From New York Times bestselling author James Lee Burke comes a sprawling
thriller drenched with atmosphere and intrigue that takes a young boy from a
chance encounter with Bonnie and Clyde to the trenches of World War II and the
oil fields along the Texas-Louisiana coast.
It is 1934 and the Depression
is bearing down when sixteen-year-old Weldon Avery Holland happens upon
infamous criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow after one of their notorious
armed robberies. A confrontation with the outlaws ends as Weldon puts a bullet
through the rear window of Clyde’s stolen automobile.
Ten years later, Second
Lieutenant Weldon Holland and his sergeant, Hershel Pine, escape certain death
in the Battle of the Bulge and encounter a beautiful young woman named Rosita
Lowenstein hiding in a deserted extermination camp. Eventually, Weldon and
Rosita fall in love and marry and, with Hershel, return to Texas to seek their
There, they enter the domain
of jackals known as the oil business. They meet Roy Wiseheart—a former Marine
aviator haunted with guilt for deserting his squadron leader over the South
Pacific—and Roy’s wife Clara, a vicious anti-Semite who is determined to make
Weldon and Rosita’s life a nightmare. It will be the frontier justice upheld by
Weldon’s grandfather, Texas lawman Hackberry Holland, and the legendary antics
of Bonnie and Clyde that shape Weldon’s plans for saving his family from the
evil forces that lurk in peacetime America and threaten to destroy them all. Download and start listening now!