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The Jealous Kind

(Holland Family Saga #2)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  3,549 ratings  ·  522 reviews
From New York Times bestselling author James Lee Burke—an atmospheric, coming-of-age story set in 1952 Texas, as the Korea War rages.

On its surface, life in Houston is as you would expect: drive-in restaurants, souped-up cars, jukeboxes, teenagers discovering their sexuality. But beneath the glitz and superficial normalcy, a class war has begun, and it is nothing like the
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published August 30th 2016 by Simon & Schuster
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Chelsea Humphrey
This is my first James Lee Burke novel and certainly won't be my last. I'm shocked I've made it this long without reading a book from "one of the greatest writers in the business" in our time. I always wanted to pick up one of his books, but kept putting it off until I won this one on a Goodreads Giveaway. Clearly this is marked as #2 in a series, but I found it completely manageable to read on it's own (or that could just be because I have no idea what I'm missing out on). The writing was solid ...more
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1950s, 2016, houston
3.75 Stars

The Jealous Kind is set in 1952 Houston, the story told through the eyes of Aaron Holland Broussard, older now as he reflects this time in his youth, but in 1952 Aaron was a 17 year old young man. A young man who still has a somewhat naïve vision of the world and people. He’s a nice young man, respectful, honest, a “good boy.” It’s the summer after his Junior year in High School, he’s borrowed his father’s car to drive to the beach where his high school “buds” on Galveston Beach.

Diane S ☔
Apr 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Houston area, 1952, is the setting for this end of the trilogy featuring the Holland family. AARON Holland falls for a young girl, Valerie and sets off a series of events, that soon find him embroiled n more trouble than one can shake a stick at. This is not the 1950's of the sitcom Happy Days, this is time and place that is filled with mobsters, murders and other undesirables including a teacher who wants nothing more than payback. It is a time of sexual awakening for Aaron but this yearnin ...more
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: public-library
Houston, Texas.  The year is 1952 and seventeen year old Aaron Broussard has just stepped into a big ol' pile of poop.  In trying to extricate himself, he manages to stumble into an even bigger pile.  The piles of doo-doo are figurative, of course.  He, along with his best friend, Saber, have offended the delicate sensibilities of some very scary people.  I'm talking mobsters and the like.  Trouble ensues. ...more
Larry H
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Through the years I've had the opportunity to read books by so many incredibly talented authors. I have "discovered" new authors I've never heard of and experienced the latest works of authors whose every book I've read. Of course, along the way, I've developed some favorites, but I'll tell you this: when he's at the top of his form, there is no one who writes like James Lee Burke. No one.

While Burke is best known for a few series of books, particularly those featuring Louisiana police detective
May 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3 1/2 stars. I had never given much thought to reading James Lee Burke until I started noticing some of my GR friends singing his praises and writing about his books as though they had fallen under a spell. So I jumped at the opportunity to read The Jealous Kind when it became available on Netgalley. And you certainly are a charmer JLB, although I'm not sure I started with your best book. Set in Texas in 1952, The Jealous Kind is told from 17 year old Aaron's perspective. He puts his nose in the ...more
A excellent tour of the coming of age by a 17 year old boy in Houston in 1952. This could be the one to help Burke escape getting pigeonholed as a genre writer, based on his success with a detective series set in Louisiana featuring Dave Robicheaux. I have always admired this good-hearted lawman who fights heroically against corruption and evil in the world while struggling with his own internal darkness borne out of his impoverished Cajun childhood, military service in Vietnam, past alcoholism, ...more
Andrew Smith
May 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Fans of Burke’s work will know that the Holland family have featured in novels dating back to the early 70’s. Generation of this clan have been tracked back to Sam Holland, who escaped from a prison in Louisiana in 1835 and fought at the Battle of San Jacinto a year later. His grandson was Hackberry Holland. He was a city marshal and a Texas Ranger who put the famous outlaw and gunslinger John Wesley Hardin in jail. In this book we meet Hackberry’s grandson, Aaron Holland Broussard. The year is ...more
JLB paints such great word pictures that it’s worth reading him just for that. This is a story about good guys and bad guys, many of them only about 17 years old, but it’s hardly a typical coming-of-age novel.

Our hero is Aaron Holland Broussard, remembering his youth in 1952. The locale is Houston, Texas, where teens hang out at hamburger drive-ins, get ice creams and watermelon to cool off, go fishing, and wait to finish high school.

That’s Aaron, but it’s not the kids from the other side of
May 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-books, mystery

It's not you. It's me.

