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Publisher Comments:

In James Lee Burke's last novel featuring Billy Bob Holland, Bitterroot, the former Texas Ranger left his home state to help a friend threatened by the most dangerous sociopath Billy Bob had ever faced. After vanquishing a truly iniquitous collection of violent individuals, Billy moved his family to west Montana and hung out a shingle for his law practice. But in In the Moon of Red Ponies, he discovers that jail cells have revolving doors and that the government he had sworn to serve may have become his enemy.

His first client in Missoula is Johnny American Horse, a young activist for land preservation and the rights of Native Americans. Johnny is charged with the murder of two mysterious men — who seem to have recently tried to kill Johnny themselves, or at least scare him off his political causes. As Billy Bob investigates, he discovers a web of intrigue surrounding the case and its players: Johnny's girlfriend, Amber Finley, as reckless as she is defiant — and the daughter of one of Montana's U.S. senators; Darrel McComb, a Missoula police detective who is obsessed with Amber; and Seth Masterson, an enigmatic government agent whose presence in town makes Billy Bob wonder why Washington has become so concerned with an obscure murder case on the fringes of the Bitterroot Mountains.

As complications mount and the dead bodies multiply, Billy Bob is drawn closer to the truth behind Johnny American Horse's arrest — and discovers a greater danger to himself and to his whole family. How Billy Bob strikes back at evil and protects his kin is the masterful triumph of In the Moon of Red Ponies.

Beautifully written, with an intriguing plot and characters whose conflicts seem as real as life itself, this novel shows James Lee Burke again in the top form that has made him a critical favorite and a national bestseller.

Review:

"In this top-notch fourth novel in Burke's series featuring ex — Texas Ranger attorney Billy Bob Holland, Billy Bob has moved his family and practice to the pastoral city of Missoula, Mont., the setting of his last adventure (Bitterroot, 2001), only to discover that the psychopathic ex-biker/rodeo clown, Wyatt Dixon (who buried Billy Bob's private investigator wife, Temple, alive), is out of prison on a technicality and claiming to be a born-again Christian. Billy Bob befriends alcoholic Desert Storm hero Johnny American Horse, a sometime breeder of horses and eco-activist who — when not in the drunk tank — is carrying on a passionate affair with Amber Finley, the daughter of Romulus Finley, a vindictive and bigoted powerful U.S. senator. When Johnny is suspected of murdering the hit man who invaded his home as well as masterminding the burglary of Global Research (a high-tech agricultural lab), making off with its computer files, the action picks up quickly. Noted for quirky characters and intricate plots, Burke introduces demon-driven sheriff's deputy Darrel McComb — an ex-war hero and former mercenary pilot who flew cocaine for the contras — who has an erotic fixation on Amber. Factor in private security agency chief Greta Lundstrum, FBI agent Seth Masterson and Karsten Mabus, CEO of the company that owns Global Research, and the mayhem builds to a gripping, spine-tingling finale. Agent, Philip Spitzer. 10-city author tour. (June 8)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"It's all familiar to fans of Burke's thoughtful, volcanic studies of violence and redemption....Required reading for anybody who wonders whether mystery plotting has a future in mainstream fiction." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"[L]uminous, lyrical and lethal....[Burke's] language is so rich and poignant, so riddled with stunningly visceral images, that it dazzles the reader. This is one of the best novels he has ever written." Providence Journal

Review:

"Rich, lyrical narrative....What he's really writing about, I suspect, is redemption and he does so with passion, skill and a generous heart." Literary Review

Review:

"As in the Robicheaux books, the writing in the Holland series is just terrific....With a few incisive strokes, Burke can show all-too-recognizable ruinous arrogance in character and in history." The Washington Post

Review:

"The plot unfurls few major surprises, but readers will savor Burke's lyrical prose and finely shaded psychological tension as Billy Bob and his cohorts teeter between idealism and brutality. (Grade: B+)" Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"While the shotgun spray of Burke's political complaints makes mincemeat of the plot, his passion is so real and raw that it redeems the ragged writing, giving voice to the new anxieties surfacing in genre fiction." Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"James Lee Burke tells a story in a style all his own, in language that's alive, electric. He's a master at setting mood, laying in atmosphere, all with quirky dialogue that's a delight." Elmore Leonard

Review:

"Burke carefully weaves Dixon in and out of the story, never letting the reader know when or how or if this dangerous man will...destroy Holland and his family. That makes In the Moon of the Red Ponies a midnight oil-burning page-turner." Denver Post

Review:

