Wayfaring Stranger: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Jul 15, 2014 - Fiction - 448 pages
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In his most ambitious work yet, New York Times bestseller James Lee Burke tells a classic American story through one man's unforgettable life—connecting a fateful encounter with Bonnie and Clyde to heroic acts at the Battle of the Bulge and finally to the high-stakes gambles and cutthroat players who ushered in the dawn of the American oil industry.

In 1934, sixteen-year-old Weldon Avery Holland happens upon infamous criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow after one of their notorious armed robberies. A confrontation with the outlaws ends with Weldon firing a gun and being unsure whether it hit its mark.

Ten years later, Second Lieutenant Weldon Holland barely survives the Battle of the Bulge, in the process saving the lives of his sergeant, Hershel Pine, and a young Spanish prisoner of war, Rosita Lowenstein—a woman who holds the same romantic power over him as the strawberry blonde Bonnie Parker, and is equally mysterious. The three return to Texas where Weldon and Hershel get in on the ground floor of the nascent oil business.

In just a few years’ time Weldon will spar with the jackals of the industry, rub shoulders with dangerous men, and win and lose fortunes twice over. But it is the prospect of losing his one true love that will spur his most reckless, courageous act yet—one that takes its inspiration from that encounter long ago with the outlaws of his youth.

A tender love story and pulse-pounding thriller that crosses continents and decades of American history, Wayfaring Stranger “is a sprawling historical epic full of courage and loyalty and optimism and good-heartedness that reads like an ode to the American Dream” (Benjamin Percy, Poets & Writers).
 

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User Review  - mikedraper - LibraryThing

In a departure from his Dave Robicheau detective series, James Lee Burke brings his readers a riveting historical novel. Weldon Holland's life is described in a manner that parallels many important ... Read full review

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User Review  - Beamis12 - LibraryThing

It is hard for me to describe to someone who has never read this author before, just how brilliantly he writes, how tightly constructed is this novel. He is truly a cut above the rest. From the ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
25
Section 3
35
Section 4
43
Section 5
53
Section 6
61
Section 7
73
Section 8
83
Section 19
241
Section 20
255
Section 21
273
Section 22
291
Section 23
303
Section 24
317
Section 25
335
Section 26
349

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
121
Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
181
Section 16
197
Section 17
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Section 18
227
Section 27
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Section 28
375
Section 29
389
Section 30
403
Section 31
415
Section 32
431
Section 33
435
Section 34
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About the author (2014)

James Lee Burke, a rare winner of two Edgar Awards, and named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, is the author of more than thirty previous novels and two collections of short stories, including such New York Times bestsellers as Light of the WorldCreole Belle, Swan Peak, The Tin Roof Blowdown, and Feast Day of Fools. He lives in Missoula, Montana.

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