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Publication Order of Best Small Fictions Books

The Best Small Fictions 2015 (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Bibliomysteries Books

The Book of Virtue (By: Ken Bruen) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pronghorns of the Third Reich (By: C.J. Box) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book Thing (By: Laura Lippman) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book Case (By: Nelson DeMille) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Acceptable Sacrifice (By: Jeffery Deaver) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Leaves a Bookmark (By: William Link) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Final Testament (By: Peter Blauner) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rides a Stranger (By: David Bell) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Long Sonata of the Dead (By: Andrew Taylor) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book of Ghosts (By: Reed Farrel Coleman) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Compendium of Srem (By: F. Paul Wilson) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
What's in a Name? (By: Thomas H. Cook) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Remaindered (By: Peter Lovesey) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sequel (By: R.L. Stine) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gospel of Sheba (By: Lyndsay Faye) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Book Club (By: Loren D. Estleman) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Nature of My Inheritance (By: Bradford Morrow) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
It's in the Book (By: Max Allan Collins,Mickey Spillane) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Scroll (By: Anne Perry) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book of the Lion (By: Thomas Perry) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Little Men (By: Megan Abbott) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Condor in the Stacks (By: James Grady) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mystery, Inc. (By: Joyce Carol Oates) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Every Seven Years (By: Denise Mina) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
From the Queen (By: Carolyn Hart) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
From the Queen (By: Carolyn Hart) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Travelling Companion (By: Ian Rankin) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Citadel (By: Stephen Hunter) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Reconciliation Day (By: Christopher Fowler) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Dames Don't Sing (By: John Harvey) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Haze (By: James W. Hall) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hoodoo Harry (By: Joe R. Lansdale) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pretty Little Box (By: Charles Todd) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seven Years (By: Peter Robinson) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hemingway Valise (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Honest Horse Thief (By: Michael Koryta) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository (By: John Connolly) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Girl Who Did Say No (By: David Handler) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Traitor (By: Martin Edwards) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dark Door (By: Lisa Unger) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Honeymoon Trap (By: Peter Swanson) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Chronological Order of Bibliomysteries Books

The Book of Virtue (By: Ken Bruen)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Scroll (By: Anne Perry)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pronghorns of the Third Reich (By: C.J. Box)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Acceptable Sacrifice (By: Jeffery Deaver)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Leaves a Bookmark (By: William Link)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seven Years (By: Peter Robinson)(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book Thing (By: Laura Lippman)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book of Ghosts (By: Reed Farrel Coleman)(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Book Club (By: Loren D. Estleman)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Long Sonata of the Dead (By: Andrew Taylor)(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Final Testament (By: Peter Blauner)(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rides a Stranger (By: David Bell)(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
What's in a Name? (By: Thomas H. Cook)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
It's in the Book (By: Max Allan Collins,Mickey Spillane)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Nature of My Inheritance (By: Bradford Morrow)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Remaindered (By: Peter Lovesey)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Compendium of Srem (By: F. Paul Wilson)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gospel of Sheba (By: Lyndsay Faye)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sequel (By: R.L. Stine)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book of the Lion (By: Thomas Perry)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Little Men (By: Megan Abbott)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
From the Queen (By: Carolyn Hart)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Every Seven Years (By: Denise Mina)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Citadel (By: Stephen Hunter)(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Condor in the Stacks (By: James Grady)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mystery, Inc. (By: Joyce Carol Oates)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Travelling Companion (By: Ian Rankin)(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Haze (By: James W. Hall)(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Dames Don't Sing (By: John Harvey)(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Reconciliation Day (By: Christopher Fowler)(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hoodoo Harry (By: Joe R. Lansdale)(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pretty Little Box (By: Charles Todd)(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository (By: John Connolly)(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hemingway Valise(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Honest Horse Thief (By: Michael Koryta)(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book Case (By: Nelson DeMille)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
From the Queen (By: Carolyn Hart)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Girl Who Did Say No (By: David Handler)(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Traitor (By: Martin Edwards)(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dark Door (By: Lisa Unger)(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Honeymoon Trap (By: Peter Swanson)(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Christopher Marlowe Cobb Books

