Flags on the Bayou

Flags on the Bayou

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 20/07/2023
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In the fall of 1863, the Union Army controls the Mississippi River and much of Louisiana, as the Civil War rolls on.

Wade Lufkin is a man without a country or a cause - an idle spectator since New Orleans surrendered, he now paints at his uncle's plantation. That is until he finds an intriguing new subject...

Hannah Laveau is an enslaved woman who stands accused of everything from adultery to insurrection, from magic to murder. But all she wants is to find her missing son - and she will risk her life for it.

When Hannah goes on the run, she must dodge the calculating and merciless local constable and the slavecatchers that prowl the bayou as she flees through Louisiana, from the cottonmouth snakes and tree-lined swamps to the dingy saloons of New Orleans.

From 'the king of Southern noir' (Daily Mirror) comes a powerful and deeply moving Civil War thriller - a story of tragic acts of war, lost and desperate people, and love enduring through it all.


'James Lee Burke is the heavyweight champ, a great American novelist whose work, taken individually or as a whole, is unsurpassed' Michael Connelly

'A gorgeous prose stylist' Stephen King

'No argument: James Lee Burke is among the finest of all contemporary American novelists'Daily Mail

  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • ISBN: 9781398715509
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Weight: 536g
  • Dimensions: 236 x 162 x 32 mm

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Flags on the Bayou
Another gem from the master
Set in Louisiana midway through the American Civil War, Burke introduces us to a colourful band of characters, including: a beautiful enslaved woman who ma... READ MORE
Andrew Smith
Flags on the Bayou
Ways of War
“It’s meant to be a historical book, and it is meant to be about today. The same monsters are still out there.” James Lee Burke has recreated the hell ou... READ MORE
Michael Burke