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“America’s best novelist” (The Denver Post ) brings back one of his most fascinating characters— Texas sheriff Hackberry Holland, cousin to lawman Billy Bob Holland—in this heart-pounding bestseller.

In a heat-cracked border town, the bodies of nine illegal aliens—women and girls, killed execution-style—are unearthed in a shallow grave. Haunted by a past he can’t shake and his own private demons, Hack attempts to untangle the grisly case, which may lead to more bloodshed. Damaged young Iraq vet Pete Flores, who saw too much before fleeing the crime scene, and his girlfriend, Vikki Gaddis, are running for their lives. Sorting through the lowlifes who are hunting down Pete, and with Preacher Jack Collins, a Godfearing serial killer for hire, in the mix, Hack is caught up in a terrifying race for survival—for Pete, Vikki, and himself.

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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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Ken Everett, August 25, 2011 (view all comments by Ken Everett)
Burke wins again with this elegantly written tale of Texas Sheriff Hackberry Holland and his search for the killer of nine Chinese women and girls in a sparsely populated Southwest Texas County. We first met Hackberry as a young lawyer in an early Burke work, LAY DOWN MY SWORD AND SHIELD.

Hack, a Korean War veteran, and his able Chief Deputy, Pam Tibbs, must fend off agents from a couple of three-letter federal agencies as they seek a solution to the slaughter while attempting to protect a young, alcholic Irag veteran who witnessed the machine-gunning of the victims. Chock full of displaced New Orleans mob bosses, a hired serial killer, a lonely and talented songstress, and a hapless bar owner bent on protecting his family at all costs, Burke delivers a rip-roaring tale for those who only "surface" read, or those who delve the deeper issues and significances to be found in all his novels.

One often overlooked facet of Burke's work is his creation of strong, brave and talented women. RAIN GODS introduces us to three such women in this work - three women of very different lifestyles and talents - who demonstrate that courage, beauty and love is proven in diverse ways.

A beautifully written work constructed with Burke's usual haunting, involved narrative.

This book easily crosses the line from "popular fiction" into true literature. The way Burke can paint beautiful pictures with words, capture the essence of a setting, the characters' emotions... it's simply amazing.

Small town America is Burke's canvas, human strengths and weaknesses his palette, and again he's brought us a completely enthralling story peopled with complex and fully realized characters whose lives collide as they pursue their own individual agendas.

Hack Holland is the small town Texas sheriff whose indelible experience as an American POW of the Koreans almost sixty years ago still informs every facet of his life. Preacher Jack Collins is the sociopathic killer driven by his own dark obsessions and twisted motives. Nick Dolan is the small time hustler made good, striving for a life of normalcy and trying to get away from the life that helped him rise from poverty to live a piece of the American dream with a wife and small kids. Vikki Gaddis is the young woman who can sing like an angel, but can't find the inner strength to pursue her dream. Her boyfriend Pete Flores is the young war vet, home after being seriously wounded and recovering, who stumbles into the middle of a criminal enterprise and unwittingly triggers all the events that follow.

These people, and many more, are the fascinating and engaging actors in a story of redemption and innocence played out against the sweeping vistas of the Texas border country.

Burke has become the American Dostoyevsky, but with even greater skill at ensnaring the reader into the lives of his protagonists and antagonists, and with none of the ponderousness of the Russian original. This book is exciting, captivating, thoroughly entertaining, and beautifully written.
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