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Topic: James Lee Burke's 20th Aniversary--Re-Read!

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Subject: James Lee Burke's 20th Aniversary--Re-Read!
Date Posted: 7/8/2007 2:28 PM ET
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  I decided to read all my James Lee Burke mystery-thrillers (with Dave Robicheaux as central character) again, this time in chronologhical order.

  But I just noticed: the first of the Robicheaux novels was published in 1987, making this a big anniversary year for him! The first was "The Neon Rain." His latest is set in southern Louisiana as they all are, but  post-Katrina, and due out in a couple of weeks (mid-July). He's written 16, which is almost one a year, with the breaks for a much smaller series set in Montana; it's fine, but I love cajun country.

  His writing is so good it carries these books for a second reading, even if you remember the basics about how they turn out. And there's always a new detail that catches your eye; something I missed the first time reading so fast to see what happened!

  He's intense, but the writing is what elevates him beyond most books in this genre.

  If you haven't already, give him a read, and send happy anniversary thoughts his way!

Date Posted: 7/18/2007 6:16 PM ET
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I have recently posted several of his Robicheaux books and am currently running a 2 for 1 if anyone is interested in them - they are great summer reading, IMHO. =)

Date Posted: 7/19/2007 10:45 AM ET
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 I am pretty sure I have them all; so far I am up to the 6th one "Dixie City Jam."

Best so far: "IN the Electric MIst With the Confederate Dead," and my least favorite (which is still terrific) is "Stained White Radience>"

Date Posted: 7/21/2007 9:54 AM ET
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OK,this might not be the right place to ask, but is there any place to go and find the order of a series of books by an author? Does that make sense, I mean I've heard people mention different series on here but I want to read them in order. How can I find that out?

Date Posted: 7/29/2007 11:59 AM ET
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 This is a big pain; I wish publishers would do better with this.

 I had to check the publisher dates. The lists of books by the same author, that most books include, is sometimes in order, but it seems like only about half the time.

 Those lists also are often in alphabetical order, or in some cases, the author  changed publishers, and the current publisher won't list the earlier, different ones.

  I had most of JLB's books, and a good idea of what came when, so I looked at the publishing date. With others, I have looked up the book on Amazon to check the pub date.

Date Posted: 8/5/2007 4:59 PM ET
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A good site for looking at the order of publication of a series or of books by a particular author is:


Hope this helps!  Many authors also have their own websites with the information listed.

Date Posted: 8/8/2007 3:37 PM ET
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 James Lee Burke's web site lists them in chronological order.

And I found out on th web site he IS making a movie of my favorite: "In the Electric MIst with the Confederate Dead," filmed on location! YAY!