"Burke, as usual, delivers a fast-paced story line, snappy dialogue, lush landscapes and complex characters, not the least of whom is Billy Bob, tormented like Burke's other series hero, Dave Robicheaux, with a dark side." The Oregonian (Portland, OR)

Review:

"Mr. Burke is an able prose stylist, and his descriptions of western Montana are lyrical and loving....If several loose ends are left dangling, they simply leave the door open for future installments in the Billy Bob Holland saga." Dallas Morning News

Review:

"The familiar themes are all here, but Burke puts some new spins on them....Yes, Billy Bob is cut from familiar cloth, but admit it, he wears it well." Booklist

Review:

"[O]ne of Burke's more complex plots, yet he lays it out coherently and so subtly as to leave the reader without a hint about what will happen next....Well into his third decade of masterful writing, James Lee Burke has written another masterpiece." BookReporter.com

Synopsis:

Touted as "America's best novelist" (The Denver Post), the New York Times bestselling author returns with another tale of evil and redemption, featuring his beloved Texas lawyer, Billy Bob Holland.

Synopsis:

"James Lee Burke tells a story in a style all his own, in language that's alive, electric. He's a master at setting mood, laying in atmosphere, all with quirky dialogue that's a delight." — Elmore Leonard

In James Lee Burke's last novel featuring Billy Bob Holland, Bitterroot, the former Texas Ranger left his home state to help a friend threatened by the most dangerous sociopath Billy Bob had ever faced. After vanquishing a truly iniquitous collection of violent individuals, Billy moved his family to west Montana and hung out a shingle for his law practice. But in In the Moon of Red Ponies, he discovers that jail cells have revolving doors and that the government he had sworn to serve may have become his enemy.

His first client in Missoula is Johnny American Horse, a young activist for land preservation and the rights of Native Americans. Johnny is charged with the murder of two mysterious men — who seem to have recently tried to kill Johnny themselves, or at least scare him off his political causes. As Billy Bob investigates, he discovers a web of intrigue surrounding the case and its players: Johnny's girlfriend, Amber Finley, as reckless as she is defiant — and the daughter of one of Montana's U.S. senators; Darrel McComb, a Missoula police detective who is obsessed with Amber; and Seth Masterson, an enigmatic government agent whose presence in town makes Billy Bob wonder why Washington has become so concerned with an obscure murder case on the fringes of the Bitterroot Mountains.

As complications mount and the dead bodies multiply, Billy Bob is drawn closer to the truth behind Johnny American Horse's arrest — and discovers a greater danger to himself and to his whole family. How Billy Bob strikes back at evil and protects his kin is the masterful triumph of In the Moon of Red Ponies.

Beautifully written, with an intriguing plot and characters whose conflicts seem as real as life itself, this novel shows James Lee Burke again in the top form that has made him a critical favorite and a national bestseller.

