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Publication Order of Christopher Marlowe Cobb Books

The Hot Country (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Star of Istanbul (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Empire of Night (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Paris in the Dark (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Alleys of Eden (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sun Dogs (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Countrymen of Bones (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
On Distant Ground (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wabash (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Deuce (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
They Whisper (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Deep Green Sea (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mr. Spaceman (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fair Warning (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hell (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Small Hotel (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Perfume River (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Late City (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Hemingway Valise (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tabloid Dreams (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Had a Good Time (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Severance (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Intercourse (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Best Small Fictions Books

The Best Small Fictions 2015 (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

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,Frederick Buechner) (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Listening for God, Vol. 2 (By: Anne Tyler,John Updike,Tobias Wolff,Gail Godwin,Kathleen Norris) (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Listening for God, Vol. 3 (By: Tillie Olsen,Wendell Berry,John Cheever,Louise Erdrich,Mary Gordon,Oscar Hijuelos) (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Listening For God, Vol. 4 (With: Allegra Goodman,Kent Haruf,Doris Betts) (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Anthology series. The author will have written at least one story in this series.

Publication Order of Bibliomysteries Books

The Book of Virtue (By: Ken Bruen) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pronghorns of the Third Reich (By: C.J. Box) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book Thing (By: Laura Lippman) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book Case (By: Nelson DeMille) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
An Acceptable Sacrifice (By: Jeffery Deaver) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Leaves a Bookmark (By: William Link) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Final Testament (By: Peter Blauner) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rides a Stranger (By: David Bell) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Long Sonata of the Dead (By: Andrew Taylor) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book of Ghosts (By: Reed Farrel Coleman) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Compendium of Srem (By: F. Paul Wilson) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
What's in a Name? (By: Thomas H. Cook) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Remaindered (By: Peter Lovesey) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sequel (By: R.L. Stine) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gospel of Sheba (By: Lyndsay Faye) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Nature of My Inheritance (By: Bradford Morrow) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
It's in the Book (By: Mickey Spillane) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Scroll (By: Anne Perry) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book of the Lion (By: Thomas Perry) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Little Men (By: Megan Abbott) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Condor in the Stacks (By: James Grady) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mystery, Inc. (By: Joyce Carol Oates) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Every Seven Years (By: Denise Mina) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
From the Queen (By: Carolyn Hart) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Travelling Companion (By: Ian Rankin) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Citadel (By: Stephen Hunter) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Reconciliation Day (By: Christopher Fowler) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dead Dames Don't Sing (By: John Harvey) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Haze (By: James W. Hall) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hoodoo Harry (By: Joe R. Lansdale) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Pretty Little Box (By: Charles Todd) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Seven Years (By: Peter Robinson) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hemingway Valise (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Last Honest Horse Thief (By: Michael Koryta) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository (By: John Connolly) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dark Door (By: Lisa Unger) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Chronological Order of Bibliomysteries Books

The Book of Virtue (By: Ken Bruen)(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Scroll (By: Anne Perry)(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pronghorns of the Third Reich (By: C.J. Box)(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
An Acceptable Sacrifice (By: Jeffery Deaver)(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Leaves a Bookmark (By: William Link)(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Seven Years (By: Peter Robinson)(2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book Thing (By: Laura Lippman)(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book of Ghosts (By: Reed Farrel Coleman)(2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Long Sonata of the Dead (By: Andrew Taylor)(2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Final Testament (By: Peter Blauner)(2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rides a Stranger (By: David Bell)(2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
What's in a Name? (By: Thomas H. Cook)(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
It's in the Book (By: Mickey Spillane)(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Nature of My Inheritance (By: Bradford Morrow)(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Remaindered (By: Peter Lovesey)(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Compendium of Srem (By: F. Paul Wilson)(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gospel of Sheba (By: Lyndsay Faye)(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sequel (By: R.L. Stine)(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book of the Lion (By: Thomas Perry)(2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Little Men (By: Megan Abbott)(2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
From the Queen (By: Carolyn Hart)(2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Every Seven Years (By: Denise Mina)(2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Citadel (By: Stephen Hunter)(2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Condor in the Stacks (By: James Grady)(2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mystery, Inc. (By: Joyce Carol Oates)(2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Travelling Companion (By: Ian Rankin)(2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Haze (By: James W. Hall)(2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dead Dames Don't Sing (By: John Harvey)(2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Reconciliation Day (By: Christopher Fowler)(2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hoodoo Harry (By: Joe R. Lansdale)(2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Pretty Little Box (By: Charles Todd)(2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository (By: John Connolly)(2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hemingway Valise(2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Last Honest Horse Thief (By: Michael Koryta)(2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book Case (By: Nelson DeMille)(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dark Door (By: Lisa Unger)(2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of New Stories From The South Books

New Stories from the South (By: Shannon Ravenel) (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
New Stories from the South 1992 (By: Shannon Ravenel) (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
New Stories from the South 1993 (By: Shannon Ravenel) (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
New Stories from the South 1994 (By: Shannon Ravenel) (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
New Stories from the South 1995 (By: Shannon Ravenel) (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
New Stories from the South 1996 (By: Shannon Ravenel) (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
New Stories from the South (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
New Stories from the South 1998 (By: Padgett Powell) (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
New Stories from the South 1999 (By: Tony Earley) (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
New Stories from the South 2000 (By: Ellen Douglas) (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
New Stories from the South 2001 (By: Lee Smith) (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
New Stories from the South 2002 (By: Larry Brown) (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
New Stories from the South 2003 (By: Roy Blount Jr.) (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
New Stories from the South 2004 (By: ) (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
New Stories from the South, 2005 (By: Jill McCorkle) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Best of the South (By: Shannon Ravenel) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
New Stories from the South: The Year's Best, 2006 (By: ) (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
New Stories from the South (By: ) (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
New Stories from the South 2008 (By: Z.Z. Packer) (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
New Stories from the South 2009 (By: Madison Smartt Bell) (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
New Stories from the South 2010 (By: ) (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

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

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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