Robert Olen Butler is an American author who is one of the most decorated living authors today. He was recognized in 1993 for his book A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain and that book won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. He was also a recipient of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Literature as well as the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Butler is a Vietnam war veteran and was given the Tu Do Chinh Kien Award given by the Vietnam Veterans of America for “outstanding contributions to American culture by a Vietnam veteran.” Butler currently lives with his wife, the poet Kelly Lee Butler, in Florida.

Publication Order of Christopher Marlowe Cobb Books

The Hot Country (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Star of Istanbul (2013)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Empire of Night (2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Paris in the Dark (2018)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Alleys of Eden (1981)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sun Dogs (1982)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Countrymen of Bones (1983)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
On Distant Ground (1985)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Wabash (1987)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Deuce (1989)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
They Whisper (1994)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Deep Green Sea (1998)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mr. Spaceman (2000)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Fair Warning (2002)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hell (2009)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Small Hotel (2011)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Perfume River (2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Hemingway Valise (2018)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain (1992)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Tabloid Dreams (1996)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Had a Good Time (2004)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Severance (2006)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Intercourse (2008)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction (2005)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Best Small Fictions Books

The Best Small Fictions 2015 (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Bibliomysteries Books

(with C.J. Box, John Connolly, Stephen Hunter, Anne Perry, Charles Todd, Ian Rankin, Jeffery Deaver, Joe Lansdale, Reed Farrel Coleman, Laura Lippman, Michael Koryta, R.L. Stine, Nelson DeMille, Peter Robinson, Thomas Perry, Denise Mina, Loren D. Estleman, Thomas H. Cook, John Harvey, James Grady, Max Allan Collins, Joyce Carol Oates, James W Hall, Megan Abbott, Mickey Spillane, Christopher Fowler, F. Paul Wilson, Peter Lovesey, William Link, Lyndsay Faye, Ken Bruen, Bradford Morrow, Carolyn Hart, Peter Blauner, Andrew Taylor)

The Book of Ghosts (By:Reed Farrel Coleman) (2011)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Pronghorns of the Third Reich (By:C.J. Box) (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Book Thing (By:Laura Lippman) (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Book of Virtue (By:Ken Bruen) (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Book Case (By:Nelson DeMille) (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
An Acceptable Sacrifice (By:Jeffery Deaver) (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death Leaves a Bookmark (By:William Link) (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Final Testament (By:Peter Blauner) (2013)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Rides a Stranger (By:) (2013)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Long Sonata of the Dead (By:Andrew Taylor) (2013)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
What's in a Name? (By:Thomas H. Cook) (2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Remaindered (By:Peter Lovesey) (2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Sequel (By:R.L. Stine) (2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Gospel of Sheba (By:Lyndsay Faye) (2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Nature of My Inheritance (By:Bradford Morrow) (2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Compendium of Srem (By:F. Paul Wilson) (2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Book Club (By:Loren D. Estleman) (2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
It's in the Book (By:Mickey Spillane) (2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Scroll (By:Anne Perry) (2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Book of the Lion (By:Thomas Perry) (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Little Men (By:Megan Abbott) (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Condor in the Stacks (By:James Grady) (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mystery, Inc. (By:Joyce Carol Oates) (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Every Seven Years (By:Denise Mina) (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
From the Queen (By:Carolyn Hart) (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Travelling Companion (By:Ian Rankin) (2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Citadel (By:Stephen Hunter) (2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Reconciliation Day (By:Christopher Fowler) (2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dead Dames Don't Sing (By:John Harvey) (2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Haze (By:James W Hall) (2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hoodoo Harry (By:Joe Lansdale) (2017)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Pretty Little Box (By:Charles Todd) (2018)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Seven Years (By:Peter Robinson) (2018)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Hemingway Valise (2018)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Last Honest Horse Thief (By:Michael Koryta) (2018)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository (By:John Connolly) (2018)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Chronological Order of Bibliomysteries Books

