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 (1996)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
Robicheaux (2018)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The New Iberia Blues (2019)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Private Cathedral (2020)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 Weldon Holland Books

Wayfaring Stranger (2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
House of the Rising Sun (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Jealous Kind (2016)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/Novellas

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

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

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

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Best American Mystery Stories 2008(2008)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Delta Blues(2009)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Mystery Stories 2009(2009)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Books to Die For(2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Mystery Stories 2014(2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
New Orleans Noir: The Classics (Akashic Noir)(2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Best American Mystery Stories 2018(2018)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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9 Responses to “Order of James Lee Burke Books”

  1. james: 11 months ago

    I guess I am very blessed to have read every word that Mr. Burke has written and also his daughter Alafair. When I check about once a month to see if he has written anything new. I feel like I know all of his characters

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  2. a donselman: 2 years ago

    I could only dream of writing like Mr. Burke; you can see and smell everything he describes.

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  3. pierre: 3 years ago

    I now own all of the books in this series very pleased and looking for many years of enjoying these books .thank-you

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  4. guest: 5 years ago

    I, too, am so pleased to find this chronological list of Burkes’ books. His Robicheaux character is so humble and exciting. I can see the fireflies, smell the magnolias and taste bbq chicken and ribs. Love James Lee Burke. Keep them comin’.

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  5. Guest: 6 years ago

    It’s been a long time since I stumbled on an author whose EVERY book I intend to read. Many thanks to this site for the chronological list (and to our Public Libraries for the books that hooked me!)

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  6. MichaelKirkby: 6 years ago

    I can smell they bayou every time I read a Dave Robichaud novel. A big thanks James Lee. Not so fond of those hard dirt, dusty hot Texas border towns though.

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  7. Guest: 6 years ago

    Amazing stuff. Stand alone or whole series of novels with the same lead characters. So descriptive, Can see,smell,feel and hear everything. Even background noises. Top Notch.

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  8. Jack Bludis: 6 years ago

    His writing is as good as writing gets.

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  9. Debtak: 9 years ago

    Some of the best descriptive writing I have ever read!

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