James Lee Burke & Every Cloak Rolled in Blood

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James Lee Burke’s Every Cloak Rolled in Blood is the current Hot Book of the Week at The Poisoned Pen. There are still some signed copies available through the Web Store. https://bit.ly/3Nkmzfp

Patrick Millikin from the bookstore admits it’s an honor to host Burke for a virtual event. Burke says he’s published forty novels and two collections, and he’s never changed. He’s still using material from the Bible. Every Cloak Rolled in Blood is a personal story, and Millikin and Burke talk about that in the event.

Here’s the summary of Every Cloak Rolled in Blood.

In his most autobiographical novel to date, James Lee Burke continues the epic Holland family saga with a writer grieving the death of his daughter while battling earthly and supernatural outlaws.

Novelist Aaron Holland Broussard is shattered when his daughter Fannie Mae dies suddenly. As he tries to honor her memory by saving two young men from a life of crime amid their opioid-ravaged community, he is drawn into a network of villainy that includes a violent former Klansman, a far-from-holy minister, a biker club posing as evangelicals, and a murderer who has been hiding in plain sight.

Aaron’s only ally is state police officer Ruby Spotted Horse, a no-nonsense woman who harbors some powerful secrets in her cellar. Despite the air of mystery surrounding her, Ruby is the only one Aaron can trust. That is, until the ghost of Fannie Mae shows up, guiding her father through a tangled web of the present and past and helping him vanquish his foes from both this world and the next.

Drawn from James Lee Burke’s own life experiences, Every Cloak Rolled in Blood is a devastating exploration of the nature of good and evil and a deeply moving story about the power of love and family.


James Lee Burke is a New York Times bestselling author, two-time winner of the Edgar Award, and the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts in Fiction. He has authored forty novels and two short story collections. He lives in Missoula, Montana.


Enjoy the conversation with one of our great authors, James Lee Burke.