James Lee Burke

    Born in 1936 in Houston, Texas, James Lee Burke grew up on

    the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast. Over the years, Burke has

    worked in the oil field and on a pipeline, taught at

    several colleges, been a social worker on skid row in Los

    Angeles, a newspaper reporter in Louisiana, a landman for

    Sinclair Oil Company, a land surveyor in Colorado, and an

    employee of the U.S. Forest Service in eastern Kentucky.

    James Lee Burke is the author of eighteen previous novels,

    including Cimarron Rose, Cadillac Jukebox, Burning Angel,

    and Dixie City Jam, the New York Times bestselling Sunset

    Limited, Heartwood and his latest Purple Cane Road.

    James Lee Burke and his wife split their time between

    Missoula, Montana and New Iberia Louisiana. They have four

    children.