James Lee Burke

James Lee Burke author photoBefore he became a best selling author, James Lee Burke showed amazing perseverance in the face of serious rejection.  Burke submitted his novel The Lost Get-Back Boogie 111 times before it was finally published by Louisiana State University Press.  Soon after its publication the novel was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.  Burke is best known for his Dave Robicheaux mystery series, which is set in Louisiana, not far from the Texas – Louisiana Gulf Coast region where he grew up.  His latest novel, The Tin Roof Blowdown, deals with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and is set for release this July.