Books by James Carlos Blake

THE RULES OF WOLFE by James Carlos Blake
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 2, 2013

"Blake's customary zest for life and death makes his latest modern historical thriller violent, sexy and exciting."
A young man looking for adventure finds more than he bargained for. Read full book review >
COUNTRY OF THE BAD WOLFES by James Carlos Blake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2012

"We're in McCarthy territory in much of Blake's latest, but without the dazzling verbal pyrotechnics. That's not to say that the book is derivative—merely that it keeps good company. Blake's tale is involved and a touch too long, but full of wry humor and thoughtful writing."
A rollicking, shaggy-doggish yarn of life in 19th and early-20th-century Mexico and the Wild West by prolific historical novelist Blake (The Pistoleer, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >
THE KILLINGS OF STANLEY KETCHEL by James Carlos Blake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"Hard-bitten, yet surprisingly moving."
Another brooding and violent tale from Blake (Handsome Harry, 2004, etc.), this one about the boxer best known for almost besting Jack Johnson. Read full book review >
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 3, 2004

"Fewer wild woodnotes than usual, but masterful detail with a steady current of electric storytelling. "
Another historical crime novel haunted by dark killer angels from Blake (Under the Skin, 2003, etc.), whose seductive sentences often prompt comparison to the hard lyric twang of Cormac McCarthy's strings. Read full book review >
UNDER THE SKIN by James Carlos Blake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Different time period, but the message is still the same and as bleak as Peckinpah's: Even a world of thieves needs rules—and loyalty."
Blake makes a small leap from the grotesquely amusing Roaring Twenties' crime-spree scene in A World of Thieves (2002), switching to Depression-era Texas with a Tex-Mex cast. Read full book review >
RED GRASS RIVER by James Carlos Blake
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

Prohibition, bloodshed, rum-running, and gang wars by a master of historical detail and thunderous storytelling (In the Rogue Blood, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >

IN THE ROGUE BLOOD by James Carlos Blake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

Blake (The Pistoleer, 1995, etc.) again demonstrates his talent for mingling historical fact with fiction, in the case here of the Mexican War and the antebellum frontier. Brothers John and Edward Little return to their remote north Florida farm from a search for their runaway sister only to find their father on a murderous rampage. Read full book review >

THE PISTOLEER by James Carlos Blake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

First-novelist Blake makes excellent use of historical fact and legend to chronicle the life of John Wesley Hardin (1853-95), the most infamous mankiller in Texas history. Although Hardin was too young to be a soldier in the Civil War, he grew up an unreconstructed Confederate. Read full book review >