The Jealous Kind by James Lee Burke

The Jealous Kind

By James Lee Burke

  • Release Date: 2016-08-30
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 76 Ratings
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New York Times bestseller and “the best fiction writer in the country” (Bill O’Reilly, New York Times bestselling author) James Lee Burke returns with a powerful novel in the Holland Family series, an atmospheric coming-of-age story set in 1950s Texas, as the specter of the Korean War looms.

On its surface, life in 1950s Houston is as you’d expect; stoic fathers, restless teens, drive-in movies, and souped-up Cadillacs. But underneath that surface lies a world shifting under high school junior Aaron Holland Broussard’s feet. The underlying class war between the haves and have nots is growing steadily, along with the menace of conflict overseas in Korea, providing a harrowing backdrop to his growth to manhood. But when Aaron spots the beautiful Valerie Epstein at a drive-in, he steps in when he sees her fighting with her boyfriend, Grady Harrelson. Aaron’s newfound confidence helps catch Valerie’s eye, and the two begin dating. Grady is a live wire though, and presents a looming problem for Aaron.

You will recall the feelings and inspirational power of your first love, and empathize with Aaron’s extraordinary challenges to protect himself and the ones he loves in “this dark, atmospheric story” (Publishers Weekly). The Jealous Kind illustrates how first loves, friendship, violence, and power can alter what traditional America means for the people trying to find their way in a changing world.


  • The jealous kind

    By Nina@310
    Love the author but not this book. Wound up skimming the last 150 pages. I could not take another page of "I'm going to get killed today" scenario. I lost total track of many of the bad guys because there was just too many of them. This book was not even close to being believable.
  • Burke at his best

    By Bossgolfer1
    James Lee Burke is a master story teller. Among the best books I have ever read.
  • Great story and historical recall

    By Buffalo Bayou
    A writer that never disappoints and gets better each jump out of the gate. This was my backyard growing up. The venue Mr. Burke describes is startlingly accurate.
  • Exceptional

    By Longhorn5555
    This man is an incredible writer.
  • Captivating & Mesmerizing

    By Lukester2012
    Burke's best. The plot is riveting and highly imaginative. Characters are deeply engaging and, complex and uncanny.
  • The jealous kind

    By CYM fan
    A masterpiece. Burke is a master who just gets better.