Nothing to Lose, 2013 TCU Press
Roger Jackson is a grouch. He drinks too much with the wrong sorts of people. He dislikes where he lives—Beaumont Texas, a small, humid southeast Texas town caught between a marsh and an impenetrable forest, between racial and social strife, between rival versions of Jesus. He dislikes his job—taking photos of cheating spouses. He dislikes his past. (He could have been a lawyer.) And now, he finds himself entangled in a crime.
Beaumont Examiner, Feb 20, 2013 "Southeast Texas readers will enjoy the story’s setting as well. Sanderson brings his audience right down the streets of modern Beaumont by making references to post-Hurricane Rita blue roofs, the Walmart Supercenter and the (former) Krispy Kreme donuts on Dowlen Road. Thick, steaming August air — mixed with rotten-egg and sour smells emitted by local industry — is among several familiar touchstones of Southeast Texas realism Sanderson includes."
Trashy Behavior, 2013 Lamar University Press
While these are linked stories, you can read them in any order, and all of the tales will grab your attention and keep you turning pages “Bankers”—the story featuring Gregory and his trouble delivering his boss’s car—won the KayCattrulla Award for Short Fiction presented by the Texas Institute of Letters for the best story by a Texan in 2012.
Dolph's Team (A Jerri Johnson/Dolph Martinez mystery), 2011 Inkbrush Press
Nearer James Lee Burke than Joe Lansdale, Sanderson's Dolph’s Team is part border-town mystery and part road trip, reminiscent of Lonesome Dove. Dolph's crew doesn't always follow the letter of the law in a world where pre-paid funerals are no joke. As Dolph says, "once you give up decency and honesty," you're on your own, and all of the beer-guzzling and bull-shooting won't protect his team from the harsh reality of modern Texas.
Jennifer Ravey, thepickygirl.com
Dolph's Team, about a group of aging friends from both sides of the law investigating the (seemingly) cut-and-dried murder of a friend, is the fourth Sanderson mystery. He's also an accomplished short story writer, and many of the characters in the new novel also appear both in his other mysteries and his most recent story collection “Faded Love.” A recurring theme is the almosts of life, or, as writer-turned-bug-exterminator Walter tells the reader: “the importance of what
Joe O'Connell, San Antonio Express and News, Jan. 29, 2012 full article
Faded Love, 2010 Inkbrush Press
Finalist for 2010 Jesse Jones award for best book of fiction about Texas or by a Texan, sponsored by Texas Institute of Letters
"Sanderson, who has carved out a 30-year career exploring human nature while publishing in the trenches of university and small literary presses, leaves us to ponder if all of the striving is worth it. Boone, the screenwriter, perhaps offers the book's definitive answer: 'He went for the beauty.' So does Sanderson in these well-crafted tales." Joe O'Connell, Austin American Statesman, Nov. 14, 2010
Some Ways of Writing/A Writers' Way: A Supplemental Guide to Writing for Composition and Sophomore Literature, 2007 Kendall/Hunt
Written for Lamar University's composition program
Nevin's History, A Novel of Texas, 2004 Texas Tech University Press
"A delightful and instructive panorama of South Texas's late nineteenth-and early twentieth-century past. . . .An epic, exciting story."--Tom Pilkington, Tarleton State University
Dolph Martinez/ Jerri Johnson Series
La Mordida, 2002 University of New Mexico Press
"Barren indeed. And dry. And murderous. West Texans will enjoy La Mordida."--West Texas Historical Association Yearbook
Safe Delivery, 2000 University of New Mexico Press
finalist for the Violet Crown Award, 2000
"Sanderson offers a unique view of love, border wars, bail jumping, and life in San Antonio . . . an intriguing mystery plot blended with a realistic and slightly racy love affair will convince readers that this novel is one worth reading and Sanderson's writing career is one worth following." --Review of Texas Books
El Camino Del Rio, 1998 University of New Mexico Press
Winner Frank Waters Award, 1997
"Makes the gritty, thankless landscape of the border come alive, from the relentless heat to the failed hopes."--Paul Skenazy, Washington Post Book World
A West Texas Soapbox, 1998 Texas A&M University Press
"'I shun father and mother and wife and brother, when my genius calls me. I would write on the lintels of the doorpost, Whim.' . . . I'm not sure if I got these slogans from Emerson or from Reebok athletic shoe commercials. Emerson wrote some convoluted essays but some great one-liners."—Jim Sanderson
Semi-Private Rooms, 1994 Pig Iron Press
Winner of the Kenneth Patchen Prize for fiction, 1992
Short Stories, Articles, and Essays in Lone Star: From the Red River to the Rio Grand-100 Years of Texas Literature, Texas Bound III, Concho River Review, Dark Horse, Phoebe, New Growth I & II, Houston Chronicle, Journal of American Culture, Amarillo Bay, Literature/Film Quarterly, High Plains Review, Pleiades, Early American Literature, North Atlantic Review, Portland Review, Chariton Review, New Mexico Humanities Review, descant, Sports Literate, Post Script, and others. He won the 2012 Kay Cattarulla sponsored by the Texas Institute of Letters for the best short story written by a Texan or about Texas for "Bankers," published in Descant.