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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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Texas Monthly interview

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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.”