James Lee Burke won the 1998 CWA / The Macallan Gold Dagger for fiction for SUNSET LIMITED and the Edgar Award for CIMARRON ROSE. PURPLE CANE ROAD was shortlisted for the 2000 award. Tommy Lee Jones has bought DIXIE CITY JAM to produce, direct and star as Robicheaux. Wonderful reviews in the UK: "The ultimate in crime writing. Uniquely satisfying" Literary Review "Among the best American writers working today" Daily Telegraph "James Lee Burke is an exceptional writer; no qualification necessary" Observer "The best of American writing, never mind just crime writing" The Times PURPLE CANE ROAD w
James Lee Burke is the author of many previous novels, several featuring Detective Dave Robicheaux. He won the EDGAR AWARD in 1998 for CIMARRON ROSE, while BLACK CHERRY BLUES won the EDGAR in 1990 and SUNSET LIMITED was awarded the CWA GOLD DAGGER in 1998. He lives with his wife, Pearl, in Missoula, Montana and New Iberia, Louisiana.
When it comes to literate, pungently characterised American crime writing, James Lee Burke has few peers. * Daily Express * One of the finest American writers. * Guardian * His lyrical prose, his deep understanding of what makes people behave as they do, and his control of plot and pace are masterly. * Sunday Telegraph * The king of Southern noir. * Daily Mirror * There are not many crime writers about whom one might invoke the name of Zola for comparison, but Burke is very much in that territory. His stamping ground is the Gulf coast, and one of the great strengths of his work has always been the atmospheric background of New Orleans and the bayous. His big, baggy novels are always about much more than the mechanics of the detective plot; his real subject, like the French master, is the human condition, seen in every situation of society. * Independent * Richly deserves to be described now as one of the finest crime writers America has ever produced. * Daily Mail * A gorgeous prose stylist. * A gorgeous prose stylist. * James Lee Burke is the heavyweight champ, a great American novelist whose work, taken individually or as a whole, is unsurpassed. * Michael Connelly *