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Dave Robicheaux, Lousiana detective

I stopped by to see my friends at Tomorrow Pictures the other day. Drew was busy working with some footage from Australia down in the editing room, so rather than interrupt his train of thought I just hung out in his office and took the opportunity to browse his bookshelf, looking for something I hadn’t already read. Crusader’s CrossCrusader’s Cross looked interesting, and when he returned he let me borrow it.

I’m very glad he did, and thank you Drew. It’s always fun to find another author who’s work I enjoy. I’d put James Lee Burke‘s character in the same sort of genre as others I’ve recommended before; if you enjoy crawling around cleaning up the underbelly of society in Florida with John D. MacDonald’s Travis McGee and Randy Wayne White’s Doc Ford, you’re likely to enjoy spending time in Louisiana with Dave Robicheaux. He’s another rough-around-the-edges, no-nonsense detective with plenty of personal daemons to make things interesting.

One thing I don’t like about finding new authors’ series’ is realizing that I’ve just started in the middle. I’d rather meet the characters in the “right” order, learning about them as they grow in the author’s imagination. To save you that sort of frustration, here’s a list of the Dave Robicheaux novels and the years they were first published:

Consider that a shopping list — for yourself or a loved one who enjoys a gritty crime-fighter.

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  1. I will add to Steve’s article. the Dave Robicheaux series by James Lee Burke is excelent, it you don’t have time to read the series on dead trees, consider reading it on ‘tape’ (or CD). Recorded Books ( has most of the series read by Mark Hammer. When I first heard Mark Hammer begin to read my first Dave Robicheaux book I was very disappointed, but after a couple pages I began to realize that Mark Hammer’s voice was perfect for this set of books. Nobody could read them and sound like a Dave Robicheaux.

    A little more about James Lee Burke (from his website), his work has been awarded an Edgar twice for Best Crime Novel of the Year.Two of his novels, Heaven’s Prisoners and Two For Texas, have been made into motion pictures. His short stories have been published in The Atlantic Monthly, New Stories from the South, Best American Short Stories, Antioch Review, Southern Review, and The Kenyon Review. His novel The Lost Get-Back Boogie was rejected 111 times over a period of nine years, and upon publication by Louisiana State University press was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

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