Coming Aug. 30, 2016 --- The Jealous Kind! More info coming soon...

Do you have House of the Rising Sun yet?

released Dec. 1, 2015! Listen to an excerpt read by actor Will Patton
New York Times bestseller James Lee Burke returns with his latest masterpiece, the story of a father and son separated by war and circumstance—and whose encounter with the legendary Holy Grail will change their lives forever. From its opening scene in revolutionary Mexico to the Battle of the Marne in 1918, and on to the bordellos and saloons of San Antonio during the reign of the Hole in the Wall Gang, House of the Rising Sun is an epic tale of love, loss, betrayal, vengeance, and retribution that follows Texas Ranger Hackberry Holland on his journey to reunite with his estranged son, Ishmael, a captain in the U.S. Army.

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

James Lee Burke


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.

His son was Sam Morgan Holland, who was a Confederate soldier, a trail drover, a drunkard, a gunman who killed nine men, and finally a Baptist saddle preacher. He was also the lover of the Cimarron Rose, a beautiful outlaw queen in Indian Territory.

His son was Hackberry Holland the older, who was a Texas Ranger and frontier lawman who put John Wesley Hardin in jail.

The grandson of Hackberry was named for his grandfather and was a Navy corpsman at the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean war, a POW in a hellish prison in No Name Valley, a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union, and a sheriff on the Texas-Mexican border.

Billy Bob Holland, his cousin, was also a Texas Ranger and an attorney. Billy Bob is the great-grandson of Sam Morgan Holland.

Ismael Holland is the son of Hackberry Holland the older and was among Pershing’s punitive expedition into Mexico in 1916 and a participant in the Battle of the Somme.

Weldon Holland is the grandson of Hackberry Holland, and was in the Ardennes during WW 2. He narrates Wayfaring Stranger.

Aaron Holland Broussard is also the grandson of Hackberry Holland the older, and is the narrator of The Jealous Kind. The latter completes a trilogy that includes Wayfaring Stranger and House of the Rising Sun.

Bits and Bobs

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

texasmonthlyRipped From the Bloodlines
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.”