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Wayfaring Stranger - A Novel

James Lee Burke

From "America's best novelist" (The Denver Post): A sprawling thriller drenched with atmosphere and intrigue that takes a young boy from a chance encounter with Bonnie and Clyde to the trenches of World War II and the oil fields along the Texas-Louisiana coast. It is 1934 and the Depression is bearing down when sixteen-year-old Weldon Avery Holland happens upon infamous criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow after one of their notorious armed robberies. A confrontation with the outlaws ends as Weldon puts a bullet through the rear window of Clyde's stolen automobile. Ten years later, Second Lieutenant Weldon Holland and his sergeant, Hershel Pine, escape certain death in the Battle of the Bulge and encounter a beautiful young woman named Rosita Lowenstein hiding in a deserted extermination camp. Eventually, Weldon and Rosita fall in love and marry and, with Hershel, return to Texas to seek their fortunes. There, they enter the domain of jackals known as the oil business. They meet Roy Wiseheart-a former Marine aviator haunted with guilt for deserting his squadron leader over the South Pacific-and Roy's wife Clara, a vicious anti-Semite who is determined to make Weldon and Rosita's life a nightmare. It will be the frontier justice upheld by Weldon's grandfather, Texas lawman Hackberry Holland, and the legendary antics of Bonnie and Clyde that shape Weldon's plans for saving his family from the evil forces that lurk in peacetime America and threaten to destroy them all.

From "America's best novelist" (The Denver Post): A sprawling thriller drenched with atmosphere and intrigue that takes a young boy from a chance encounter with Bonnie and Clyde to the trenches of World War II and the oil fields along the Texas-Louisiana coast. It is 1934 and the Depression is bearing down when sixteen-year-old Weldon Avery Holland happens upon infamous criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow after one of their notorious armed robberies. A confrontation with the outlaws ends as Weldon puts a bullet through the rear window of Clyde's stolen automobile. Ten years later, Second Lieutenant Weldon Holland and his sergeant, Hershel Pine, escape certain death in the Battle of the Bulge and encounter a beautiful young woman named Rosita Lowenstein hiding in a deserted extermination camp. Eventually, Weldon and Rosita fall in love and marry and, with Hershel, return to Texas to seek their fortunes. There, they enter the domain of jackals known as the oil business. They meet Roy Wiseheart-a former Marine aviator haunted with guilt for deserting his squadron leader over the South Pacific-and Roy's wife Clara, a vicious anti-Semite who is determined to make Weldon and Rosita's life a nightmare. It will be the frontier justice upheld by Weldon's grandfather, Texas lawman Hackberry Holland, and the legendary antics of Bonnie and Clyde that shape Weldon's plans for saving his family from the evil forces that lurk in peacetime America and threaten to destroy them all.
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From "America's best novelist" (The Denver Post): A sprawling thriller drenched with atmosphere and intrigue that takes a young boy from a chance encounter with Bonnie and Clyde to the trenches of World War II and the oil fields along the Texas-Louisiana coast. It is 1934 and the Depression is bearing down when sixteen-year-old Weldon Avery Holland happens upon infamous criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow after one of their notorious armed robberies. A confrontation with the outlaws ends as Weldon puts a bullet through the rear window of Clyde's stolen automobile. Ten years later, Second Lieutenant Weldon Holland and his sergeant, Hershel Pine, escape certain death in the Battle of the Bulge and encounter a beautiful young woman named Rosita Lowenstein hiding in a deserted extermination camp. Eventually, Weldon and Rosita fall in love and marry and, with Hershel, return to Texas to seek their fortunes. There, they enter the domain of jackals known as the oil business. They meet Roy Wiseheart-a former Marine aviator haunted with guilt for deserting his squadron leader over the South Pacific-and Roy's wife Clara, a vicious anti-Semite who is determined to make Weldon and Rosita's life a nightmare. It will be the frontier justice upheld by Weldon's grandfather, Texas lawman Hackberry Holland, and the legendary antics of Bonnie and Clyde that shape Weldon's plans for saving his family from the evil forces that lurk in peacetime America and threaten to destroy them all.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Will Patton

Length:

13h 6m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:59


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

48:38


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

17:25


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

14:14


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

18:29


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

13:55


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

21:29


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

16:15


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

18:24


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

25:28


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

24:27


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

27:32


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

24:16


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

27:28


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

27:19


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

27:18


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

34:21


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

22:59


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

24:33


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

25:45


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

32:33


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

32:06


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

22:11


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

24:36


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

31:17


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

25:41


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

17:55


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

28:14


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

26:27


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

24:54


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

21:57


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

29:44


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:29


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

01:38