In a startling and brilliantly successful departure, James
Lee Burke,one of America’s most celebrated authors of crime fiction, has written
a historical novel—an epic story of love, hate, and survival set against the
tumultuous background of the Civil War and Reconstruction.
1861. Two young Southerners, friends despite their differing
political views and backgrounds, enlist in the 18th Louisiana regiment of the
Confederate Army. Robert Perry, wealthy and privileged, and irreverent Willie
Burke, the son of Irish immigrants, face the trials of battle and find
redemption in the love of a passionate and committed abolitionist, Abigail
Downing, and in the courageous struggle of Flower Jamison, a beautiful slave.
Filled with a cast of unforgettable characters, and penetrating a landscape of
shattering Civil War bloodshed as few novels have, this epic from an American
literary giant endows readers with the gift of experiencing the past through
new eyes, while its timeless prose style—at once luminous and brutal—ensures
that the legacy of this bloodiest of conflicts will never be lost. Download and start listening now!