The Hot Country (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Star of Istanbul (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Empire of Night (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Paris in the Dark (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of New Stories From The South Books

New Stories from the South (By: Shannon Ravenel) (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Stories from the South 1992 (By: Shannon Ravenel) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Stories from the South 1993 (By: Shannon Ravenel) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Stories from the South 1994 (By: Shannon Ravenel) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Stories from the South 1995 (By: Shannon Ravenel) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Stories from the South 1996 (By: Shannon Ravenel) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Stories from the South 1997 (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Stories from the South 1998 (By: Padgett Powell) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Stories from the South 1999 (By: Tony Earley) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Stories from the South 2000 (By: Ellen Douglas) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Stories from the South 2001 (By: Lee Smith) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Stories from the South 2002 (By: Larry Brown) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Stories from the South 2003 (By: Roy Blount Jr.) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Stories from the South 2004 (By: Allan Gurganus) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Stories from the South, 2005 (By: Jill McCorkle) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Best of the South: From the Second Decade of New Stories from the South (By: Shannon Ravenel) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Stories from the South 2006 (By: Allan Gurganus,Kathy Pories) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Stories from the South 2007 (By: Allan Gurganus) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Stories from the South 2008 (By: Z.Z. Packer) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Stories from the South 2009 (By: Madison Smartt Bell) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Stories from the South 2010 (By: ) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Hemingway Valise (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tabloid Dreams (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Had a Good Time (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Severance (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Intercourse (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Contemporary Literature and the Life of Faith Books

Listening for God Reader, Vol. 1 (By: Flannery O'Connor,Raymond Carver,Alice Walker,Garrison Keillor,Annie Dillard,Richard Rodríguez,Patricia Hampl,Peter Hawkins,Frederick Buechner,Paula J. Carlson,Peter S. Hawkins) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Listening for God, Vol. 2 (By: Anne Tyler,John Updike,Tobias Wolff,Gail Godwin,Henry Louis Gates Jr.,Kathleen Norris,Paula J. Carlson,Peter S. Hawkins,Carol Bly,Andrew Dubus) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Listening for God, Vol. 3 (By: Tillie Olsen,Wendell Berry,John Cheever,Louise Erdrich,Mary Gordon,Tess Gallagher,Reynolds Price,Oscar Hijuelos,Paula J. Carlson,Peter S. Hawkins) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Listening For God, Vol. 4 (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Best American Short Stories 1991(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Short Stories 1994(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Year's Best Fantasy & Horror: Tenth Annual Collection(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Erotica 1996(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Good Parts(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Listening For God, Vol. 4(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Very Southern Christmas: Holiday Stories from the South's Best Writers(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Eloquent Short Story: An Anthology of Narrative Styles(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Future Dictionary of America(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The 2004 Robert Olen Butler Prize Stories(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Verb, An Audioquarterly, Volume 1, No. 1(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The 2005 Robert Olen Butler Prize Stories(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The 2007 Robert Olen Butler Prize Stories(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Selected Shorts: Wartime Lives(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The New Granta Book of the American Short Story(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The 2008 Robert Olen Butler Prize Stories(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The 2009 Robert Olen Butler Prize Stories(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Astoria to Zion(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
In Sunlight or In Shadow(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Peace Fiction(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Robert Olen Butler is an American author that is best known for his collection of short stories from 1993 that won him the Pulitzer Prize.

Robert Olen Butler was born in 1945 in Granite City, Illinois to an executive secretary and an actor. A former student of Northwestern University from where he initially studied theater before finally settling for Playwriting (University of Iowa), one of Butler’s most memorable experiences were the years he spent in Vietnam during the war.

The author’s educational objectives initially kept him out of the war. But once he got his Master’s Degree, he lost his student deferment. So he was deployed to Vietnam in 1969, working primarily with the counter-intelligence department.

His contribution to the war effort, not only as a translator but also the work he did once he was promoted to Sergeant, saw Robert Olen Butler earn a Tu Do Chinh Kien prize (Vietnam Veterans of America).

Butler’s comments about Vietnam were always positive. He described the people as being warm and welcoming. He also loved the culture and the traditions he encountered, and a number of the stories he went on to tell where inspired by his time in Vietnam.

