Biography

Robert Olen Butler

Robert Olen Butler is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of 16 novels, including A SMALL HOTEL, HELL and the Christopher Marlowe Cobb series. He is also the author of six short-story collections and a book on the creative process, FROM WHERE YOU DREAM. He has twice won a National Magazine Award for Fiction and received the 2013 F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Literature. He teaches creative writing at Florida State University.

Robert Olen Butler

Books by Robert Olen Butler

by Robert Olen Butler - Fiction

Robert Quinlan is a 70-year-old historian, teaching at Florida State University, where his wife Darla is also tenured. Their marriage, forged in the fervor of anti-Vietnam-war protests, now bears the fractures of time, both personal and historical. For Robert and Darla, the cracks remain under the surface, whereas the divisions in Robert’s own family are more apparent. He has almost no relationship with his brother, Jimmy. Their father, a veteran of WWII, is coming to the end of his life. And an unstable homeless man whom Robert at first takes to be a fellow Vietnam veteran turns out to have a deep impact not just on Robert, but on his entire family.

by Robert Olen Butler - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

In the latest installment of the Christopher Marlowe Cobb series, it is 1915, and Kit is now a full-blown spy in England, working undercover in a castle owned by a suspected British government mole, Sir Stockman. His mother, world-famous actress Isabel Cobb, is attempting to seduce Stockman as a spy, but finds herself falling in love with him. As Kit follows his mother and Stockman to Berlin, he must stay undercover under the very nose of the Kaiser.

by Robert Olen Butler - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

War correspondent and American spy Christopher Marlowe Cobb is charged with following German intellectual and possible covert SS agent Brauer onto the decks of the Lusitania. On board is gorgeous actress Selene Bourgani, who might be working with German intelligence. But as Cobb tracks Brauer and Bourgani from London to Istanbul (after the scurrilous U-Boat attack on the ship), he realizes that Bourgani’s intentions are more complicated than imagined.

by Robert Olen Butler - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

Christopher "Kit" Marlowe Cobb, a swashbuckling American war correspondent, travels to Veracruz in 1914 to cover the multi-sided civil war known as the Mexican Revolution. While simultaneously trying to uncover the identity of a sniper and discern the motives behind the mysterious maneuverings of German officials stationed in the city, he falls in love with a young Mexican laundress who is not as innocent as she seems.

by Robert Olen Butler - Fiction

Set in contemporary New Orleans but working its way back in time, A SMALL HOTEL chronicles the relationship between Michael and Kelly Hays, who have decided to separate after 24 years of marriage. Rather than go to court on the day they are to finalize their divorce, Kelly drives to the hotel where they fell in love some 25 years earlier, and where she now finds herself about to make a decision that will forever affect her.