The Jealous Kind

jealous kind cover image The Jealous Kind

by James Lee Burke
Simon & Schuster
Hardcover, 400 pages

Don’t be confused by the sexy cover of Burke’s marvelous new novel. Set in Houston in the early 1950’s, Burke’s provocative prose spins a compelling tale of the transition from teenager to manhood for Aaron Broussard and his peers. With hard hitting clarity and intense emotions, Burke uses the uncertainties of class warfare, random violence, new-found love, treachery, honor, family, and friendship to create a tension where the reader wants the pages to turn faster and faster. Rich with compelling characters and historical context, this is one of Burke’s best.