Jim Sanderson

Jim Sanderson

Winner of the Frank Waters Southwest Writing Award, the Kenneth Patton Prize and the Texas Institute of Letters’  Kay Cattarulla Award

Jim Sanderson is the chair of the English and Modern Language Department at Lamar University and is the author of seven acclaimed novels, including El Camino del Rio and La Mordida, both featuring US Border Patrol Officer Dolph Martinez. 

His many other works include two award-winning collections of short stories: Semi-Private Rooms, which won the 1992 Kenneth Patton Prize, and Faded Love, which was nominated for Texas Institute of Letters’ 2010 Jesse Jones award for best book written about Texas or by a Texan

He’s such a versatile author that during the course of his career he has been characterized as a “working class, Texas writer,” a “rural Southwestern literary writer,” a “western writer,” and a “literary mystery writer.” We think “a great writer” pretty much sums him up and we’re proud to be publishing his Dolph Martinez crime novels.

 

Books by Jim Sanderson

La Mordida

La Mordida

The powerful sequel to EL CAMINO DEL RIO. U.S. Border Patrol Agent Dolph Martinez battles crime and corruption in empty desert borderlands of Texas and Mexico where "la mordida," the payoff, is a way of life.

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El Camino Del Rio

El Camino Del Rio

U.S. Border Patrol agent Dolph Martinez investigates a murder in a dusty, Texas town that pits him against enemies on both sides of border...and demons within himself in a story James Crumley hail as "richly imagined and terrifically realized"

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Reviews For Jim Sanderson

Jim Sanderson on Bill Crider 5.0

Sanderson is especially good at contrasting the clarity and austere natural beauty of the Chihuahuan desert with the murky, Orson Welles aura thae envelops human society there

The Dallas Morning News

Jim Sanderson on Bill Crider 5.0

He makes the gritty, thankless landscape of the border come alive, from the relentless heat to the failed hopes

The Washington Post

Jim Sanderson on Bill Crider 5.0

If Larry Brown and Raymond Chandler got together over a bottle of Wild Turkey, their literary baby would probably be something like Jim Sanderson...mixing southern grit with old school noir.

Texas Books In Review

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