Synopses & Reviews
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.
HIS CELEBRATED THIRTIETH NOVEL!
James Lee Burke returns to the Texas border town of his bestseller Rain Gods, where a serial killer presumed dead is very much alive...and where sheriff Hackberry Holland, now a widower, fights for survival — his own, and of the citizens he’s sworn to protect.
When alcoholic ex-boxer Danny Boy Lorca witnesses a man tortured to death in the desert, Hackberry’s investigation leads him to Anton Ling, a mysterious Chinese woman known for sheltering illegals. Ling denies any knowledge of the attack, but something in her aristocratic beauty seduces Hack into overlooking that she is as dangerous as the men she harbors. And when soulless Preacher Jack Collins reemerges, the cold-blooded killer may prove invaluable to Hackberry. This time, he and the Preacher have a common enemy.
About the Author
James Lee Burke, named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, is the author of twenty-nine previous novels and two collections of short stories. He lives in Missoula, Montana.