The Neon Rain
  • # of Books:
  • First Book:
    March 1987
  • Latest Book:
    May 2020
  • Genres:
    Law Enforcement, Thriller
  • Setting:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Characters:
    Dave Robicheaux, former police detective
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The Dave Robicheaux Series in Order (23 Books)

Order Book Date Rating
1 4
2 4
3 4
4 5
5 4
6 5
7 5
8 5
9 4

10 4
11 5
12 4
13 5
14 5
15 5
16 4.5
17 4.5
18 4
19 5
20 4
21 5
22 4
23 4

Book Descriptions for series: Dave Robicheaux

  • Book - 1

    From the pulsing jazz of the French Quarter to the twisting trails of drug-dealers' swamps, New Orleans is Detective Dave Robicheaux's turf. But now he's fought too many battles: in Vietnam, with killers and hustlers, with the police brass, with the ...

  • Book - 2

    Vietnam vet Dave Robicheaux has turned in his detective's badge, is winning his battle against booze, and has left New Orleans with his wife for the tranquil beauty of Louisiana's bayous. But a plane crash on the Gulf brings a young girl into his lif...

  • Book - 3

    Evil crept into Dave Robicheaux's bayou world one night and destroyed the woman he loved. Now it's threatening the life of his innocent child. Framed for murder, the Cajun ex-cop is traveling far from his Louisiana home to clear his name, to help a ...

  • Book - 4

    Clutching the shards, of his shattered life, Cajun detective Dave Robicheaux has rejoined the New lberia police force. His partner is dead -- slain during a condemned prisoner's bloodyflight to freedom that left Robicheaux critically wounded...and...

  • Book - 5

    Cajun police detective Dave Robicheaux knows the Sonnier family of New Iberia--their connections to the CIA, the mob, and to a former Klansman now running for state office. And he knows their past, as dark and murky as a night on the Louisiana bayou....

  • Book - 6

    Hollywood has sent its emissaries to New Iberia Parish to film a Civil War epic in the steaming mists of the Louisiana bayou -- reawakening the ghosts of a past best left undisturbed. The restless specters wait in the shadows for cajun cop Dave Ro...

  • Book - 7

    AS A CHILD HE WAS FRIGHTENED BY THE STORIES... It's out there, under the salt of the Gulf of Mexico, off the Louisiana coast--a buried Nazi submarine. Detective Dave Robicheaux of the New Iberia Sheriff's office has known of its existence since chil...

  • Book - 8

    The Fontenot family has lived as sharecroppers on Bertrand land for as long as anyone in New Iberia, Louisiana, can remember. So why are they now being forced from their homes? And what does the murder of Della Landry--the girlfriend of New Orleans f...

  • Book - 9

    No one was surprised when Aaron Crown was arrested for the decades-old murder of the most famous black civil rights leader in Louisiana. After all, his family were shiftless timber people who brought their ways into the Cajun wetlands--trailing rumor...

  • Book - 10

    WITNESS AT THE CRUCIFIXION The townspeople of New Iberia, Louisiana, didn't crucify Megan Flynn's father. They just didn't catch whoever pinned him to a barn wall with sixteen-penny nails. Decades later, Megan, now a world-famous photojournalis...

  • Book - 11

    Robicheaux first hears it from a pimp eager to trade information for his life: Mae Guillory was murdered outside a New Orleans nightclub by two cops. Dave Robicheaux was just a boy when his mother ran out on him and his whiskey-driven father. Now Rob...

  • Book - 12

    New Iberia, Louisiana, is reeling from a one-two punch of brutal rape-homicides, and drug-addicted blues singer Tee Bobby Hulin has been tagged as the prime suspect. No stranger to bucking popular opinion, police detective Dave Robicheaux senses it's...

  • Book - 13

    A rainy late-summer night finds Robicheaux in a New Orleans bar, about to confront the man who may have savagely assaulted his friend, Father Jimmy Dolan, a Catholic priest who's always at the centre of controversy. But things in a Burke novel are r...

  • Book - 14

    For detective Dave Robicheaux, memories including those of a strange and violent summer from his youth -- are best left alone. But a dying man's confession forces Robicheaux to resurrect a decades-old mystery with a missing woman at its heart. Her na...

  • Book - 15

    When a nice young woman named Trish Klein blows into Louisiana passing hundred- dollar bills in local casinos, detective Dave Robicheaux senses a storm bearing down on his new life of contentment.... Twenty-five years ago, lost in a drunken haze in F...

  • Book - 16

    Hurricane Katrina has reduced the Big Easy to the level of a medieval society. Now, with looters descending and violence erupting in the streets, Iberia Parish sheriff's detective Dave Robicheaux combs the apocalyptic landscape for a quartet of crimi...

  • Book - 17

    Trouble follows Dave Robicheaux. James Lee Burke's new novel, Swan Peak, finds Detective Robicheaux far from his New Iberia roots, attempting to relax in the untouched wilderness of rural Montana. He, his wife, and his buddy Clete Purcell have ret...

  • Book - 18

    The brutal murders of seven young women in a neighboring parish pull Robicheaux from his New Iberia home into a case with all the telltale signs of a serial killer. Except that one of the victims, a high school honors student, doesn't fit. Investigat...

  • Book - 19

    Languishing in a recovery unit on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans, Dave Robicheaux is fighting an enemy more insidious than the one who put a bullet in his back a month earlier in a shootout on Bayou Teche. The morphine meant to dull his pain is st...

  • Book - 20

    Louisiana Sherriff’s Detective Dave Robicheaux and his longtime friend and partner Clete Purcel are vacationing in Montana’s spectacular Big Sky country when a series of suspicious events leads them to believe their lives -- and the lives of thei...

  • Book - 21

    James Lee Burke’s most beloved character, Dave Robicheaux, returns in this gritty, atmospheric mystery set in the towns and backwoods of Louisiana. DAVE ROBICHEAUX IS A HAUNTED MAN. Between his recurrent nightmares about Vietnam, his battle w...

  • Book - 22

    The shocking death of a young woman leads Detective Dave Robicheaux into the dark corners of Hollywood, the mafia, and the backwoods of Louisiana in this gripping mystery from “modern master” (Publishers Weekly) James Lee Burke. Detective Dav...

  • Book - 23

    After finding himself caught up in one of Louisiana’s oldest and bloodiest family rivalries, Detective Dave Robicheaux must battle the most terrifying adversary he has ever encountered: a time-traveling superhuman assassin. The Shondell and Bala...


Black Cherry Blues
1990 Edgar Allan Poe Award -- Novel
Dixie City Jam
1995 Hammett -- Best Novel
Jolie Blon's Bounce
2003 Audies -- Mystery-Fiction
Light of the World
2014 Spur Award -- Contemporary

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

There are 23 books in the Dave Robicheaux series.

The Dave Robicheaux series does not have a new book coming out soon. The latest book, A Private Cathedral (Book 23), was published in May 2020.

The first book in the Dave Robicheaux series, The Neon Rain, was published in March 1987.

The Dave Robicheaux series primarily falls into the Law Enforcement and Thriller genres.