James Lee Burke: A Literary Companion

James Lee Burke: A Literary Companion

by Laurence W. Mazzeno


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James Lee Burke is an acclaimed writer of crime novels in which protagonists battle low-life thugs who commit violent crimes and corporate executives who exploit the powerless. He is best known for his Dave Robicheaux series, set in New Orleans and the surrounding bayou country. With characters inspired by his own family, Burke uses the mystery genre to explore the nature of evil and an individual's responsibility to friends, family and society at large.
This companion to his works provides a commentary on all of the characters, settings, events and themes in his novels and short stories, along with a critical discussion of his writing style, technique and literary devices. Glossaries describe the people and places and define unfamiliar terms. Selected interviews provide background information on both the writer and his stories.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476662817
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 12/04/2017
Series: McFarland Literary Companions , #16
Pages: 291
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Laurence W. Mazzeno is president emeritus of Alvernia University, Reading, Pennsylvania. He is the author or editor of over 20 books and more than 300 articles and reviews on literature and history. He lives in Arvada, Colorado.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments  vi

Preface  1

Abbreviations  3

Introduction: More Than a Mystery Writer  4

James Lee Burke: A Brief Biography  8

Chronology of Burke’s Works  12

James Lee Burke: A Literary Companion  15

Appendix A: Glossary  219

Appendix B: Bibliography of Interviews and Profiles  258

Works Cited  260

Index  271

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