Of course, like most veterans, Butler’s life after the war was quite complicated. He struggled to find a place he could call home, initially finding work as a steel mill laborer and proceeding to dabble in a few other fields before finally becoming a substitute teacher.

His future only began to take shape once he entered the publishing industry. He landed a position with Fairchild Publications which allowed him to work on the staffs of various trade publications.

It was while he worked for Fairchild that Butler began writing novels. He primarily wrote by hand using pen and paper. He had a daily commute on the Long Island Rail Road which gave him plenty of time to write.

His first novel (The Alleys of Eden) wasn’t the hit he hoped it would be. Nearly two dozen publishers turned it down. The experience did nothing to encourage Robert Olen Butler who had already written five horrible novels before ‘The Alleys of Eden’.

The story ‘The Alleys of Eden’ told followed an American soldier who was deployed to Vietnam, deserted his unit and decided to stay in the country. The story would have never seen the light of day if it wasn’t for ‘Horizon Press’ which came in and finally published Butler’s novel in 1981.

The development was all the push the author needed to write even more books. Over the years, Butler became quite the controversial figure. No one could ever truly peg him down because he wouldn’t stop changing and experimenting.

Each novel he wrote presented a side of the author that no one had ever seen. Books like ‘Sun Dogs’ were praised for their powerful moments but also criticized for being slow-paced and sorely lacking in momentum.

For every positive remark that Robert Olen Butler drew out of a critic, you would find another chastising him for his literary choices. Butler never wrote a book that didn’t divide audiences.

And when he wasn’t publishing novels, his short stories were making appearances in publications like ‘The Boston Globe’ and the ‘San Francisco Chronicle’.

Over the course of his long career, Butler has published multiple volumes of short stories. He has also written essays and lectures exploring the creative process. There are people who have had the pleasure of attending his creative writing classes at Florida State University.

It has been suggested that the author’s disparate approach to writing is the result of his extensive traveling. When Butler won the Pulitzer Prize in the early 1990s, he became a literary envoy of sorts.

The role saw him travel to a multitude of countries all over the world, sometimes teaching in Universities, other times congregating with writers in the places he visited. The experience allowed the author to learn as much as he taught.

He also felt compelled to keep experimenting, to keep pushing the boundaries of his stories. Some critics believe that the author’s most powerful tool is his straightforward approach to writing.

According to Butler, his training as a theater student heavily influenced his approach to writing. He spends a lot of time inhabiting the lives and mindsets of the characters he creates in the hopes of accurately bringing their personalities to life.

It is worth mentioning that while Butler accepts the praises and criticisms of people who say that he keeps reinventing himself with each novel and short story, those particular transformations in his writing are not always intentional. A lot of times, Butler just goes where his mind leads. The process is spontaneous.

On the personal front, Robert Olen Butler has been married five times. Four of his marriages ended in divorce. His marriage to Elizabeth Dewberry, a playwright, was the most controversial.

Following their divorce, Butler made a point to inform all his students and colleagues (Florida State University) in an email that their marriage had dissolved. The aspect that stuck out and which eventually snuck its way into major publications like The New York Times was the author’s insistence that Elizabeth had left him for Ted Turner, the communications tycoon.

+The Hot Country
Christopher Marlow Cobb is a renowned American reporter in the 20th Century with a reputation for corresponding from dangerous places. Cobb goes to Mexico just as the country groans under the weight of Civil Unrest.

American forces have invaded Vera Cruz in the wake of President Victoriano Huerta’s controversial presidency. The fact that Cobb has fallen in love with a local girl is the least of his worries.

A sniper that shot a priest almost killed Cobb. And now he wants to know how the man is connected to the German officials coming into the city.

+The Star of Istanbul
WWI is here. The Germans and the Turks are determined to wipe the British Empire off the face of the world, and President Woodrow Wilson isn’t so certain that he wants to take the country into the conflict.

Christopher Marlow Cobb is part war correspondent and part spy, and he has boarded the Ship Lusitania to find a man with critical information relating to the war. Cobb becomes smitten with a famed actress he stumbles across who, it turns out, isn’t quite what she appears to be.

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