Books by James Carlos Blake

THE HOUSE OF WOLFE by James Carlos Blake
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 3, 2015

"Slightly less violent and slower paced than Blake's last look at the Wolfe family (The Rules of Wolfe, 2013), this installment is an absorbing look at dire poverty, depravity and the all-too-successful business of kidnapping for profit."
Even for criminals, there's no such thing as a perfect plan. Read full book review >
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

"Sex and drawlin' dialogue that don't give a damn about real English, along with big whiffs of piney-fresh description, gusts of gunfire, and howling action like a night in a cathouse during a hurricane. (Author tour)"
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's assured prose, knowledge of history, and fast-paced story are definite pluses, but in its last third the complexities of the war and the redundancy of mind-numbing violence overwhelm the characters, finally rendering them rather absurd. (First printing of 25,000)"
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. Read full book review >
THE PISTOLEER by James Carlos Blake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Interspersed with legal documents, newspaper reports, and excerpts from Hardin's autobiography, this is more than fictional biography; it's also a fascinating and accurate revelation of the time, place, and people who settled a frontier."
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. Read full book review >