James Lee Burke's new novel begins with a fateful encounter between the narrator, sixteen year-old Weldon Avery Holland, and the notorious Bonnie and Clyde - a meeting which ends with Holland putting a bullet through the windscreen of Clyde's stolen automobile.
Weldon's education in the evils that men are capable of continues as we move to the Battle of the Bulge in 1944, where Second Lieutenant Holland saves the life of his sergeant, Hershel Pine.
When the two new friends return to America and enter the oil business, they are about to encounter - amidst the super-rich of Huston - levels of greed and cruelty they thought they had left far behind in the horror of war.
James Lee Burke is the author of many previous novels. He won the Edgar Award in 1998 for Cimarron Rose, while Black Cherry Blues won the Edgar in 1990 and Sunset Limited was awarded the CWA Gold Dagger in 1998.
Author: James Lee Burke