James Lee Burke (1532 words)

Stuart Sim (University of Sunderland)
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James Lee Burke was born in Houston, and grew up in the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast area. He worked variously in the oil industry, as a journalist, and in social care, before becoming a full-time writer, most notably of crime fiction, although he branches out into more general fictional projects (including short stories) periodically. His daughter Alafair is also a crime fiction writer, who is beginning to make something of a name for herself.

Burke is a very prolific author with 30-odd books to his name. He has two major detective series, revolving around the characters of Dave Robicheaux (18 novels) and Billy Bob Holland (4 novels) respectively. Robicheaux is an ex-New Orleans policeman, who relocates in the small town of …

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Sim, Stuart. "James Lee Burke". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 February 2009
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Related Groups

  1. Crime, Detective, Spy/ Thriller Fiction

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