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James Carlos Blake was born in May, 1947 in Tampico, Mexico. The popular American writer received American citizenship by naturalization. James started writing inconsistently as a teen until in 1980 when he took writing seriously while living in Miami, Florida. In 1997, he quit teaching to concentrate on his writing career. He now specializes in novels, novellas and short stories, with several literary works under his belt. Apart from writing, James Carlos Blake has worked as a jail properties officer, mechanic, snake catcher, college instructor and a stint in the U.S Army.

Order of Wolfe Family Series

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1 Country of the Bad Wolfes 2012 Description / Buy
2 The Rules of Wolfe 2013 Description / Buy
3 The House of Wolfe 2015 Description / Buy
4 The Ways of Wolfe 2017 Description / Buy
5 The Bones of Wolfe 2020 Description / Buy

Order of James Carlos Blake Standalone Novels

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1 The Pistoleer 1995 Description / Buy
2 The Friends of Pancho Villa 1996 Description / Buy
3 In the Rogue Blood 1997 Description / Buy
4 Red Grass River 1998 Description / Buy
5 Wildwood Boys 2000 Description / Buy
6 A World of Thieves 2002 Description / Buy
7 Under the Skin 2003 Description / Buy
8 Handsome Harry 2004 Description / Buy
9 The Killings of Stanley Ketchel 2005 Description / Buy

