‘Wayfaring Stranger’: Author Q&A with Crime Writer James Lee Burke

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By Sean Salai, S.J., July 24, 2014, America Magazine On-line

James Lee Burke is an American Catholic crime novelist who grew up on the Louisiana-Texas gulf coast and is based in Missoula, Montana, and in New Iberia, Louisiana. He holds a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Missouri. His past jobs included working as a “landman” for Sinclair Oil Company, a pipeliner, a land surveyor, a newspaper reporter, a college English professor, a social worker on Skid Row in Los Angeles, a clerk for the Louisiana Employment Service and an instructor for the U. S. Job Corps.

Author of more than 30 books, Mr. Burke has received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship as well as several book awards including the Louisiana Writer Award in 2002 for his contributions to Louisiana’s cultural heritage. He is best known for his series featuring Louisiana detective Dave Robicheaux, a character portrayed on film by Alec Baldwin and Tommy Lee Jones. He and his wife have four children, one of whom (Alafair Burke) is also a crime writer, and four grandchildren.

Mr. Burke’s latest novel, Wayfaring Stranger, was published July 15 by Simon and Schuster. On July 22, I interviewed Mr. Burke by telephone about his new book and his writing. The following transcript has been edited for content and length. (To continue reading, click here.)

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