But underneath that surface lies a world shifting under high school junior Aaron Holland Broussard’s feet. Grady is a live wire though, and presents a looming problem for Aaron. Aaron’s newfound confidence helps catch Valerie’s eye, and the two begin dating. New york times bestselling author and “the reigning champ of nostalgia noir” The New York Times Book Review James Lee Burke returns with a powerful novel in the Holland Family series, an atmospheric coming-of-age story set in 1950s Texas, as the specter of the Korean War looms.
The Jealous Kind: A Novel A Holland Family Novel - On its surface, drive-in movies, life in 1950s Houston is as you’d expect; stoic fathers, restless teens, and souped-up Cadillacs. The underlying class war between the haves and have nots is growing steadily, along with the menace of conflict overseas in Korea, providing a harrowing backdrop to his growth to manhood.
But when aaron spots the beautiful Valerie Epstein at a drive-in, he steps in when he sees her fighting with her boyfriend, Grady Harrelson.
House of the Rising Sun: A Novel A Holland Family NovelSimon & Schuster - In her own way, to vanquish their enemies, each woman will aid Hack in his quest to reconcile with Ishmael, and to return the Grail to its rightful place. Bestselling author james lee burke’s masterpiece is the story of a father and son separated by war, circumstance, and a race for the Holy Grail—a thrilling entry in the Holland family saga The New York Times Book Review has described as “saturated with the romance of the past while mournfully attuned to the unholy menace of the present.
After a violent encounter that leaves four mexican soldiers dead, earning the ire of a bloodthirsty Austrian arms dealer who places Hack’s son, Ishmael, Texas Ranger Hackberry Holland escapes the country in possession of a stolen artifact believed to be the mythic cup of Christ, squarely in the cross hairs of a plot to recapture his prize.
House of the Rising Sun: A Novel A Holland Family Novel - On the journey from revolutionary mexico in 1918 to the saloons of san antonio during the hole in the wall gang’s reign, we meet three extraordinary women: the Danish immigrant who is Ishmael’s mother and Hackberry’s one true love; a brothel madam descended from the Crusader knight who brought the Shroud of Turin back from the Holy Land; and a onetime lover of the Sundance Kid, whose wiles rival those of Lady Macbeth.
Wayfaring Stranger: A Novel A Holland Family NovelSimon & Schuster - The three return to texas where Weldon and Hershel get in on the ground floor of the nascent oil business. A confrontation with the outlaws ends with Weldon firing a gun, unsure whether it hit its mark. In just a few years’ time weldon will spar with the jackals of the industry, rub shoulders with dangerous men, and win and lose fortunes twice over.
But it is the prospect of losing his one true love that will spur his most reckless act yet—one inspired by that encounter long ago with the outlaws of his youth. Ten years later, rosita lowenstein—a woman who holds the same romantic power over him as the strawberry blonde Bonnie Parker, and a young Spanish prisoner of war, in the process saving the lives of his sergeant, Hershel Pine, Second Lieutenant Weldon Holland barely survives the Battle of the Bulge, and is equally mysterious.
Wayfaring Stranger: A Novel A Holland Family Novel - . A tender love story and pulse-pounding thriller, wayfaring Stranger "is a sprawling historical epic full of courage and loyalty and optimism and good-heartedness that reads like an ode to the American Dream" Benjamin Percy, Poets & Writers. In his most ambitious work yet, New York Times bestseller James Lee Burke tells a classic American story through one man's unforgettable life.
In 1934, sixteen-year-old weldon avery Holland happens upon infamous criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow after one of their notorious armed robberies.
Feast Day of Fools: A Novel Hackberry Holland Book 3Simon & Schuster - When alcoholic ex-boxer danny boy lorca witnesses a man tortured to death in the desert, Hackberry’s investigation leads him to Anton Ling, a mysterious Chinese woman known for sheltering illegals. This time, he and the Preacher have a common enemy. Ling denies any knowledge of the attack, but something in her aristocratic beauty seduces Hack into overlooking that she is as dangerous as the men she harbors.
And when soulless preacher Jack Collins reemerges, the cold-blooded killer may prove invaluable to Hackberry. The critically acclaimed thirtieth entry from new York Times bestselling author James Lee Burke, Western, featuring Texas Sheriff Hackberry Holland in an epic tale that is equal parts thriller, and literary masterpiece.
Feast Day of Fools: A Novel Hackberry Holland Book 3 - James lee burke returns to the texas border town of his bestseller Rain Gods, fights for survival—his own, where a serial killer presumed dead is very much alive…and where sheriff Hackberry Holland, now a widower, and of the citizens he’s sworn to protect.
