James Lee Burke is an American author who specializes in mysteries. Burke is best known for his Dave Robicheaux series, two of which have been adapted to film. Burke has also written seven crime novels.

James Lee Burke has been writing ever since 1965 and continues to this day. Below is a list of James Lee Burke’s work in order of when it was published:

Publication Order of Dave Robicheaux Books



The Neon Rain(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Heaven's Prisoners(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Black Cherry Blues(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Morning for Flamingos(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Stained White Radiance(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dixie City Jam(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Burning Angel(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cadillac Jukebox(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sunset Limited(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Purple Cane Road(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Jolie Blon's Bounce(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Last Car to Elysian Fields(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Crusader's Cross(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Pegasus Descending(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Tin Roof Blowdown(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Swan Peak(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Glass Rainbow(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Creole Belle(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Light of the World(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Hackberry Holland Books


Lay Down My Sword and Shield(1971) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Rain Gods(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Feast Day of Fools(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Billy Bob Holland Books


Cimarron Rose(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Heartwood(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bitterroot(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
In the Moon of Red Ponies(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels


Half of Paradise(1965) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
To The Bright and Shining Sun(1970) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Two for Texas(1982) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Lost Get-Back Boogie(1986) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
White Doves at Morning(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Stories


Texas City, 1947(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Story Collections


The Convict and Other Stories(1985) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Jesus Out to Sea(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

If You Like James Lee Burke Books, You’ll Love…

James Lee Burke Synopsis: In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead is the sixth novel in the Dave Robicheaux mystery series, where Dave is having a series of visions involving Confederate soldiers under General John Bell Hood. A severely mutilated body belonging to a young woman is found in a ditch of New Iberia, Louisiana and then busts a movie star for drunk driving. The movie star (Elrod Sykes) tells Robicheaux about a skeleton they found while filming a movie back in 1957 – exactly where Robicheaux had witnessed a black man being murdered by two white men. Now, a guilt-ridden Robicheaux must identify the victim while at the same time, more young women are being killed. In The Electric Mist with Confederate Dead was adapted to film (dropping the “with Confederate Dead” part of the title) in 2009. The film was a co-production between France and the United States. The film starred Tommy Lee Jones as Robicheaux and John Goodman.

James Lee Burke Reader Reviews:

Submitted by Mariana D.

After reading Purple Cane Road, I’m hooked! This is one of the most elegantly written crime novels I’ve ever read. He has introduced me to the Louisiana that is cloaked in mystique and a false enchantment that hides generations of hidden sins. I can’t put down the Dave Robicheaux books. A Big thanks to James Lee Burke for writing this truly satisfying, thoroughly engrossing page turner.

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  • Debtak

    Some of the best descriptive writing I have ever read!