Do you have House of the Rising Sun yet?

released Dec. 1, 2015! Listen to an excerpt read by actor Will Patton
New York Times bestseller James Lee Burke returns with his latest masterpiece, the story of a father and son separated by war and circumstance—and whose encounter with the legendary Holy Grail will change their lives forever. From its opening scene in revolutionary Mexico to the Battle of the Marne in 1918, and on to the bordellos and saloons of San Antonio during the reign of the Hole in the Wall Gang, House of the Rising Sun is an epic tale of love, loss, betrayal, vengeance, and retribution that follows Texas Ranger Hackberry Holland on his journey to reunite with his estranged son, Ishmael, a captain in the U.S. Army.

Robicheaux, Purcel or Burke

Robicheaux and friends

Louisiana native Dave Robicheaux has fought too many battles: in Vietnam, with killers and hustlers, with police brass, and with the bottle. His best friend, Clete Purcel, has been alongside Robicheaux to help him fight the demons -- and bring along his own.

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Meet the Hollands

Meet the Hollands

We meet patriarch Son Holland in Burke's first published book. In later books we meet son Hackberry and cousin Billy Bob Holland. With a history of violence, family estrangement, law enforcement, and alcoholism, the Holland themes are familiar to Burke's readers.

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James Lee Burke


James Lee Burke, a rare winner of two Edgar Awards, and named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels and two collections of short stories. He lives in Missoula, Montana.

Bits and Bobs

Writing tips from JLB

logo-transIn the Dec. 11, 2015 Publishers Weekly, James Lee Burke gives writing tips…

Robert Frost once said a poet must be committed to a lover’s quarrel with the world. He had it right. If a person writes for money or success, he will probably have neither. If he writes for the love of his art and the world and humanity, money and success will find him down the line. In the meantime he must work everyday at his craft, either at his desk or in his mind and sometimes in his sleep. It’s a lonely pursuit, one without shortcuts.

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Texas Monthly interview

texasmonthlyRipped From the Bloodlines
James Lee Burke’s dark, violent Texas novels are rooted in the family stories he heard as a child.

By Jeff Salamon

“James Lee Burke is best known for his mystery novels featuring Dave Robicheaux, a sheriff’s deputy in New Iberia, Louisiana. But though he has spent much of his life in the Pelican State, Burke was born in Houston and has deep roots in Texas, and in recent years those ties have come to play a more prominent role in his work. In 1997 he began a series of books about a Texas lawyer named Billy Bob Holland. A decade or so later he wrote two books about Billy Bob’s cousin, Texas sheriff Hackberry Holland. Last year’s Wayfaring Stranger and Burke’s new book, House of the Rising Sun, continue the Holland family saga.”