Lay Down My Sword and Shield Hackberry Holland Book 1Simon & Schuster - When hack attempts to overturn a conviction for an old army buddy, he finds himself embroiled in the seamy underbelly of the Texas patronage system—and in the earliest beginnings of the United Farm Workers movement, led by a beautiful woman who speaks to his heart in a way no one else has. But hack would prefer to drink, look after his beloved horses, and represent the occasional long-shot pro bono case at his law firm.
As hack begins to bring justice to the underserved, he finds both a new love and a new purpose. Vintage james lee burke: the first novel introducing the memorable Texas sheriff Hackberry Holland, coming of age against the backdrop of the civil rights era in a sultry border town. In hot and sultry texas, an attorney and korean War POW, his brother, is being pushed by his wife, Hack, and his so-called friends in the oil business to run for political office.
Lay Down My Sword and Shield Hackberry Holland Book 1 - With his skillful blend of engaging plotlines, and graceful prose, compelling characters, James Lee Burke demonstrates the shimmering clarity of vision that has made him beloved by suspense fans all over the globe.
Rain Gods: A Novel Hackberry Holland Book 2Simon & Schuster - Haunted by a past he can’t shake and his own private demons, Hack attempts to untangle the grisly case, which may lead to more bloodshed. America’s best novelist” the denver post brings back one of his most fascinating characters—Texas sheriff Hackberry Holland, cousin to lawman Billy Bob Holland—in this heart-pounding bestseller.
In a heat-cracked border town, the bodies of nine illegal aliens—women and girls, killed execution-style—are unearthed in a shallow grave. Damaged young iraq vet pete flores, and his girlfriend, Vikki Gaddis, who saw too much before fleeing the crime scene, are running for their lives. Sorting through the lowlifes who are hunting down pete, Hack is caught up in a terrifying race for survival—for Pete, and with Preacher Jack Collins, Vikki, a Godfearing serial killer for hire, in the mix, and himself.
Cimarron Rose A Holland Family NovelPocket Books - But when lucas overhears gruesome tales of serial murder from a neighboring cell in the local lock-up, he himself looks like a candidate for an untimely death, and Billy Bob incurs enemies far more dangerous than any he faced as a Ranger. His lawyer, former texas ranger billy bob holland, is convinced of Lucas’s innocence—but proving it means unearthing the truth from the seething mass of deceit and corruption that spreads like wildfire in a gossipy small town where everybody knows everybody else’s business.
Texas attorney billy bob holland must confront the past in order to save his illegitimate son from a murder conviction in this brilliant, fast-paced thriller from beloved New York Times bestselling author James Lee Burke. Lucas smothers, nineteen and from the wrong end of town, has been arrested for the rape and murder of a local girl.
Cimarron Rose A Holland Family Novel - With the same electric language and hard-edged style that brought James Lee Burke’s Dave Robicheaux novels to the forefront of American crime fiction, Cimarron Rose explodes with a harsh, evocative setting and unforgettable characters. Years back he was a close friend of Mrs. Billy bob’s relationship with Lucas’s family is not an easy one.
Smothers—too close, according to her husband.
Bitterroot: A Novel Billy Bob Holland Book 3Simon & Schuster - There are plenty of parallels. Dave battles alcoholism and the ghosts of Vietnam; Billy Bob actually sees ghosts, including the Ranger he accidentally gunned down. But most of all, both protagonists hold a vision of a pure and simple life. In bitterroot, and a set of remarkable, its intricate plot, unforgettable characters, with its rugged and vivid setting, and crafted with the lyrical prose and the elegiac tone that have inspired many critics to compare him to William Faulkner, James Lee Burke has written a thriller destined to surpass the success of his previous novels.
But beneath the guise of justice for the weak and downtrodden lies a tendency for violence that at times becomes more terrifying than the danger he is trying to eradicate. Following his acclaimed bestseller Purple Cane Road, James Lee Burke returns with a triumphant tour de force. The two series describe different landscapes, home, women, but one theme remains constant: the inner conflict when upright men are provoked into violence in defense of hearth, and children.
And big trouble it is, not just for his friend but for billy bob himself -- in the form of Wyatt Dixon, a recent prison parolee sworn to kill Billy Bob as revenge for both his imprisonment and his sister's death, both of which he blames on the former Texas lawman. As the mysteries multiply and the body count mounts, the reader is drawn deeper into the tortured mind of Billy Bob Holland, a complex hero tormented by the mistakes of his past and driven to make things -- all things -- right.
