The Authors on the Air Global Radio Network is proud to present this exclusive IN CONVERSATION interview with American's legendary writer JAMES LEE BURKE and writing instructor, author and former private investigator DAVID CORBETT.
James Lee Burke is an American author, best known for his Dave Robicheaux series. He has won Edgar Awards for Black Cherry Blues and Cimarron Rose, and the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America.
JLB's 40th book, THE PRIVATE CATHERAL: The Shondell and Balangie families are longtime enemies in the New Iberia criminal underworld and show each other no mercy. Yet their youngest heirs, Johnny Shondell and Isolde Balangie, rock and roll-musician teenagers with magical voices, have fallen in love and run away after Isolde was given as a sex slave to Johnny’s father. As he seeks to uncover why, Detective Dave Robicheaux gets too close to both Isolde’s mother and the mistress of her father, a venomous New Orleans mafioso whose jealousy has no bounds. In retribution, he hires a mysterious assassin to go after Robicheaux and his longtime partner, Clete Purcel. This hitman is unlike any the “Bobbsey Twins from Homicide” have ever faced. He has the ability to induce horrifying hallucinations and travels on a menacing ghost ship that materializes without warning. In order to defeat him and rescue Johnny and Isolde, Robicheaux will have to overcome the demons that have tormented him throughout his adult life—alcoholism, specters from combat in Vietnam, and painful memories of women to whom he opened his heart only to see killed. www.jamesleeburke.com
David Corbett is the author of six critically acclaimed novels. His book on the craft of characterization, "The Art of Character" was pulished by Penguin. www.davidcorbett.com