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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.

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.

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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

House of the Rising Sun
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House of the Rising Sun by James Lee Burke

Wayfaring Stranger
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Wayfaring Stranger by James Lee Burke

Light of the World
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Light of the World by James Lee Burke
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Bitterroot | Burke, James Lee | First Edition UK Book 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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Burning Angel | Burke, James Lee | First Edition Book Burke, James Lee | Burning Angel | First Edition Copy

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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Burning Angel | Burke, James Lee | First Edition UK Book 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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Burning Angel | Burke, James Lee | Signed First Edition Book Burke, James Lee | Burning Angel | Signed First Edition Copy

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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Cadillac Jukebox | Burke, James Lee | Signed First Edition Book Burke, James Lee | Cadillac Jukebox | Signed First Edition Copy

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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Cadillac Jukebox | Burke, James Lee | Signed First Edition Book Burke, James Lee | Cadillac Jukebox | Signed First Edition Copy

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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Author Signed Hardcover Book.  1996 NY: Hyperion  First edition, first printing, near-fine (soiled boards) 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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Cimarron Rose | Burke, James Lee | Book - 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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Cimarron Rose | Burke, James Lee | First Edition Book Burke, James Lee | Cimarron Rose | First Edition Copy

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

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Cimarron Rose | Burke, James Lee | Signed First Edition UK Book Burke, James Lee | Cimarron Rose | Signed First Edition UK Copy

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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Dixie City Jam | Burke, James Lee | Signed First Edition Book Burke, James Lee | Dixie City Jam | Signed First Edition Copy

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

Author Signed Hardcover Book. 2011 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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Feast Day of Fools, The | Burke, James Lee | Signed First Edition Book Burke, James Lee | Feast Day of Fools, The | Signed First Edition Copy

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

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Glass Rainbow, The | Burke, James Lee | Signed First Edition Book Burke, James Lee | Glass Rainbow, The | Signed First Edition Copy

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 | Burke, James Lee | 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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Heartwood | Burke, James Lee | Signed First Edition UK Book Burke, James Lee | Heartwood | Signed First Edition UK Copy

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

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

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In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead | Burke, James Lee | First Edition Book Burke, James Lee | In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead | First Edition Copy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Jesus Out To Sea | Burke, James Lee | 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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Jolie Blon's Bounce | Burke, James Lee | Signed First Edition Book Burke, James Lee | Jolie Blon's Bounce | Signed First Edition Copy

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Jolie Blon's Bounce | Burke, James Lee | Signed First Edition Book Burke, James Lee | Jolie Blon's Bounce | Signed First Edition Copy

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Jolie Blon's Bounce | Burke, James Lee | Signed First Edition UK Book Burke, James Lee | Jolie Blon's Bounce | Signed First Edition UK Copy

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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Light of the World | Burke, James Lee | Signed First Edition Book Burke, James Lee | Light of the World | Signed First Edition Copy

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

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The New Iberia Blues by James Lee Burke | Signed First Edition Book Burke, James Lee | New Iberia Blues, The | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book. January 2019 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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Pegasus Descending | Burke, James Lee | Signed First Edition Book Burke, James Lee | Pegasus Descending | Signed First Edition Copy

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Purple Cane Road | Burke, James Lee | 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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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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Rain Gods | Burke, James Lee | First Edition Book Burke, James Lee | Rain Gods | First Edition Copy

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

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

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Swan Peak | Burke, James Lee | First Edition Book Burke, James Lee | Swan Peak | First Edition Copy

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

Author Signed ARC.  July 2007 NY: Simon & Schuster Advance reading copy, 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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Wayfaring Stranger | Burke, James Lee | Signed First Edition Book Burke, James Lee | Wayfaring Stranger | Signed First Edition Copy

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White Doves at Morning | Burke, James Lee | Signed First Edition Book Burke, James Lee | White Doves at Morning | Signed First Edition Copy

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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White Doves At Morning | Burke, James Lee | Signed First Edition UK Book Burke, James Lee | White Doves At Morning | Signed First Edition UK Copy

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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

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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