As everyone should know by now, I'm a book lover and reading is my greatest joy. I love my family, but I realllly do love to read. James Lee Burke is my favorite author...from the first one I read right up until Swan Peak, he has never disappointed me. I enjoy the Dave Robicheaux series the best, and of course I'm madly in love with Clete, the anti-hero. If you really want to start reading him, I suggest you start at the beginning...
Will make a list from beginning to end of the Dave and Clete books, although in one of them Clete is off hiding from the mob/cops and feds and I missed him not being there.
1. The Neon Rain
2. Heaven's Prisoners(made a movie in 1996 with Alec Baldwin, Kelly Lynch, Mary Stuart Masterson and Eric Roberts.)...not too good..
3. Black Cherry Blues
4. A Morning for Flamingos
5. A Stained White Radiance
6. In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead
7. Dixie City Jam
8. Burning Angel
9. Cadillac Jukebox
10. Sunset Limited
11. Purple Cane Road
12. Jolie Blon's Bounce
13. Last Car to Elysian Fields
14. Crusader's Cross
15. Pegasus Descending
16. The Tin Roof Blowdown(about Katrina aftermath)
All of Dave's books are based in New Iberia or New Orleans, with the exception of Swan Peak and it's based in Montana.
He writes another series with Billy Bob Holland as the main subject.
1. Cimarron Rose
4. In the Moon of Red Ponies
These all take place in Texas or Montana. I like this series too, but Dave and Clete are the best as far as I'm concerned.
Plus he has written other books that aren't about any of these characters and they are wonderful too.
1. Half of Paradise
2. To the Bright and Shinning Sun
3. Lay Down My Sword and Shield
4. Two for Texas
5. The Convict
6. The Lost Get-Back Boogie
7. White Doves at Morning
8. Jesus out to Sea.(short stories)
These are in my estimation..some of the best reading you will ever experience...You will fall in love with his characters, his prose, his love for New Iberia and New Orleans and Montana. His descriptions are so real, that I swear I can smell the salt in the air, feel the breeze and see the sunsets...Read James Lee Burke...you'll be glad you did.