In an essay, I once claimed that to sell books, a writer needs hyphens, the more the better. So I am claiming to be a Texas-regional-southwestern-darkly-historical-comic-dirty realism-literary-mystery writer. I hope those are enough. I claim history because, if you live awhile in our tech-pop-consumer age, you remember things that no one else does. So you inevitably know a little history. So books all have a little recent history in them.
Nothing to Lose
by Jim Sanderson
Roger Jackson is a grouch. He drinks too much with the wrong sorts of people. He dislikes where he lives—Beaumont, Texas, a small, humid southeast Texas town caught between a marsh and an impenetrable forest, between racial and social strife, between rival versions of Jesus. He dislikes his job—taking photos of cheating spouses. He...
Nearer James Lee Burke than Joe Lansdale, Sanderson’s 'Dolph’s Team' is part border-town mystery and part road trip, reminiscent of 'Lonesome Dove'. Dolph’s crew doesn’t always follow the letter of the law in a world where pre-paid funerals are no joke. As Dolph says, “once you give up decency and honesty,” you’re on your...
"A richly imagined and terrifically realized novel...it rings as true as the winter light across the southern desert." James Crumley Circling buzzards lead U.S. Border Patrol agent Dolph Martinez to the corpse of a man executed in the desert...a murder that shatters the fragile calm in a dusty, Texas town. His investigation pits him...
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