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Sheriff Hackberry Holland patrols a small Southwest Texas border town with a deep and abiding respect for the citizens in his care. Still mourning the loss of his cherished wife and locked in a perilous almost-romance with his deputy, Pam Tibbs, a woman many decades his junior, Hackberry feeds off the deeds of evil men to keep his own demons at bay.

When alcoholic ex-boxer Danny Boy Lorca witnesses a man tortured to death in the desert and reports it, Hacks investigation leads to the home of Anton Ling, a regal, mysterious Chinese woman whom the locals refer to as La Magdalena and who is known for sheltering illegals. Ling denies having seen the victim or the perpetrators, but there is something in her steely demeanor and aristocratic beauty that compels Hackberry to return to her home again and again as the investigation unfolds. Could it be that the sheriff is so taken in by this creature who reminds him of his deceased wife that he would ignore the possibility that she is just as dangerous as the men she harbors?

The danger in the desert increases tenfold with the return of serial murderer Preacher Jack Collins, whom The New York Times called “one of Burkes most inspired villains.” Presumed dead at the close of Rain Gods, Preacher Jack has reemerged with a calm, single-minded zeal for killing that is more terrifying than the muzzle flash of his signature machine gun. But this time he and Sheriff Holland have a common enemy.

Praised by Joyce Carol Oates for “the luminosity of his writerly voice,” James Lee Burke returns with his most allegorical novel to date, illuminating vital issues of our time—immigration, energy, religious freedom—with the rich atmosphere and devastatingly flawed, authentic characters that readers have come to celebrate during the five decades of his brilliant career.

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James Lee Burke returns with his gorgeously crafted thirtieth novel, now in paperback—featuring the return of one of Burke’s most legendary villains, Preacher Jack Collins.

Sheriff Hackberry Holland patrols a small Southwest Texas border town, meting out punishment and delivering justice in his small square of this magnificent but lawless land. When a local drunk named Danny Boy Lorca begs to be locked up after witnessing a man tortured to death by a group of bandits, Hack and his deputy, Pam Tibbs, slowly extract the man’s gruesome tale. It becomes clear that the desert contains a multitude of criminals, including serial murderer Preacher Jack Collins (whom The New York Times called “one of Burke’s most inspired villains”).

     Holland’s investigation leads him to the home of Anton Ling, a mysterious Chinese woman whose steely demeanor and aristocratic beauty compels Hackberry to return to her home again and again as the investigation unfolds.

     James Lee Burke is at his engrossing and atmospheric best in this, his third Hack Holland novel, as Hackberry plumbs the depths of man’s inhumanity to man—from killers-for-hire to the U.S. government to the misguided souls in search of a better life.

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The critically acclaimed thirtieth entry from New York Times bestselling author James Lee Burke, featuring Texas Sheriff Hackberry Holland in an epic tale that is equal parts thriller, Western, and literary masterpiece.

Burke returns to the Texas border town setting of his bestseller Rain Gods, “a riveting novel [that evokes] past American greats, such as Steinbeck and Cain” (Lincoln Journal Star). Now, a monstrous killer presumed dead is very much alive…and Sheriff Hackberry Holland must fight for survival—his own, and that of the citizens he’s sworn to protect.

Still mourning the loss of his cherished wife and navigating an almost-romance with his decades-younger deputy, Pam Tibbs, Hackberry feeds off the deeds of evil men to keep his own demons at bay. When alcoholic ex-boxer Danny Boy Lorca witnesses a man tortured to death in the desert, Hack’s investigation leads him to Anton Ling, a regal, mysterious Chinese woman known for sheltering illegals. Ling denies having seen the victim or the perpetrators, but there is something in her steely demeanor and aristocratic beauty that seduces Hackberry into overlooking that she is just as dangerous as the men she harbors. Danger increases tenfold with the return of serial murderer Preacher Jack Collins, who has reemerged with a calm, single-minded zeal for killing more terrifying than the muzzle flash of his signature machine gun. But this time, he and Sheriff Holland may have a common enemy.

About the Author

James Lee Burke, a rare winner of two Edgar Awards, and named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, is the author of more than thirty previous novels and two collections of short stories, including such New York Times bestsellers as Light of the WorldCreole Belle, Swan Peak, The Tin Roof Blowdown, and Feast Day of Fools. He lives in Missoula, Montana.

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Cathleen Casey, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by Cathleen Casey)
Welcome to one of the best/top mystery writers! No one describes place better than James Lee Burke, whether it be New Orleans or a tiny border town in Southwest Texas as in Feast Day for Fools. And the characters, you'll never encounter such well-developed and three-dimensional people, especially in the mystery genre. The crimes are layered, complicated and deeply embedded in the history of his people and places. While riveting, you will pause and reread his glorious descriptions of the Bayou Teche and the stunning sunsets over the desolate land in Texas.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781451675337
Author:
Burke, James Lee
Publisher:
Pocket Books
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Suspense
Subject:
James Lee Burke, Burke, Hackberry, Holland, thriller, bestseller, bestselling, suspense, mystery, crime, fiction, novel, literary, Western
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20120331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.31 in

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"Synopsis" by , James Lee Burke returns with his gorgeously crafted thirtieth novel, now in paperback—featuring the return of one of Burke’s most legendary villains, Preacher Jack Collins.

Sheriff Hackberry Holland patrols a small Southwest Texas border town, meting out punishment and delivering justice in his small square of this magnificent but lawless land. When a local drunk named Danny Boy Lorca begs to be locked up after witnessing a man tortured to death by a group of bandits, Hack and his deputy, Pam Tibbs, slowly extract the man’s gruesome tale. It becomes clear that the desert contains a multitude of criminals, including serial murderer Preacher Jack Collins (whom The New York Times called “one of Burke’s most inspired villains”).

     Holland’s investigation leads him to the home of Anton Ling, a mysterious Chinese woman whose steely demeanor and aristocratic beauty compels Hackberry to return to her home again and again as the investigation unfolds.

     James Lee Burke is at his engrossing and atmospheric best in this, his third Hack Holland novel, as Hackberry plumbs the depths of man’s inhumanity to man—from killers-for-hire to the U.S. government to the misguided souls in search of a better life.

"Synopsis" by , The critically acclaimed thirtieth entry from New York Times bestselling author James Lee Burke, featuring Texas Sheriff Hackberry Holland in an epic tale that is equal parts thriller, Western, and literary masterpiece.

Burke returns to the Texas border town setting of his bestseller Rain Gods, “a riveting novel [that evokes] past American greats, such as Steinbeck and Cain” (Lincoln Journal Star). Now, a monstrous killer presumed dead is very much alive…and Sheriff Hackberry Holland must fight for survival—his own, and that of the citizens he’s sworn to protect.

Still mourning the loss of his cherished wife and navigating an almost-romance with his decades-younger deputy, Pam Tibbs, Hackberry feeds off the deeds of evil men to keep his own demons at bay. When alcoholic ex-boxer Danny Boy Lorca witnesses a man tortured to death in the desert, Hack’s investigation leads him to Anton Ling, a regal, mysterious Chinese woman known for sheltering illegals. Ling denies having seen the victim or the perpetrators, but there is something in her steely demeanor and aristocratic beauty that seduces Hackberry into overlooking that she is just as dangerous as the men she harbors. Danger increases tenfold with the return of serial murderer Preacher Jack Collins, who has reemerged with a calm, single-minded zeal for killing more terrifying than the muzzle flash of his signature machine gun. But this time, he and Sheriff Holland may have a common enemy.

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