Michael Burke

Welcome

Michael Burke has traveled through a number of careers since he graduated from college. The first was as an astronomer, working at observatories in the U.S., Hawaii and Iran. He then went back to school to obtain a Master’s Degree in City Planning. He worked in New York City’s Planning Department and later became an Assistant Professor at Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture and City Planning. Michael changed direction again when he found a loft in Soho and began to paint. He has been an artist for more than 30 years - painting, drawing, and creating aluminum books and sculpture. He has exhibited the work extensively in the U.S., Japan, and Europe. Although he has written and published poetry over the years, Michael has only recently arrived on the mystery scene. He has published three mystery novels starring detective Johnny “Blue” Heron; Swan Dive, Music Of The Spheres, and Out Of Mind.

Selected Works

Fiction - Mystery
"Thomas Pynchon and Dashiell Hammett walk into a bar: Burke's channeling the results right here in Out of Mind. Pure joy!"
—Graeme Harper, author of The Invention of Dying
"That kinky private eye, "Blue" (aka Johnny) Heron is back and so is Michael Burke with his remarkable gift for combining can't-put-it-down suspense with startling philosophical glosses and eye-popping metaphors. Reading Burke may soon become a national habit."
—Thomas Fleming, author of The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers
" ...Swan Dive has the speed and sex of Spillane, the plotting of Chandler and the wit and charm of Hammett."
—John Gruen, author of Callas Kissed Me...Lenny Too!

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