James Lee Burke, American mystery author best known for his Dave Robicheaux series.
Burke was born in Houston, Texas but grew up on the Texas-Lousiana gulf coast. He attended Southwestern Louisiana Institute and the University of Missouri, receiving a BA and MA from the latter. He has worked at a wide variety of jobs over the years, including working in the oil industry, as a reporter, as an English teacher and social worker.
Burke and his wife, Pearl, split their time between Montana and Louisiana.