“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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With a plot full of twists and turns, this is another exciting crime thriller from Burke. Right now, there's no one better in the game when it comes to style: the heat of Texas practically burns off the page, leaving you feeling as if you're right in the middle of the action. ( WATERSTONES BOOKS QUARTERLY)
No one matches Burke for unveiling the seedier side of the American Dream. ( OBSERVER)
`an absorbing novel of depth and intelligence far superior to all but a few of his fellow crime writers - Burke is the most lyrical and poetic of US crime authors, his central characters the most three-dimensional, his atmosphere the most moody.' (Marcel Berlins THE TIMES)
`One of the things that makes James Lee Burke both one of the best of thriller writers, and something more as well, is that he has always been fascinated by grace. Rain Gods [is] one of Burke's most powerful books for some time.' ( THE INDEPENDENT)
Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men won a lot of praise as a kind of modern western but for my money he's no match for James Lee Burke. ... Burke's a terrific writer, who specialises in poking a light into America's dark places and chronicling the country's descent into confusion and immorality. ( THE SUN)
James Lee Burke is the author of many previous novels, several featuring Detective Dave Robicheaux. He won the EDGAR AWARD in 1998 for CIMARRON ROSE, while BLACK CHERRY BLUES won the EDGAR in 1990 and SUNSET LIMITED was awarded the CWA GOLD DAGGER in 1998. He lives with his wife, Pearl, in Missoula, Montana and New Iberia, Louisiana.
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