About the Author

James Lee Burke, a rare winner of two Edgar Awards, is the author of twenty-three previous novels, including such New York Times bestsellers as Bitterroot, Purple Cane Road, Cimarron Rose, Jolie Blon's Bounce, and Dixie City Jam. He lives in Missoula, Montana, and New Iberia, Louisiana.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743466646
Author:
Burke, James Lee
Publisher:
Pocket Books
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Legal
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B101
Series:
Billy Bob Boy Howdy
Publication Date:
February 2005
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
6.75 x 4.19 in 6.895 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this top-notch fourth novel in Burke's series featuring ex — Texas Ranger attorney Billy Bob Holland, Billy Bob has moved his family and practice to the pastoral city of Missoula, Mont., the setting of his last adventure (Bitterroot, 2001), only to discover that the psychopathic ex-biker/rodeo clown, Wyatt Dixon (who buried Billy Bob's private investigator wife, Temple, alive), is out of prison on a technicality and claiming to be a born-again Christian. Billy Bob befriends alcoholic Desert Storm hero Johnny American Horse, a sometime breeder of horses and eco-activist who — when not in the drunk tank — is carrying on a passionate affair with Amber Finley, the daughter of Romulus Finley, a vindictive and bigoted powerful U.S. senator. When Johnny is suspected of murdering the hit man who invaded his home as well as masterminding the burglary of Global Research (a high-tech agricultural lab), making off with its computer files, the action picks up quickly. Noted for quirky characters and intricate plots, Burke introduces demon-driven sheriff's deputy Darrel McComb — an ex-war hero and former mercenary pilot who flew cocaine for the contras — who has an erotic fixation on Amber. Factor in private security agency chief Greta Lundstrum, FBI agent Seth Masterson and Karsten Mabus, CEO of the company that owns Global Research, and the mayhem builds to a gripping, spine-tingling finale. Agent, Philip Spitzer. 10-city author tour. (June 8)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "It's all familiar to fans of Burke's thoughtful, volcanic studies of violence and redemption....Required reading for anybody who wonders whether mystery plotting has a future in mainstream fiction."
"Review" by , "[L]uminous, lyrical and lethal....[Burke's] language is so rich and poignant, so riddled with stunningly visceral images, that it dazzles the reader. This is one of the best novels he has ever written."
"Review" by , "Rich, lyrical narrative....What he's really writing about, I suspect, is redemption and he does so with passion, skill and a generous heart."
"Review" by , "As in the Robicheaux books, the writing in the Holland series is just terrific....With a few incisive strokes, Burke can show all-too-recognizable ruinous arrogance in character and in history."
"Review" by , "The plot unfurls few major surprises, but readers will savor Burke's lyrical prose and finely shaded psychological tension as Billy Bob and his cohorts teeter between idealism and brutality. (Grade: B+)"
"Review" by , "While the shotgun spray of Burke's political complaints makes mincemeat of the plot, his passion is so real and raw that it redeems the ragged writing, giving voice to the new anxieties surfacing in genre fiction."
"Review" by , "James Lee Burke tells a story in a style all his own, in language that's alive, electric. He's a master at setting mood, laying in atmosphere, all with quirky dialogue that's a delight." Elmore Leonard
"Review" by , "Burke carefully weaves Dixon in and out of the story, never letting the reader know when or how or if this dangerous man will...destroy Holland and his family. That makes In the Moon of the Red Ponies a midnight oil-burning page-turner."
"Review" by , "Burke, as usual, delivers a fast-paced story line, snappy dialogue, lush landscapes and complex characters, not the least of whom is Billy Bob, tormented like Burke's other series hero, Dave Robicheaux, with a dark side."
"Review" by , "Mr. Burke is an able prose stylist, and his descriptions of western Montana are lyrical and loving....If several loose ends are left dangling, they simply leave the door open for future installments in the Billy Bob Holland saga."
"Review" by , "The familiar themes are all here, but Burke puts some new spins on them....Yes, Billy Bob is cut from familiar cloth, but admit it, he wears it well."
"Review" by , "[O]ne of Burke's more complex plots, yet he lays it out coherently and so subtly as to leave the reader without a hint about what will happen next....Well into his third decade of masterful writing, James Lee Burke has written another masterpiece."
"Synopsis" by , Touted as "America's best novelist" (The Denver Post), the New York Times bestselling author returns with another tale of evil and redemption, featuring his beloved Texas lawyer, Billy Bob Holland.
"Synopsis" by , "James Lee Burke tells a story in a style all his own, in language that's alive, electric. He's a master at setting mood, laying in atmosphere, all with quirky dialogue that's a delight." — Elmore Leonard

In James Lee Burke's last novel featuring Billy Bob Holland, Bitterroot, the former Texas Ranger left his home state to help a friend threatened by the most dangerous sociopath Billy Bob had ever faced. After vanquishing a truly iniquitous collection of violent individuals, Billy moved his family to west Montana and hung out a shingle for his law practice. But in In the Moon of Red Ponies, he discovers that jail cells have revolving doors and that the government he had sworn to serve may have become his enemy.

His first client in Missoula is Johnny American Horse, a young activist for land preservation and the rights of Native Americans. Johnny is charged with the murder of two mysterious men — who seem to have recently tried to kill Johnny themselves, or at least scare him off his political causes. As Billy Bob investigates, he discovers a web of intrigue surrounding the case and its players: Johnny's girlfriend, Amber Finley, as reckless as she is defiant — and the daughter of one of Montana's U.S. senators; Darrel McComb, a Missoula police detective who is obsessed with Amber; and Seth Masterson, an enigmatic government agent whose presence in town makes Billy Bob wonder why Washington has become so concerned with an obscure murder case on the fringes of the Bitterroot Mountains.

As complications mount and the dead bodies multiply, Billy Bob is drawn closer to the truth behind Johnny American Horse's arrest — and discovers a greater danger to himself and to his whole family. How Billy Bob strikes back at evil and protects his kin is the masterful triumph of In the Moon of Red Ponies.

Beautifully written, with an intriguing plot and characters whose conflicts seem as real as life itself, this novel shows James Lee Burke again in the top form that has made him a critical favorite and a national bestseller.

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