Order of Akashic Noir Series

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1 San Francisco Noir ( By:) 2002 Description / Buy
2 Seattle Noir ( By: Curt Colbert) 2003 Description / Buy
3 Bronx Noir ( By: S J Rozan) 2003 Description / Buy
4 Brooklyn Noir ( By:) 2004 Description / Buy
5 D.C. Noir ( By: George Pelecanos) 2005 Description / Buy
6 Chicago Noir ( By: Neal Pollack) 2005 Description / Buy
7 Baltimore Noir ( By: Laura Lippman) 2006 Description / Buy
8 New Orleans Noir ( By: Laura Lippman, , Julie Smith, Ace Atkins, Barbara Hambly, , David Fulmer, Jervey Tervalon, , , , James Nolan) 2007 Description / Buy
9 Los Angeles Noir ( By: Christopher Rice) 2007 Description / Buy
10 Wall Street Noir ( By: Peter Spiegelman) 2007 Description / Buy
11 Havana Noir ( By:) 2007 Description / Buy
12 Detroit Noir ( By: P.J. Parrish) 2007 Description / Buy
13 D.C. Noir 2 ( By: George Pelecanos) 2008 Description / Buy
14 Queens Noir ( By: Jill Eisenstadt) 2008 Description / Buy
15 Las Vegas Noir ( By:) 2008 Description / Buy
16 Trinidad Noir ( By:) 2008 Description / Buy
17 Istanbul Noir ( By: Tarkan Barlas) 2008 Description / Buy
18 Paris Noir ( By: Aurélien Masson) 2008 Description / Buy
19 San Francisco Noir 2 ( By:) 2009 Description / Buy
20 Portland Noir ( By:) 2009 Description / Buy
21 Delhi Noir ( By:) 2009 Description / Buy
22 Phoenix Noir ( By: Diana Gabaldon) 2009 Description / Buy
23 Los Angeles Noir 2 ( By: Joseph Hansen, Raymond Chandler, James Ellroy, Ross Macdonald, Margaret Millar, James M. Cain, Walter Mosley, William Gault, Leigh Brackett, Naomi Hirahara, Chester Himes, Jervey Tervalon, , Denise Hamilton) 2010 Description / Buy
24 Mexico City Noir ( By: Paco Ignacio Taibo II) 2010 Description / Buy
25 Richmond Noir ( By: Tom De Haven, Clay McLeod Chapman) 2010 Description / Buy
26 Orange County Noir ( By: T. Jefferson Parker, Dick Lochte, Gary Phillips, Robert S. Levinson, , , , Gordon McAlpine, Nathan Walpow) 2010 Description / Buy
27 Indian Country Noir ( By: Sarah Cortez) 2010 Description / Buy
28 Moscow Noir ( By: Irina Denezhkina) 2010 Description / Buy
29 Philadelphia Noir ( By:) 2010 Description / Buy
30 Lone Star Noir ( By: Joe R. Lansdale) 2010 Description / Buy
31 Haiti Noir ( By: Edwidge Danticat) 2010 Description / Buy
32 Copenhagen Noir ( By: Gunnar Staalesen) 2010 Description / Buy
33 Pittsburgh Noir ( By:) 2011 Description / Buy
34 Barcelona Noir ( By:) 2011 Description / Buy
35 Cape Cod Noir ( By: Dana Cameron) 2011 Description / Buy
36 Kingston Noir ( By: Patricia Powell, , , , , Marlon James) 2012 Description / Buy
37 Venice Noir ( By: Michael Gregorio) 2012 Description / Buy
38 St. Petersburg Noir ( By: Pavel Krusanov) 2012 Description / Buy
39 Kansas City Noir ( By:) 2012 Description / Buy
40 Boston Noir 2 ( By:) 2012 Description / Buy
41 Staten Island Noir ( By: Bill Loehfelm) 2012 Description / Buy
42 New York City Noir: The Five Borough Set ( By: S J Rozan) 2012 Description / Buy
43 USA Noir ( By: Megan Abbott) 2013 Description / Buy
44 Haiti Noir 2 ( By: Edwidge Danticat) 2013 Description / Buy
45 Helsinki Noir ( By: James Thompson) 2014 Description / Buy
46 Prison Noir ( By: Joyce Carol Oates) 2014 Description / Buy
47 Tel Aviv Noir ( By:) 2014 Description / Buy
48 Providence Noir ( By: Amity Gaige, Ann Hood, Elizabeth Strout, Bruce DeSilva, Luanne Rice, , Marie Myung-Ok Lee, John Searles) 2015 Description / Buy
49 Chicago Noir: The Classics ( By: Joe Meno) 2015 Description / Buy
50 Zagreb Noir ( By: Nada Gaši?) 2015 Description / Buy
51 Buffalo Noir ( By:) 2015 Description / Buy
52 Marseille Noir ( By: Salim Hatubou) 2015 Description / Buy
53 Beirut Noir ( By: Abbas Beydoun) 2015 Description / Buy
54 Stockholm Noir ( By: Nathan Larson) 2016 Description / Buy
55 Rio Noir ( By:) 2016 Description / Buy
56 Brussels Noir ( By:) 2016 Description / Buy
57 Mississippi Noir ( By: Tom Franklin, Megan Abbott, Ace Atkins, Michael Farris Smith, , , , John M. Floyd, , , William Boyle, , , Michael Kardos, , , Chris Offutt) 2016 Description / Buy
58 St. Louis Noir ( By: Scott Phillips) 2016 Description / Buy
59 Prague Noir ( By:) 2016 Description / Buy
60 San Juan Noir ( By:) 2016 Description / Buy
61 Oakland Noir ( By:) 2017 Description / Buy
62 Atlanta Noir ( By: Tananarive Due, , Jennifer Harlow) 2017 Description / Buy
63 Montana Noir ( By: James Grady) 2017 Description / Buy
64 Buenos Aires Noir ( By: Ernesto Mallo) 2017 Description / Buy
65 São Paulo Noir ( By:) 2018 Description / Buy
66 Vancouver Noir ( By: Sam Wiebe) 2018 Description / Buy
67 Hong Kong Noir ( By:) 2018 Description / Buy
68 Amsterdam Noir ( By: Josh Pachter) 2019 Description / Buy
69 Houston Noir ( By:) 2019 Description / Buy
70 Milwaukee Noir ( By: Reed Farrel Coleman) 2019 Description / Buy
71 Nairobi Noir ( By:) 2020 Description / Buy
72 Alabama Noir ( By: Carolyn Haines, Tom Franklin, Ace Atkins, Winston Groom, , , Michelle Richmond) 2020 Description / Buy
73 Tampa Bay Noir ( By: Ace Atkins) 2020 Description / Buy
74 Addis Ababa Noir ( By: Maaza Mengiste) 2020 Description / Buy
75 Belgrade Noir ( By:) 2020 Description / Buy
76 Miami Noir ( With: Elmore Leonard, , Edna Buchanan, , , , Zora Neale Hurston, , Charles Willeford, T.J. MacGregor, Brett Halliday, Lester Dent, Christine Kling, , Carolina Garcia-Aguilera) 2020 Description / Buy
77 Accra Noir ( By:) 2020 Description / Buy
78 Speculative Los Angeles ( By: Duane Swierczynski, Stephen Blackmoore, , , Ben H. Winters, Charles Yu, , , Denise Hamilton, , S. Qiouyi Lu) 2021 Description / Buy
79 Paris Noir: The Suburbs ( By:) 2022 Description / Buy

