Coming Aug. 30, 2016 --- The Jealous Kind!Learn more...

Learn more about The Jealous Kind

coming Aug. 30, 2016!
thejealouskind New York Times bestseller James Lee Burke presents an atmospheric, coming-of-age story set in 1952 Texas, as the Korea War rages. On its surface, life in Houston is as you would expect: drive-in restaurants, souped-up cars, jukeboxes, teenagers discovering their sexuality. But beneath the glitz and superficial normalcy, a class war has begun, and it is nothing like the conventional portrayal of the decade. Against this backdrop Aaron Holland Broussard discovers the poignancy of first love and a world of violence he did not know existed. As Aaron undergoes his harrowing evolution from boy to man, we can’t help but recall the inspirational and curative power of first love and how far we would go to protect it.

Robicheaux, Purcel or Burke

Robicheaux and friends

Louisiana native Dave Robicheaux has fought too many battles: in Vietnam, with killers and hustlers, with police brass, and with the bottle. His best friend, Clete Purcel, has been alongside Robicheaux to help him fight the demons -- and bring along his own.

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Meet the Hollands

Meet the Hollands

We meet patriarch Son Holland in Burke's first published book. In later books we meet son Hackberry and cousin Billy Bob Holland. With a history of violence, family estrangement, law enforcement, and alcoholism, the Holland themes are familiar to Burke's readers.

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The Jealous Kind

thejealouskindWell here’s a little teaser, going to be published August 30th! The Jealous Kind. It’s just around the corner and can be pre-ordered everywhere now.

An atmospheric coming-of-age story set in 1952 Texas as the Korean War rages…

On its surface, life in Houston is as you would expect: drive-in restaurants, souped-up cars, jukeboxes, teenagers discovering their sexuality. But beneath the glitz and superficial normalcy, a class war has begun, and it is nothing like the conventional portrayal of the decade. Against this backdrop Aaron Holland Broussard discovers the poignancy of first love and a world of violence he did not know existed.

When Aaron spots the beautiful and gifted Valerie Epstein fighting with her boyfriend, Grady Harrelson, at a Galveston drive-in, he inadvertently challenges the power of the Mob and one of the richest families in Texas. He also discovers he must find the courage his father had found as an American soldier in the Great War.

Written in evocative prose, The Jealous Kind may prove to be James Lee Burke’s most encompassing work yet. As Aaron undergoes his harrowing evolution from boy to man, we can’t help but recall the inspirational and curative power of first love and how far we would go to protect it.

Pre-order a signed copy from Fact & Fiction Books here

Bits and Bobs

James Lee Burke

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James Lee Burke, a rare winner of two Edgar Awards, and named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels and two collections of short stories. He lives in Missoula, Montana.

JLB’s notes on the Holland family tree

Here are the relationships in the Holland family. The confusion for some readers is the fact there are two Hackberry Hollands. So I’ll try to clear up what I can.

The patriarch of the family is Son Holland, who escaped from a Louisiana chain gang in 1835 and fled to Texas and fought at the Battle of San Jacinto for Texas’ independence from Mexico.

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Writing tips from JLB

logo-transIn the Dec. 11, 2015 Publishers Weekly, James Lee Burke gives writing tips…

Robert Frost once said a poet must be committed to a lover’s quarrel with the world. He had it right. If a person writes for money or success, he will probably have neither. If he writes for the love of his art and the world and humanity, money and success will find him down the line. In the meantime he must work everyday at his craft, either at his desk or in his mind and sometimes in his sleep. It’s a lonely pursuit, one without shortcuts.

Read the article here.

Texas Monthly interview

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James Lee Burke’s dark, violent Texas novels are rooted in the family stories he heard as a child.

By Jeff Salamon

“James Lee Burke is best known for his mystery novels featuring Dave Robicheaux, a sheriff’s deputy in New Iberia, Louisiana. But though he has spent much of his life in the Pelican State, Burke was born in Houston and has deep roots in Texas, and in recent years those ties have come to play a more prominent role in his work. In 1997 he began a series of books about a Texas lawyer named Billy Bob Holland. A decade or so later he wrote two books about Billy Bob’s cousin, Texas sheriff Hackberry Holland. Last year’s Wayfaring Stranger and Burke’s new book, House of the Rising Sun, continue the Holland family saga.”