James Lee Burke won the 1998 CWA / The Macallan Gold Dagger for fiction for SUNSET LIMITED and the Edgar Award for CIMARRON ROSE. PURPLE CANE ROAD was shortlisted for the 2000 award. Tommy Lee Jones has bought DIXIE CITY JAM to produce, direct and star as Robicheaux. Wonderful reviews in the UK: "The ultimate in crime writing. Uniquely satisfying" Literary Review "Among the best American writers working today" Daily Telegraph "James Lee Burke is an exceptional writer; no qualification necessary" Observer "The best of American writing, never mind just crime writing" The Times PURPLE CANE ROAD w
James Lee Burke is the author of eighteen previous novels, including eleven featuring detective Dave Robicheaux. He now lives in Missoula, Montana and New Iberia, Louisiana, with his wife Pearl.
Violence touches all of the characters in Burke's third novel (after Cimarron Rose and Heartwood) featuring defense attorney and former Texas Ranger Billy Bob Holland. Like Dave Robicheaux, the hero of Burke's Louisiana novels, Holland is a man who spends a good deal of his time in the paths of violent people and violent events. This time he travels to Montana's Bitterroot Valley to help an old friend, Doc Voss, who is having trouble with mining companies and a local right-wing militia group. Holland must also contend with a psychotic ex-convict rodeo clown who blames him for past tragedies. Also making a few cameos is the ghost of Holland's dead partner, L.Q. Navarro, who doesn't so much haunt Holland this time as hang around to give comfort and cryptic advice. Burke has a wonderful sense of place; his settings always seep into and flavor the story. His characters are also vivid, angry, and touched hard by the world's cruelty, although sometimes it seems that the difference between the bad guys and the good guys is that the bad guys enjoy the mayhem and carnage they cause just a little more. Recommended for all public libraries. Patrick Wall, University Cty. P.L., MO Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
A two-time Edgar Award winner, Burke touches on a variety of hot-button issues sure to thrill his fans in his first book since last year's Purple Cane Road. The author's popular protagonist, Texas attorney Billy Bob Holland, travels to big sky country for some fishing with Doc Voss, a friend who's relocated to Montana's Bitterroot Valley after his wife's death. Soaring descriptions of the majestic setting contrast sharply with the evil doings of the people who live there. Doc has made some powerful enemies in his campaign against a mining venture he believes would harm the economy and the pristine countryside. The stakes rise when his teenage daughter is raped in her bedroom. The rapists could be any of the white supremacists who live in the woods, randy bikers on the prowl, strange members of a conservative religious cult or even the Native Americans eking out a substandard living on the local reservation. Billy Bob and Doc also have to contend with celebrities wanting to experience "country life," organized crime figures, government agents and a sinister, recently paroled felon who blames Billy Bob for his wife's death. To top it off, Billy Bob suffers from guilt over the accidental killing of his best friend as well as nightmarish memories of Vietnam. It's only a matter of time before the powder keg blows. Those who relish Burke's patented mix of supercharged violence and overheated passions are in for a treat. (June 18) Forecast: While not quite in the same league as Purple Cane Road, this entry is likely to scale bestseller lists as well. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
James Lee Burke is the heavyweight champ, a great American novelist
whose work, taken individually or as a whole, is unsurpassed. *
Michael Connelly *
A gorgeous prose stylist. * A gorgeous prose stylist. *
Richly deserves to be described now as one of the finest crime writers America has ever produced. * Daily Mail *
There are not many crime writers about whom one might invoke the name of Zola for comparison, but Burke is very much in that territory. His stamping ground is the Gulf coast, and one of the great strengths of his work has always been the atmospheric background of New Orleans and the bayous. His big, baggy novels are always about much more than the mechanics of the detective plot; his real subject, like the French master, is the human condition, seen in every situation of society. * Independent *
The king of Southern noir. * Daily Mirror *
His lyrical prose, his deep understanding of what makes people behave as they do, and his control of plot and pace are masterly. * Sunday Telegraph *
One of the finest American writers. * Guardian *
When it comes to literate, pungently characterised American crime writing, James Lee Burke has few peers. * Daily Express *