Half of Paradise

Half of Paradise

by James Lee Burke
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Half of Paradise by James Lee Burke

Discover the debut novel of James Lee Burke, before the creation of his now-famous Cajun detective, Dave Robicheaux , as he weaves together the struggles of three very different men.

Toussaint Boudreaux, a black docker in New Orleans, puts up with his co-workers' racism because he has to, and moonlights as a prize-fighter in the hope of a better life-but the only break he gets lands him in penal servitude. J.P. Winfield, a hick with a gift for twelve-string guitar, finds his break into show-biz leads to the flipside of the American dream. Avery Broussard, descendant of an aristocratic French family, runs whiskey when what remains of his land is repossessed...

The interlocking stories of these three men are an elegy to the realities of life in 1950s Louisiana, their destinies fixed by the circumstances of their birth and time. Yet each carries the hope of redemption...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401304232
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 08/23/2011
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 151,875
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

James Lee Burke is the New York Times bestselling, Edgar Award-winning author of twenty-four novels, including eighteen starring the Cajun detective Dave Robicheaux. Burke grew up on the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast, where he now lives with his wife Pearl. They also spend several months a year in Montana.


New Iberia, Louisiana and Missoula, Montana

Date of Birth:

December 5, 1936

Place of Birth:

Houston, Texas


B.A., University of Missouri, 1959; M.A., University of Missouri, 1960

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Half of Paradise 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
SamiO More than 1 year ago
This is one of the very best by James Lee Burke. He has never ceased to amaze me with his story telling. I only wish I could find a chronological list of his books!! CKM
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*Moans as her bloated belly growls from a mixture of hunger and excessive lactose. Angel gives her orange peanut butter crackers. She eats twelve of them and then realizes something.* These are cheese crackers... *Puts her hand on her belly.*
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shr More than 1 year ago
This has to be one of the worst books and waste of my time i ever had the displeasure to waste my money on..Do Not Buy!!