Expectations were high for our first date, and though I recognized your talent I just didn't get butterflies.

I agreed to a second date, and hoped a more interesting venue -- Houston in the 1950's-- might light my fire. There's so much about you that I like -- you write intelligently without being a pompous snob, you create smoldering atmosphere, and you know how to write women. And yet..... I couldn't buy-in to the plot premise of the book. How it was that the situat
Cathrine ☯️
Jun 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Holland family fans or perhaps the Corleone family
Shelves: favorites, net-galley
A coming-of-age story Holland-family-style circa 1952.
A gospel of righteousness vs evil according to James Lee Burke. An alternative American Graffiti if you will with a cast of boys-to-men carrying chains, blades, and other assorted weapons. They do not fear death and eat their pain like ice cream, believing authority over others is an achievement and violence is proof of one’s bravery, no doubt the inspiration of future songs like Bad To The Bone. Some like to play miniature golf, the guitar
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, reviewed
This book, set in Houston in 1952, is one of a group of related books (not really a series) about the extended Holland family. In this book, jealousy is the initial catalyst for the problems of 17-year-old Aaron Holland Broussard and his best friend Saber Bledsoe, but from the time Aaron rescues Valerie Epstein from her jealous boyfriend the boys are plunged into a world of mobsters, molls, drug dealers, pedophiles, bad cops and particularly troublesome father/son relationships.

It is not necess
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The main characters in pretty much all of James Lee Burke’s novels suffer from a malfunction in the inhibitory capacity of their brains. Maybe they all have suffered trauma to their frontal lobes (perhaps a railroad tamping iron blown through their skulls e.g. Phineas Gage) because the filters that should stop them from blurting out in a socially unacceptable way work as well as the filters on a 20 year-old Florida air conditioner that have never been changed.

Burke’s newest novel, The Jealous K
May 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was actually my first James Lee Burke book. I've read several of his daughter's books, I've even met her. Sad, it's taken me this long to find him.

What a great book this was! This book was full of everything. Action, heart, love, nostalgia, evil, honesty, goodness, innocence, rebellion, the mob, I mean the list just goes on. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The fact that it was based in Houston also added to my appeal. While the time period was 40 years before I got here, it was kin
Craig Monson
Dec 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
James Lee Burke’s recent crime novel centers around two teenage boys growing up in early ’50s Houston and in an alternative (but no less real) America, worlds away from the nostalgic, halcyon ’50s America that some still determinedly claim encompassed true American greatness. But Aaron Holland Broussard and his sometime sidekick, Saber Bledsoe, are no Spin and Marty; the attractive Valerie Epstein (Aaron’s soon-to-be girlfriend) is definitely no Annette Funicello; and the world of gangs, class c ...more
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've only met a couple of 17 year old boys with clear thinking and solid judgement that are stable in their decision making. So add James Lee Burke's protagonist to that list. If you trust James Lee Burke like I do, you roll with it. One is not likely going to find in real life a 17 yr old boy that is an excellent detective but it works in this novel. Very quick and entertaining read that I would highly recommend for pure enjoyment, not necessarily for posterity. ...more
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
James Lee Burke writes the kind of novels that demand to be read more than once, and “The Jealous Kind” is a consummate example of that. I read his books the first time for the engrossing plot, the richness of his language, and the evocative descriptions of particular times and places. Subsequent readings provide me the opportunity to contemplate and reflect upon themes common to his books - the nature of evil, fear, jealousy, betrayal, and violence. This understanding of violence is further dee ...more
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
Nope not for me.....I am tired of the same old same old from this author.

So I will just follow Dave and Cleat in the core story line. No more Holland's in Montana or this Holland family nonsense in Texas.

Unfortunately JLB only has about 6 character types and they are same characters in every book, no matter the story line of novels and they are interacting with each other in the same way.

This is a great author and can do better....
The Jealous Kind is book two of the Holland Family Saga by James Lee Burke. Aaron Holland life was un-eventfull until he saves Valerie's life from her violent boyfriend. The readers of Jealous Kind will follow the changes and consequence for Aaron and Valerie due to that one eventful night on the beach. Also, the readers will follow the investigation of who killed Loren's cousin.

