Robert Olen Butler
Robert Olen Butler creates a world intrigue and espionage in his crime-fiction debut, The Hot Country (Grove/Atlantic, $25.00). A swashbuckling early-twentieth-century American newspaper war correspondent travels to Mexico in 1914, during that country’s civil war. There, he falls in love. When he witnesses the attempted murder of a priest, he employs a young pickpocket to help him find out the identity of the sniper. “Should attract devotees of espionage and historical fiction.” —Library Journal. Butler is the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of thirteen novels, including Hell and A Small Hotel. He is also the author of six short story collections and a book on the creative process, From Where You Dream.