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From New York Times bestselling author James Lee Burke comes this 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.

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This book, with its larger-than-life characters, is a grand adventure…its noirish reality tinged with a rosy glow, part of which comes from spilled blood.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “A big, broad, engagingly overstuffed new novel…Burke knows how to keep a story humming along…and then there’s Burke’s sense of place, which is so richly interwoven with his sense of history.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Wealth and privilege clash with poverty and ignorance as young Aaron Broussard finds first love, confronts his foes, and saves a friend.”

    Sacramento Bee

  • “Burke has a hit with this dark, atmospheric story of teenagers trying to make it through high school without getting killed by Mafia hit men, low-life thugs, and greasers with oily ducktails and switchblade knives.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Burke’s exquisite story about a teenager caught up in a 1950s class war, narrated by Will Patton, grabs listeners from the get-go. His portrayal of the novel’s young narrator, Aaron Holland Broussard, is fully believable… Patton’s compassion resonates as the boy struggles to prevent his best friend from self-destructing. From Burke’s dialogue, Patton extracts not only the Houston setting but also its distinctive social groups and their complex network of relationships…Overall, this is a stellar production, not to be missed.”

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