The Jealous Kind is the first book I read of James Lee Burke. I enjoy it but not sure I will read another book by Jam
Lance Carney
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Purported to be James Lee Burke's favorite book he has written, The Jealous Kind was a ninety degree turn from his Robicheaux novels. Set in 1950s Houston, it is very nostalgic and involves young love, punks and crime. I fell into the book and the time period and I'm glad I took a chance on it! ...more
Sep 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Burke tells a good story and really pulls you in. I did want to have all the plot lines untangled. That being said, the writing is sometimes overly heated and the plot all over the place. Neither Aaron or Valerie seems to be a 17-year-old. Aaron would appear to be trying to get a do-gooder Boy Scout patch at times. None of the parents strike me as being particularly reliable. Saber is the stereotypical friend from the wrong side of the tracks who gets sketchier and sketchier as the plot goes on. ...more
Jul 25, 2016 marked it as will-probably-not-finish
Shelves: arc
DNF at 25%.
This book really was not for me. I am certain it will appeal to other readers (just have a look at the other reviews for proof), but I did not enjoy this at all. I disliked the main character, the insta-love got on my nerves within a few pages and I couldn't even tell you what the book might be about. This combined with a style of writing that seems overwrought to me made me dread having to pick it up. So I stopped reading it.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a chance to read
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read every book James Lee Burke has written about his Dave Robicheaux character and most of his other works. I remember his Aaron Holland Broussard character in a couple of those books and he is an interesting character by far. I like how this book tells of the early beginnings of who Aaron will be and he is the stand up kind of guy James Lee Burke always writes about. In this story we learn of Aaron's first love and his indoctrination into manhood along with his lessons on life and how it is ...more
Michael Robotham
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the best from James Lee Burke. I'm growing to love his standalone, or 'flashback' novels more than the regular series. This one has some wonderful characters and a tremendous sense of place and history. ...more
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: burke, my-favorites
The Jealous Kind (Holland Family Saga, #2) by James Lee Burke.

When I think of authors who have co- authors listed on the cover of their books...I never think of J.L.B.
When I think of authors That have books that fade in substance...I never think of J.L.B.

When I think of authors that plagiarize from books in a bygone era...I never think of J.L.B.

I requested this book believing it was an addition to the Dave Robicheaux series that I hadn't read. It is not, but I am so appreciative of this author f
James Aura
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An excellent first person narrative from a teenager coming of age in early 1950's Houston. The Korean War and echos of the world wars serve as a distant backdrop for a young man's impetuous, sometimes dangerous pursuit of romance and justice.
I'll read more from James Lee Burke. I enjoy his writing style and wry turn of phrase.
Paul Pessolano
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
“The Jealous Kind” by James Lee Burke, published by Simon and Schuster.

Category – Mystery/Thriller Publication Date – August 30, 2016.

This is a little unusual because this is a stand alone novel by Burke, who in the past has written serials. After reading it, I really believe that it may be his best novel to date. Burke has become my favorite novelist due to his descriptive style of the surroundings of his novels and his portrayal of his characters. He also uses the language of the area in his b
Mark Stevens
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Waves “sliding over me as heavy as concrete.”

Jellyfish with “gossamer tentacles that could wrap around your neck or thighs like swarms of wet yellow jackets.”

And the beautiful Valerie Epstein’s shoulders “powdered” with sunburn.

James Lee Burke’s style is one of a kind. His metaphor-per-page rate has to be among the highest. He’s dishes them out with abandon. Prose goes down like a creamy milkshake.

The weather? The light? He’s always letting you know about the skies and the clouds and the sun and
Sep 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
James Lee Burke is probably my favorite author. He takes me places I've never been, and inspires us to visit places we might otherwise never go. He creates images that are vivid and compelling, so compelling that we have made two family trips based on prior books by JLB.

My first James Lee Burke was A Morning for Flamingos and it packed such a wallop I've never forgotten it. His descriptions are full of changing light and the way it strikes the leaves, changing in the winds; he describes billo
Bruce Hatton
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: us-crime
This is the second novel in a series telling the history of the United States in microcosm, through the lives of individuals in the Holland family. The story is set in Houston, Texas in the early 1950s; a city grown rich on oil, but like all southern cities, a deeply segregated one: not just between black and white, but also rich and poor. It is a time that slightly precedes the Space Race and Rock’N’Roll. However, the youth of Houston have no time for tuxedoed crooners like Sinatra, Crosby et a ...more
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James Lee Burke is an American author best known for his mysteries, particularly the Dave Robicheaux series. He has twice received the Edgar Award for Best Novel, for Black Cherry Blues in 1990 and Cimarron Rose in 1998.

Burke was born in Houston, Texas, but grew up on the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast. He attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the University of Missouri, receiv

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