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Rain Gods: A Novel by James Lee Burke

Rain Gods: A Novel (edition 2009)

by James Lee Burke

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Title:Rain Gods: A Novel
Authors:James Lee Burke
Info:Simon & Schuster (2009), Edition: First Edition/First Printing, Hardcover, 448 pages
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Tags:Texas, human trafficking, drug trafficking, corruption, crime fiction

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Rain Gods by James Lee Burke



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bad guys are very cruel people ( )
  Claudia.Anderson | Feb 7, 2016 |
I listened to this audiobook on a long distance road trip through the American midwest. Possibly the worst dialogue I have ever read. ( )
  cantbe20 | Jul 9, 2015 |
Violent and gritty enough for the gentlemen, with just enough philosophy and moral ruminations to make the reader believe, or is it realize, that even the vilest criminal has soul-stirrings. Illuminated, transcendent descriptions of our incredible West. Burke's a master!! His complex, distinctive creation, The Preacher, can't be forgotten. ( )
  Elleneer | Jun 16, 2015 |
The quality of the writing and the interesting characters kept me going and put the book solidly into the "good read" catagory, but I found the plot confusing and I never really understood the motivation for the brutal murder and burial of 9 Asian immigrant women. It does get explained by the end, but the motivation didn't seem deep enough to host all the mayhem that populates the story. ( )
  gbelik | Jun 1, 2014 |
This is a story about justice and friendship.

In the southern part of Texas by the Mexican border, the sheriff's office is informed that there were shots fired behind an old church.

Sheriff Hackberry Holland, a Korean War vet, finds the graves of nine Asian woman. Later, he learns that they had balloons filled with drugs in their stomachs and were probably heading to a place where they could work as prostitutes.

With James Lee Burke's ability to describe settings and provide unforgettable characters, we follow the trail of the killers.
They want to kill the man who informed the law about the killings. The man, an Iraq vet may be able to identify the killers.

The action is well paced so the reader can see what is going on with the criminals, the two young people who are running for their lives and law enforcement led by Hack Holland.

The characters are well thought out and believable and the story is entertaining. ( )
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That poetic tendency is what makes Burke special among crime writers. He’s the best wordsmith in the genre since Raymond Chandler. That’s why fans wait in line for his books. They won’t be disappointed in this one.
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And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every infirmity...
These twelve Jesus sent out, charging them, "Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And preach as you go, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' "

Matthew 10:1-7
In memory of James Brown Benbow, Dan Benbow, and Weldon Mallette
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On the burnt-out end of a July day in Southwest Texas, in a crossroads community whose only economic importance had depended on its relationship to a roach paste factory the EPA had shut down twenty years before, a young man driving a car without window glass stopped by an abandoned blue-and-white stucco filling station that had once sold Pure gas during the Depression and was now home to bats and clusters of tumbleweed.
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After a very long hiatus, Hackberry Holland is back. Last heard from in LAY DOWN MY SWORD AND SHIELD (1971), Hack has since decided that after running the rat race as a lawyer and a politician, he wants a quieter life. So he takes over the sheriff's office in a little town in south Texas. Things are going pretty well until nine bodies turn up. Now he's got to unravel the organized-crime connections that have left these Asian prostitutes and drug-runners dead--which means he needs to track down and protect a pair of witnesses, as well as find the moralizing vigilante known as the Preacher who kills in creepily thoughtful ways. Solving these crimes--and preventing future ones--is made all the more difficult by the waves of people moving into Hack's territory in Hurricane Katrina's destructive wake.
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When Hackberry Holland became sheriff of a tiny Texas town near the Mexican border, he'd hoped to leave certain things behind: his checkered reputation, his haunted dreams, and his obsessive memories of the good life with his late wife, Rie. But the discovery of the bodies of nine illegal aliens, machine-gunned to death and buried in a shallow grave behind a church, soon makes it clear that he won't escape so easily.… (more)

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