee | Lost Get-Back Boogie, The | Signed First Edition Trade Paper Book Burke, James Lee | Jesus Out To Sea | Signed First Edition Trade Paper Book

Author Signed Trade Paper  2007 NY: Simon & Schuster   First edition (thus), first edition trade paper printing, mint, new/unread in pictorial wraps, signed by author.

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Burke, James Lee - Jolie Blon's Bounce (Signed First Edition) Burke, James Lee | Jolie Blon's Bounce | Signed First Edition Book

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  2002 NY: Simon & Schuster  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread, flawless dust jacket, signed by author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Burke, James Lee - Jolie Blon's Bounce (Signed First Edition) Burke, James Lee | Jolie Blon's Bounce | Signed First Edition Book

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  2002 NY: Simon & Schuster   First edition, later printing, mint, new/unread, flawless dust jacket, signed by author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Burke, James Lee - Jolie Blon's Bounce (Signed First Edition) Burke, James Lee | Jolie Blon's Bounce | Signed First Edition Book

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  2002 NY: Simon & Schuster  First edition, first printing, fine in a fine dust jacket, signed by author, remainder marked.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Burke, James Lee - Jolie Blon's Bounce (Signed later printing) Burke, James Lee | Jolie Blon's Bounce | Signed First Edition Book

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  2002 NY: Simon & Schuster  First edition, later printing, fine in a fine  dust jacket, signed by author, remainder marked.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Burke, James Lee - Jolie Blon's Bounce (Signed First Edition UK) Burke, James Lee | Jolie Blon's Bounce | Signed First Edition UK Book

Author Signed UK Hardcover Book.    2002 LON: Orion - First UK edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Burke, James Lee - Jolie Blon's Bounce (Signed First Edition UK) Burke, James Lee | Jolie Blon's Bounce | Signed First Edition UK Book

Author Signed UK Hardcover Book.    2002 LON: Orion First UK edition, first printing, near fine (page toning) in a fine dust jacket, signed by author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Burke, James Lee - Light of the World (Signed First Edition) Burke, James Lee | Light of the World | Signed First Edition Book

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  July 2013 NY: Simon & Schuster  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by the author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Burke, James Lee - Light of the World (Signed First Edition) Burke, James Lee | Light of the World | Signed First Edition Book

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Burke, James Lee | Lost Get-Back Boogie, The | First Edition Mass Market Paperback Burke, James Lee | Lost Get-Back Boogie, The | Signed First Edition Mass Market Paperback

Author signed paperback  1978 NY: Henry Holt Mass Market Paperback Book, promotional copy, first printing, fine in fine pictorial wraps, signed by the author.

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Author Signed Trade Paper  1978 NY: Hyperion First edition (thus), later trade paper printing, mint, new/unread in pictorial wraps, signed by author.

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Burke, James Lee - Pegasus Descending (Signed First Edition) Burke, James Lee | Pegasus Descending | Signed First Edition Book

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  2006 NY: Simon and Schuster  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by the author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Burke, James Lee - Pegasus Descending (Signed First Edition) Burke, James Lee | Pegasus Descending | Signed First Edition Book

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Author Signed Trade Paper. 2006 NY: Simon & Schuster First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in flawless pictorial wrappers, signed by the author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Burke, James Lee | Purple Cane Road | First Edition UK Book Burke, James Lee | Purple Cane Road | First Edition UK Book

First UK Edition Hardcover Book 2000 LON: Orion  First UK edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket in an archival acetate cover. Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Burke, James Lee - Purple Cane Road (Signed First Edition) Burke, James Lee | Purple Cane Road | Signed First Edition Book

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  2000 NY: Doubleday  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread, flawless dust jacket, signed by author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Burke, James Lee - Rain Gods (First Edition) Burke, James Lee | Rain Gods | First Edition Book

Collectible Hardcover Book.  July 2009 NY: Simon & Schuster  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Burke, James Lee | Robicheaux | Signed First Edition Book Burke, James Lee | Robicheaux | Signed First Edition Book

Author Signed Hardcover Book. January 2018 NY: Simon & Schuster  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by the author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Burke, James Lee - Sunset Limited (Signed First Edition) Burke, James Lee | Sunset Limited | Signed First Edition Book

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  1998 NY: Doubleday  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by the author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Burke, James Lee - Swan Peak (First Edition) Burke, James Lee | Swan Peak | First Edition Book

2008 NY:  Simon & Schuster  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Burke, James Lee | Tin Roof Blowdown, The | Signed Advance Reading Copy Burke, James Lee | Tin Roof Blowdown, The | Signed Advance Reading Copy

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Author Signed Hardcover Book  2007 NY: Simon & Schuster  First edition, first printing, fine in a fine dust jacket, signed by the author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Burke, James Lee - Wayfaring Stranger (Signed First Edition) Burke, James Lee | Wayfaring Stranger | Signed First Edition Book

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  July 2014 NY: Simon & Schuster  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by the author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Burke, James Lee - White Doves at Morning (Signed First Edition) Burke, James Lee | White Doves at Morning | Signed First Edition Book

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  2002 NY: Simon & Schuster  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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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

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

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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