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Lay Down My Sword and Shield


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James Lee Burke has won the CWA/Macallan Gold Dagger once and the Edgar Award twice All his most recent novels have been NEW YORK TIMES bestsellers and James Lee Burke is also a SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author 'Burke's plotting is as innovative as it is plausible, but it is in his feel for Texas that his prose truly sparkles. He captures its mixture of rustic innocence and shotgun justice, its beauty and vast indifference' DAILY EXPRESS 'Burke is the poet of the tortured South and never fails to connect at all levels' TIME OUT 'No argument: James Lee Burke is among the finest of all contemporary American novelists' DAILY MAIL 'No crime writer in America can hold a pen to Burke's mastery of style and powers of evocation and empathy; this is prose that cuts straight to the heart' GUARDIAN

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James Lee Burke is the author of many previous novels, including twelve featuring Detective Dave Robicheaux. He lives with his wife, Pearl, in Missoula, Montana and New Iberia, Louisiana.


These titles, published throughout the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, represent Burke's early work before the creation of his now famous Cajun detective, Dave Robicheaux. Each features protagonists forced to make tough decisions that will forever change the paths of their lives (LJ 3/1/65, LJ 7/70, LJ 1/15/72).

James Lee Burke is the heavyweight champ, a great American novelist whose work, taken individually or as a whole, is unsurpassed. * Michael Connelly *
A gorgeous prose stylist. * Stephen King *
Richly deserves to be described now as one of the finest crime writers America has ever produced. * Daily Mail *
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 *
The king of Southern noir. * Daily Mirror *
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 *
One of the finest American writers. * Guardian *
When it comes to literate, pungently characterised American crime writing, James Lee Burke has few peers. * Daily Express *

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