Giveaway: WAYFARING STRANGER by James Lee Burke

The good people at Simon & Schuster are letting me give away two copies of James Lee Burke’s new novel, Wayfaring Stranger, which comes out July 15. Here’s the book description from the author’s website:

wayfaring strangerFrom “America’s best novelist” (The Denver Post): A sprawling thriller drenched with atmosphere and intrigue that takes a young boy from a chance encounter with Bonnie and Clyde to the trenches of World War II and the oil fields along the Texas-Louisiana coast.

It is 1934 and the Depression is bearing down when 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 as Weldon puts a bullet through the rear window of Clyde’s stolen automobile.

Ten years later, Second Lieutenant Weldon Holland and his sergeant, Hershel Pine, escape certain death in the Battle of the Bulge and encounter a beautiful young woman named Rosita Lowenstein hiding in a deserted extermination camp. Eventually, Weldon and Rosita fall in love and marry and, with Hershel, return to Texas to seek their fortunes.

There, they enter the domain of jackals known as the oil business. They meet Roy Wiseheart—a former Marine aviator haunted with guilt for deserting his squadron leader over the South Pacific—and Roy’s wife Clara, a vicious anti-Semite who is determined to make Weldon and Rosita’s life a nightmare. It will be the frontier justice upheld by Weldon’s grandfather, Texas lawman Hackberry Holland, and the legendary antics of Bonnie and Clyde that shape Weldon’s plans for saving his family from the evil forces that lurk in peacetime America and threaten to destroy them all.

Want a copy? Enter by leaving a comment answering this question: If you could go back in time, with whom would you like to have a chance encounter?

Giveaway ends next Tuesday, July 8, at 9 p.m. PST. US addresses only. Winners will have 48 hours after being notified to claim the prize before alternate winners are chosen.



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    July 1, 2014 at 6:44 am

    Abraham Lincoln.

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    Jennifer Essad
    July 1, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    thinking about the famous people and writers, I’m going to say Mark Twain, his life was an adventure

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    Ashok Sadana
    July 1, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Alexander of Macedonia…but I’d need a translator too!

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    July 1, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Robin Hood. Going to go practice archery now!

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    July 1, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Mark Twain — I can’t imagine a conversation with him would be anything but informative and entertaining.

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

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    July 1, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Anne Frank

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    Patrick Murphy
    July 1, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Christopher Columbus

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    Anita Yancey
    July 6, 2014 at 10:24 am

    I would like to meet with Ben Franklin. I think it would be very interesting. Thanks for having the giveaway.

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    Rhonda H.
    July 7, 2014 at 11:24 am

    I am fascinated by Lincoln. I think it would be pretty great to meet him.

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