Crusaders Cross | James Lee BurkeAlthough he writes mystery novels, James Lee Burke is widely regarded as being one of America's best living writers in any genre. A distinctive prose style that verges on the poetic, his ability to bring to vivid life the beauty and fury of nature and his ad gallery of picaresque yet beautifully drawn characters have won him legions of fans. Burke turns 80 in December, and for the last 30 years has delivered one bestselling mystery after another, most of them featuring Cajun Sheriff's deputy Dave Robicheaux and his private investigator buddy Clete Purcell. These novels are set in the steamy bayous of Louisiana in the town of New Iberia, where Burke lives for part of the year, and Robicheaux, like Burke himself, is a Catholic and an alcoholic, although Burke has not had a drink for more than three decades. Burke tasted literary success early in life. He sold his first short story at the age of 19 and by his mids had had a raft of stories and three novels published.
A Holland Family Novel
Like his more famous creation, Billy Bob is a troubled gent, haunted by the violence of his ancestors a few of whom have starred in books of their own -- see below , which he fears may be his true legacy, and his own troubled past. In fact, the ghost of L. Navarro, the best friend he accidentally killed, continues to pop up and discuss the days events and Billy Bob's ongoing guilt. Aiding and abetting the brooding Billy Bob in his cases is his pal, neighbour and private investigator Temple Carol, who admits to have a spot in her heart for her employer. Like the Robicheaux series, the lyrical descriptive touch of Burke brings the setting, in this case west Texas, to life. And Burke has brought that same unflinching and unapologetically poetic eye to Missoula, Montana, where Billy Bob relocates in the third novel, Bitterroot , which saw him moving to west Montana and hung out a shingle for his law practice. Burke's such a damn good writer and such a pleasure to read than I figure most people would follow him and his characters anywhere.
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Hackberry is the cousin of Billy Bob Holland , who has his own book series by Burke. His family and friends are trying to get him to run for office, but Hack would rather look after his horses and take the odd pro-bono case. While trying to get a conviction overturned for an old friend, Hack finds himself embroiled in the Texas patronage system and the beginnings of the United Farm Workers movement, which is led by a beautiful woman who may just help Hack find a new purpose in life. These women and young girls have all been killed execution-style and are laying in shallow graves. Hack must solve these murders, but in trying to do so, it could lead to more. Shop Worldwide: Amazon. Hoping to stumble upon a new author or series?
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An American writer of a vast and extensive backlog of mystery titles, the novelist James Lee Burke has been writing for some time now. Growing up in the United States, he spent a large portion of his childhood on the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast, where he would spend most of his childhood. During this time he would harness his passion for both reading and writing, whilst also taking in a wealth of inspiration as well. Previously working as a truck driver he would undertake many attempts to get published, many of which were successful at first. Working for the U. Forest Service, though, he persevered in his efforts to get himself published and get his work out there. Taking up a number of other positions as well, he would also gain a wealth of experience, such as a social-worker and a newspaper reporter.