Another Kind of Eden

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Publisher Description

New York Times bestselling author James Lee Burke brings readers a captivating tale of justice, love, brutality, and mysticism set in the turbulent 1960s.

The American West in the early 1960s appears to be a pastoral paradise: golden wheat fields, mist-filled canyons, frolicking animals. Aspiring novelist Aaron Holland Broussard has observed it from the open door of a boxcar, riding the rails for both inspiration and odd jobs.
Jumping off in Denver, he finds work on a farm and meets Joanne McDuffy, an articulate and fierce college student and gifted painter. Their soul connection is immediate, but their romance is complicated by Joanne's involvement with a shady professor who is mixed up with a drug-addled cult. When a sinister businessman and his son who wield their influence through vicious cruelty set their sights on Aaron, drawing him into an investigation of grotesque murders, it is clear that this idyllic landscape harbors tremendous power-and evil. Followed by a mysterious shrouded figure who might not be human, Aaron will have to face down all these foes to save the life of the woman he loves and his own.

A prequel to James Lee Burke's masterful Holland family trilogy, Another Kind of Eden is both riveting and one of Burke's most ambitious works to date. It dismantles the myths of both the twentieth-century American West and the peace-and-love decade, excavating the beauty and idealism of the era to show the menace and chaos that lay simmering just beneath the surface.

GENRE
Crime & Thrillers
RELEASED
2021
19 August
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
256
Pages
PUBLISHER
Orion
SELLER
Hachette Australia Pty Ltd
SIZE
2.8
MB

Customer Reviews

rhitc ,

Not likely to win any new fans

3.5 stars

Author
American. Now over 80. Born in Houston. Grew up on the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast. Award winning mystery writer, principally a series involving dissolute bayou detective Dave Robicheaux. While genre fiction, his work has decidedly literary overtones. This is part of a series about the Broussard family from East Texas, although they can all be read standalone. The author’s daughter Alafair, a lawyer, is also a mystery novelist.

In brief
It’s 1962 when we meet Aaron Holland Broussard, age 26. After fighting in the Korean war, he studied journalism, and has submitted a novel to publishers. He’s now riding the rails out West, Colorado specifically, doing farm work while seeking material for his next book. There’s something of a Steinbeck vibe for a while, followed by a love interest, the arrival of hippies, and later the supernatural. Mr B lost me a bit at that stage. Yada, yada, the end.

Writing
Standard Burkean fare: evocative descriptive writing and a “good people dealing with evil” plot line. Hommage à Faulkner. This felt disjointed at times but came together well enough by the end. Not the author’s best work IMHO, although far from his worst.

Bottom line
Unlikely to win over any new fans for Mr B, not that he needs any.

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