James Lee Burke

James Lee Burke

This is a complete list of James Lee Burke books in publication and chronological order, broken down by series or category.

Recent/Upcoming James Lee Burke Books

January 23rd, 2024: Harbor Lights

June 11th, 2024: Clete

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List of Dave Robicheaux Books in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
7.5
The Neon Rain
1987
2
8
Heaven's Prisoners
1988
3
7.9
Black Cherry Blues
1989
4
8.6
A Morning for Flamingos
1990
5
8.4
A Stained White Radiance
1992
6
8.3
In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead
1993
7
8.6
Dixie City Jam
1994
8
8.4
Burning Angel
1995
9
8.4
Cadillac Jukebox
1996
10
8.7
Sunset Limited
1996
11
8.5
Purple Cane Road
2000
12
8.5
Jolie Blon's Bounce
2002
13
8.7
Last Car to Elysian Fields
2003
14
8.2
Crusader's Cross
2005
15
8.7
Pegasus Descending
2006
16
8.6
The Tin Roof Blowdown
2007
17
8.1
Swan Peak
2008
18
8.6
The Glass Rainbow
2010
19
8.8
Creole Belle
2012
20
8.1
Light of the World
2013
21
8.6
Robicheaux
2018
22
8.5
The New Iberia Blues
2019
23
7.1
A Private Cathedral
2020
24
Clete
2024

List of Holland Family Universe Books in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
8.7
Lay Down My Sword and Shield
1971
2
8
Two for Texas
1982
3
8.8
Cimarron Rose
1997
4
8.5
Heartwood
1999
5
7.9
Bitterroot
2001
6
8.3
In the Moon of Red Ponies
2004
7
8.7
Rain Gods
2009
8
8.9
Feast Day of Fools
2011
9
8.8
Wayfaring Stranger
2014
10
7
House of the Rising Sun
2015
11
9.5
The Jealous Kind
2016
12
8
Another Kind of Eden
2021
13
7.3
Every Cloak Rolled in Blood
2022

List of Hackberry Holland Books in Publication Order

List of Billy Bob Holland Books in Publication Order

List of Weldon Holland Books in Publication Order

List of Standalone Novels in Publication Order

List of Short Stories/Novellas in Publication Order

List of Short Story Collections in Publication Order

List of James Lee Burke Anthologies in Publication Order

James Lee Burke Biography

James Lee Burke was born on December 5th, 1936 and is currently 87 years old. James Lee Burke was born in Houston, Texas, USA. Burke attended University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he received a B.A. English Literature and University of Missouri where he received an M.A. English Literature.

James Lee Burke is the author of the Dave Robicheaux series which currently consists of 24 novels. The Dave Robicheaux series started in 1987 with the novel The Neon Rain. The most recently released novel in the Dave Robicheaux series was A Private Cathedral which was released in 2020. There is an upcoming novel for the Dave Robicheaux series entitled Clete which is being released on June 11th, 2024.

James Lee Burke has also written the Holland Family Universe series which has 13 books including Lay Down My Sword and Shield and Two for Texas.

The Real Book Spy named Robicheaux one of the Best Crime/Mystery Thrillers of 2018.

James Lee Burke Awards & Accolades

James Lee Burke won the Edgar Award, Grand Master, in 2009.

James Lee Burke has won many awards including:

  • Black Cherry Blues won the Edgar Award, Best Mystery Novel, in 1990.
  • Dixie City Jam won the Hammett Prize, Best Crime Novel, in 1994.
  • Sunset Limited won the Crime Writer's Association Award, Gold Dagger Award, in 1998.
  • Cimarron Rose won the Edgar Award, Best Mystery Novel, in 1998.
  • Last Car to Elysian Fields won the Audie Award, Best Male Narrator, in 2004.
  • The Tin Roof Blowdown won the Gumshoe Award, Best Mystery Novel, in 2008.
  • Books to Die For won the Agatha Award, Best Non-fiction, in 2012 as well as the Anthony Award - Best Non-Fiction Book in 2013, Macavity Award - Best Mystery Critical/Biographical in 2013.
  • Light of the World won the Spur Awards, Best Contemporary Western Novel, in 2014.