Order of James Carlos Blake Short Story Collections

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1 Borderlands 1999 Description / Buy

James Carlos Blake Anthologies

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1 Miami Noir 2020 Description / Buy
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James Carlos came into the limelight in 1995 after his first novel, The Pistoleer. This novel detailed the life and heinous crimes of John Wesley Hardin, a notorious Texas bandit, in an exciting and breathtaking way. The novel was nominated for several awards and as a first novel, it was unbelievably impressive. In The Rogue Blood is another remarkable work by James Carlos as well as his only two contemporary books, The House of Wolfe and The Rules of Wolfe. He remains one of the most highly rated American authors of historical crime fiction alive.

James Carlos Blake Awards

Like most top authors, James Carlos has won several top awards throughout his illustrious writing career. His third book, In The Rogue Blood, published in 1997 won the renowned Los Angels Times Book Prize. In 1999, his two books, Borderlands and Red Grass River, won the South West Book Awards and Chautauqua South Book Awards respectively. Other notable awards won by James Carlos Blake include the Japan Adventure Fiction Prize in 2005 for A World Of Thieves and the prestigious Maltese Falcon Award won by his novel, Under The Skin in 2007. James Blake has through the years been recognized for many of his works including novellas and essays through nominations for many awards across the globe.

Best Jams Carlos Blake Books

James Carlos Blake has several remarkable novels under his name. However, the following three novels have received accolades from writers, critics and readers hence are arguably his best works.

In The Rogue Blood: This is James Blake’s third novel. In this powerful award winning book, James intriguingly tells us a bloody tale of the American-West in the 19th century. The book happens in 1845 and is a story of two brothers, John and Edward Little. Being offsprings of a whore mother and an alcoholic, homicidal and abusive father who is neither admirable nor trustworthy, they are driven into a crime that determines the course of their lives, patricide. After the sinful act, the brothers begin a trek from Florida to Texas in search of a peaceful home and to escape the law. They have to confront a more hostile environment filled with bandits, scalpings, lynchings and worse, a conflict between Mexico and the US towards the towns bordering Mexico. The brothers part ways and as one joins the US Army, the other one teams up with the Mexican forces. They not only end up fighting in the frontier against each other but also against the demons of their “rogue blood” and the need to escape justice. This book earned James an award in 1997 and received nominations for other awards.

Red Grass River: A Legend. In this novel, James Carlos skillfully takes readers through the lives and acts of racketeers, thieves, bandits and cops in an indecently humorous way. This is a story of John Ashley, chronicled before World War 1 through to the Prohibition Era in Everglades, Florida. James clearly brings up the captivating story of family loyalties and betrayed friendships in two characters, John Ashley and sheriff George Baker. John Ashley is a charming and ruthless character hellbent on leading the family gang consisting of natural-born outlaws and moonshiners. They are determined to kill, rob and carry out all sorts of criminal acts. While the two were once great friends, they are now sworn enemies on opposing sides. George Baker has a personal vendetta against the Ashleys, more specifically against John Ashley. This book has won two awards, the Chautauqua and the French Grand Prix Awards in 1999 and 2013 respectively.

The Killings of Stanley Ketchel: James Blake remains characteristically daring as ever. In this book, he brings out the true story of Stanley’s short life. The legendary ruthless middleweight boxing champion controlled the ring until he was murdered at the age of 24. Outside the ring, Stanley committed several murders and other despicable crimes. As James narrates, Stanley’s rage, violence and murderous passions are attributed to his violent upbringing having escaped from a loveless farm home at only 15 and his nostalgia for the Old West that he missed by just a decade.

When Does The Next James Carlos Blake book come out?

James Carlos Blake doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is The Bones of Wolfe and was released on July, 7th 2020. It is the newest book in the Wolfe Family Series.

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