burke-fullBest-known for the Dave Robicheaux detective series, James Lee Burke’s many New York Times bestsellers include Light of the World, The Tin Roof Blowdown, Creole Belle, Bitterroot, and Jolie Blon’s Bounce. He is the rare winner of two Edgar Awards, has received Guggenheim and Breadloaf Fellowships, and was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America. After being rejected 111 times before publication, his groundbreaking novel The Lost Get-Back Boogie was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Burke was raised on the Texas-Louisiana Gulf coast and has worked as an oil company landman, newspaper reporter, pipeliner, English professor, land surveyor, social worker, employment clerk, and U.S. Job Corps instructor. He currently lives with his wife outside Missoula, MT.

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