(with C.J. Box, John Connolly, Stephen Hunter, Anne Perry, Charles Todd, Ian Rankin, Jeffery Deaver, Joe Lansdale, Reed Farrel Coleman, Laura Lippman, Michael Koryta, R.L. Stine, Nelson DeMille, Peter Robinson, Thomas Perry, Denise Mina, Loren D. Estleman, Thomas H. Cook, John Harvey, James Grady, Max Allan Collins, Joyce Carol Oates, James W Hall, Megan Abbott, Mickey Spillane, Christopher Fowler, F. Paul Wilson, Peter Lovesey, William Link, Lyndsay Faye, Ken Bruen, Bradford Morrow, Carolyn Hart, Peter Blauner, Andrew Taylor)

The Book of Virtue (By:Ken Bruen)(2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Scroll (By:Anne Perry)(2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Pronghorns of the Third Reich (By:C.J. Box)(2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
An Acceptable Sacrifice (By:Jeffery Deaver)(2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death Leaves a Bookmark (By:William Link)(2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Seven Years (By:Peter Robinson)(2018)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Book Thing (By:Laura Lippman)(2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Book of Ghosts (By:Reed Farrel Coleman)(2011)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Book Club (By:Loren D. Estleman)(2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Long Sonata of the Dead (By:Andrew Taylor)(2013)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Final Testament (By:Peter Blauner)(2013)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Rides a Stranger (By:)(2013)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
What's in a Name? (By:Thomas H. Cook)(2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
It's in the Book (By:Mickey Spillane)(2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Nature of My Inheritance (By:Bradford Morrow)(2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Remaindered (By:Peter Lovesey)(2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Compendium of Srem (By:F. Paul Wilson)(2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Gospel of Sheba (By:Lyndsay Faye)(2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Sequel (By:R.L. Stine)(2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Book of the Lion (By:Thomas Perry)(2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Little Men (By:Megan Abbott)(2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
From the Queen (By:Carolyn Hart)(2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Every Seven Years (By:Denise Mina)(2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Citadel (By:Stephen Hunter)(2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Condor in the Stacks (By:James Grady)(2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mystery, Inc. (By:Joyce Carol Oates)(2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Travelling Companion (By:Ian Rankin)(2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Haze (By:James W Hall)(2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dead Dames Don't Sing (By:John Harvey)(2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Reconciliation Day (By:Christopher Fowler)(2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hoodoo Harry (By:Joe Lansdale)(2017)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Pretty Little Box (By:Charles Todd)(2018)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository (By:John Connolly)(2018)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Hemingway Valise(2018)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Last Honest Horse Thief (By:Michael Koryta)(2018)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Book Case (By:Nelson DeMille)(2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Future Dictionary of America(2004)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The 2004 Robert Olen Butler Prize Stories(2005)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Verb, An Audioquarterly, Volume 1, No. 1(2005)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The 2005 Robert Olen Butler Prize Stories(2006)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The 2007 Robert Olen Butler Prize Stories(2007)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Selected Shorts: Wartime Lives(2007)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The 2008 Robert Olen Butler Prize Stories(2008)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The 2009 Robert Olen Butler Prize Stories(2011)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
In Sunlight or In Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper(2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

If You Like Robert Olen Butler Books, You’ll Love…

A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain is arguably Butler’s most popular and best work. The book focuses on the stories of the aftermath of the Vietnam War and the impact that it had on the Vietnamese. This book focuses on the viewpoint of a group of Vietnamese who have been transplanted to Louisiana. The book blends the powerful stories of the Vietnamese with contemporary American realities. It’s easy to see why this book was such a phenomenon and was highly decorated.

Butler is also the author of the Christopher Marlowe Cobb series and the first book in that series is called The Hot Country. The book introduces us to the title character in 1914 as the American newspaper journalist is headed to Mexico to cover the Civil War ongoing there. Cobb is working on a story about a priest whose attempted assassination was thwarted by a bullet bouncing off his cross, but his investigation leads him to a far bigger story: Germans coming into the city at the dawn of World War I.

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