Three of James Lee Burke's novels have been made into films. "Two for Texas" was made into a television movie, while "Heaven's Prisoners" and "The Electric Mist" were theatrical movies. The two theatrical movies featured Burke's recurring character Dave Robicheaux, played by Alec Baldwin and Tommy Lee Jones respectively.
Burke attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the University of Missouri. Before becoming a writer, he worked in the social care, journalism and oil industries. In 1990, he won the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Allan Poe award for best novel for "Black Cherry Blues." He won again in 1998 with the novel "Cimarron Rose" and won the grand master award in 2009.