Please join us for a very special evening when Pulitzer Prize author Robert Olen Butler returns to Octavia Books to read from and sign his just released very first crime novel, THE HOT COUNTRY, an epic saga full of intrigue, romance and espionage set during the early stages of World War I.
When Christopher Marlowe Cobb (“Kit”), an American newspaper war correspondent, travels to Mexico in 1914, he expects to be covering some of the most news-worthy events of the decade: the country’s civil war, the American invasion of Vera Cruz, and the controversial presidency of Victoriano Huerta, El Chacal (The Jackal). Covering the war in enemy territory and sweltering heat, Cobb doesn’t expect to fall in love with Luisa, a beautiful young Mexican laundress, who is not as innocent as she seems…
Cobb soon witnesses a priest being skillfully shot dead in the cross he wears around his neck. Cobb employs a young pickpocket to help him find out the identity of the sniper and, more importantly, why important German officials are coming into the city in the middle of the night from ammunition ships docked in the port. The investigation will lead Cobb into the heart of war and behind hostile lines in an epic adventure novel. An action-packed chronicle of passion and war, Robert Olen Butler’s THE HOT COUNTRY is powerful thriller not to be missed from one of our most revered writers.
Robert Olen Butler is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of twelve novels, including Hell and A Small Hotel. He has twice won a National Magazine Award in Fiction and has received two Pushcart Prizes. He teaches creative writing at Florida State University. I hope you will consider a review or feature to coincide with the book’s release in October, and please do not hesitate to be in touch with any questions.
In "The Hot Country," Christopher Marlowe Cobb ("Kit"), the swashbuckling early 20th century American newspaper war correspondent travels to Mexico in April and May of 1914, during that country's civil war, the American invasion of Vera Cruz and the controversial presidency of Victoriano Huerta, El Chacal (The Jackal).