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.
Three highly-acclaimed, inter-connected crime novels by Jim Sanderson's in one volume: SAFE DELIVERY, EL CAMINO DEL RIO and LA MORDIDA.
Jerri Johnson is a P.I. in San Antonio Texas who gets into trouble when her old lover is released from prison and pulls her into a gun-smuggling scheme.
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.
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"
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
He makes the gritty, thankless landscape of the border come alive, from the relentless heat to the failed hopes
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.