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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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Another gritty, thrilling Burke mystery that brings back Texas Sheriff Hackberry Holland, cousin of beloved character Billy Bob Holland.

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From the winner of two Edgar Awards comes another gritty, thrilling mystery with a brand-new character: Texas Sheriff Hackberry Holland, cousin of beloved character Billy Bob Holland. Available in a tall Premium Edition.

Synopsis:

“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.

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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Edward Hahn, April 18, 2015 (view all comments by Edward Hahn)
I think James Lee Burke is one of the best authors, of any genre, writing today. My only argument with this book is that it is so dark as to be downright depressing at times.

The story opens when Sheriff Hackberry Holland, a Korean War veteran in his early 70s, discovers a burial site where nine young Thai women have recently been cut down by a Thompson machine gun, reminiscent of prohibition massacres. He was directed to the site by an anonymous phone call from an Iraq veteran suffering from PTSD, Pete Flores. Flores' connection to the crime gets him and his girlfriend, Vicki Gaddis, into a heap of trouble. The plot unfolds from there as characters only Burke could conjure up, play out their roles, willingly or not. After each character is introduced, the reader is made aware, not only of their current situation, but also of their background, which helps one understand why they behave in ways that the rest of us might think insane.

Over the next 600+ pages these characters act out their roles, leading each of them to a destination, that while not always predictable, is usually justified and understandable. One of the signatures of Burke's stories whether featuring David Robicheaux of New Iberia LA, Billy Bob Holland of West Texas or Hackberry Holland of South Texas and a few other one-off characters is his description of the women in his books many of whom seem to have a strength that makes them not only interesting but also admirable. In this volume the aforementioned Vicki Gaddis, Holland's deputy, Pam Tibbs and a San Antonio housewife, Esther Dolan all, at one time or another, demonstrate a kind of courage, too seldom ascribed to women in crime fiction thrillers.

This is not a light easy read but rather a deep exploration of the depths that some people fall into and the actions sometimes necessary to pull oneself out of the abyss. An additional feature of Burke's writing is his use of the environment he's describing to set the mood for the action to follow.

While, as I indicated earlier, this is a challenging read, I also unreservedly recommend it as an excellent example of Burke's skill as a writer.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781439128305
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Burke, James Lee
Publisher:
Pocket Star
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Edition Description:
Mass Market Paperback
Series:
A Holland Family Novel
Publication Date:
20100525
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
688
Dimensions:
7.5 x 4.12 in 14.14 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Another gritty, thrilling Burke mystery that brings back Texas Sheriff Hackberry Holland, cousin of beloved character Billy Bob Holland.
"Synopsis" by , From the winner of two Edgar Awards comes another gritty, thrilling mystery with a brand-new character: Texas Sheriff Hackberry Holland, cousin of beloved character Billy Bob Holland. Available in a tall Premium Edition.
"Synopsis" by , “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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