The following novels by James Lee Burke were also nominated for these awards:

  • Black Cherry Blues: Macavity Award, Best Mystery Novel (1990).
  • Cadillac Jukebox: Crime Writer's Association Award, Gold Dagger Award (1996).
  • Cimarron Rose: Hammett Prize, Best Crime Novel (1997). Barry Award, Best Novel (1998).
  • Sunset Limited: Dilys Award, Best Mystery Novel (1999).
  • Heartwood: Hammett Prize, Best Crime Novel (1999).
  • Purple Cane Road: Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Best Mystery/Thriller (2000). Crime Writer's Association Award, Gold Dagger Award (2000).
  • Jolie Blon's Bounce: Hammett Prize, Best Crime Novel (2002). Crime Writer's Association Award, Gold Dagger Award (2002). Edgar Award, Best Mystery Novel (2003). Macavity Award, Best Mystery Novel (2003).
  • Pegasus Descending: Crime Writer's Association Award, Gold Dagger Award (2007).
  • The Tin Roof Blowdown: British Book Awards, Crime and Thriller Book of the Year (2008). Crime Writer's Association Award, Gold Dagger Award (2008). Anthony Award, Best Mystery Novel (2008).
  • Rain Gods: Crime Writer's Association Award, Gold Dagger Award (2010).
  • The Glass Rainbow: Macavity Award, Best Mystery Novel (2011).
  • Feast Day of Fools: Hammett Prize, Best Crime Novel (2011). Spur Awards, Best Western Long Novel (2012).
  • Books to Die For: Edgar Award, Best Critical/Biographical Work (2013). Edgar Award, Best Critical/Biographical Work (2013).
  • Wayfaring Stranger: Goodreads Awards, Best Historical Fiction (2014). Hammett Prize, Best Crime Novel (2014). RUSA Awards, Historical Fiction Award (2015).
  • Flags on the Bayou: Edgar Award, Best Mystery Novel (2024).

James Lee Burke F.A.Q

When was James Lee Burke Born? How old is James Lee Burke?

James Lee Burke was born on December 5th, 1936. James Lee Burke is currently 87 years old.

Where was James Lee Burke Born?

James Lee Burke was born in Houston, Texas, USA and is American.

What awards has James Lee Burke won?

James Lee Burke has won the following awards: Grand Master at the Edgar Award (2009).

What book awards has James Lee Burke won?

Black Cherry Blues: Edgar Award Best Mystery Novel (1990).
Dixie City Jam: Hammett Prize Best Crime Novel (1994).
Sunset Limited: Crime Writer's Association Award Gold Dagger Award (1998).
Cimarron Rose: Edgar Award Best Mystery Novel (1998).
Last Car to Elysian Fields: Audie Award Best Male Narrator (2004).
The Tin Roof Blowdown: Gumshoe Award Best Mystery Novel (2008).
Books to Die For: Agatha Award Best Non-fiction (2012), Anthony Award Best Non-Fiction Book (2013), Macavity Award Best Mystery Critical/Biographical (2013).
Light of the World: Spur Awards Best Contemporary Western Novel (2014).

What was the first book James Lee Burke wrote?

The first novel written by James Lee Burke was Half of Paradise, published in 1965.

What was the most recent book James Lee Burke wrote?

His most recently released work was Harbor Lights on January 23rd, 2024.

Will there be any more books by James Lee Burke?

James Lee Burke has a new book coming out on June 11th, 2024 called Clete.

How many books has James Lee Burke written?

James Lee Burke has written 46 books. 24 books in the Dave Robicheaux Series, 13 books in the Holland Family Universe Series, 6 books in the Hackberry Holland Series, 4 books in the Billy Bob Holland Series, 2 books in the Weldon Holland Series, 6 Standalone Novels, 1 Short Story/Novella, 3 books in the Short Story Collections.

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    Andrew M.
    Andrew M.
    2 years ago

    James Lee is one of the top-notch mystery and fiction writers I know up to date.
    The writing style is excellent, with good character development and vivid descriptions of situations.
    After reading the preceding books, I see how the setting has developed and progressed over time.
    Detective Robicheaux is one of those guys who are good at heart and believes in justice and welfare for others even though he is fighting his demons.
    The Neon Rain surprised me with a handful of poetic prose, giving the story a dripping atmosphere. The New Orleans setting really drew me to the story.

    Michael K.
    Michael K.
    1 year ago

    Like most contemporary readers, I was intimidated by the Dave Robicheaux series. By the time I discovered the series, it had 22 novels, which is a lot. Again, like most contemporary readers, my first instinct was to skip to the middle or even the end.

    But hardcore fans encouraged me to start at the beginning. After reading four books in this series, I finally understand why the novels are so popular. First of all, I don’t know why the size of this series was so daunting. The individual books are tiny.

    Secondly, Dave is the most compelling character I’ve ever encountered in this genre. He has so many weaknesses, and he triumphs over them as many times as he fails. Nonetheless, there’s plenty of fun to be had with these books. They are not the nonstop train of misery and heartache people expect.

    Tom
    Tom
    1 month ago

    Another good author that got lost in the shuffle. I plan on reading some of his books in 2024.

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