Bitterroot: A Novel Billy Bob Holland Book 3 - As usa today noted in discussing the parallels between billy Bob Holland and Burke's other popular series hero, "Robicheaux and Holland are two of a kind, David Robicheaux, white-hat heroes whose essential goodness doesn't keep them from fighting back. Set in the bitterroot valley of montana, home to celebrities seeking to escape the pressures of public life, Burke's novel features Billy Bob Holland, former Texas Ranger and now a Texas-based lawyer, as well as to xenophobes dedicated to establishing a bulkhead of patriotic paranoia, who has come to Big Sky Country for some fishing and ends up helping out an old friend in trouble.
In the Moon of Red Ponies: A Novel Billy Bob Holland Book 4Simon & Schuster - He's a master at setting mood, laying in atmosphere, all with quirky dialogue that's a delight. Elmore leonard in james lee burke's last novel featuring Billy Bob Holland, Bitterroot, the former Texas Ranger left his home state to help a friend threatened by the most dangerous sociopath Billy Bob had ever faced.
As complications mount and the dead bodies multiply, Billy Bob is drawn closer to the truth behind Johnny American Horse's arrest—and discovers a greater danger to himself and to his whole family. As billy bob investigates, amber finley, as reckless as she is defiant—and the daughter of one of montana's us senators; Darrel McComb, he discovers a web of intrigue surrounding the case and its players: Johnny's girlfriend, a Missoula police detective who is obsessed with Amber; and Seth Masterson, an enigmatic government agent whose presence in town makes Billy Bob wonder why Washington has become so concerned with an obscure murder case on the fringes of the Bitterroot Mountains.
In the Moon of Red Ponies: A Novel Billy Bob Holland Book 4 - Haunting suspense and captivating villains, the hallmark of James Lee Burke's bestselling novels of evil and redemption, are brilliantly evoked in his new Billy Bob Holland opus, the follow-up to the popular and critically acclaimed Bitterroot. James lee burke tells a story in a style all his own, in language that's alive, electric.
But in in the moon of red ponies, he discovers that jail cells have revolving doors and that the government he had sworn to serve may have become his enemy. Johnny is charged with the murder of two mysterious men—who seem to have recently tried to kill Johnny themselves, or at least scare him off his political causes.
How billy bob strikes back at evil and protects his kin is the masterful triumph of In the Moon of Red Ponies. Beautifully written, with an intriguing plot and characters whose conflicts seem as real as life itself, this novel shows James Lee Burke again in the top form that has made him a critical favorite and a national bestseller.
Two for TexasPocket Books - Son holland escaped a Louisiana chain gang—but never intended to kill a prison guard during the breakaway. Terrified for his life, on the run through the bayou with fellow escapee Hugh Allison and a beautiful Indian squaw, Son flees across the river to Texas, where the only chance the travelers have for survival awaits in a violent storm of revolution led by General Houston and James Bowie.
This early james lee burke classic is available again—featuring Son Holland, the great-grandfather of beloved hero Billy Bob Holland, as he flees a Louisiana prison camp with a Native American woman and a fellow prisoner in tow. James lee burke steps back three generations to reveal the lightning-paced tale of western lawman Billy Bob Holland’s great-grandfather, a fugitive swept up in the proud fight for Texan independence.
Robicheaux: A Novel Dave RobicheauxSimon & Schuster - Tony has a civil war sword he’d like to give to Levon Broussard, a popular local author whose books have been adapted into major Hollywood films. As robicheaux works to clear his name and make sense of the murder, a harrowing study of America emerges: this nation’s abiding conflict between a sense of past grandeur and a legacy of shame, its easy seduction by demagogues and wealth, and its predilection for violence and revenge.
Robicheaux’s only beacon remains serving as a detective in New Iberia, Louisiana. It’s in that capacity that Robicheaux crosses paths with powerful mob boss, Tony Nemo. There’s something off about the relationship among these three men, it’s up to Robicheaux to uncover the truth “in the barn-burner of a climax” Booklist, and after a vicious assault, starred review.
Robicheaux: A Novel Dave Robicheaux - Then there’s jimmy nightengale, the young poster boy of New Orleans wealth and glamour. Tony thinks jimmy can be a US Senator someday, and has the resources and clout to make it happen. Jimmy’s fond of levon’s work, and even fonder of his beautiful, enigmatic wife, Rowena. Complicating matters is the sudden death of the New Iberian local responsible for Molly’s death; namely that Robicheaux’s colleague thinks Robicheaux had something to do with it.
Images of ghosts pepper his reality. It has been almost five years since james Lee Burke’s last Dave Robicheaux novel, and it was absolutely worth the wait” Associated Press.