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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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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. ( )
1 vote mikedraper | Aug 20, 2012 |
Nowhere as good as the Robicheaux books.Too verbose.Too much religious mumbo-jumbo.Repetitive descriptions.Overuse of Kleenex [sounds like paid placement:]Hackberry Holland sounds too much Huckleberry Hound. ( )
  EctopicBrain | Jul 31, 2012 |
Great plot and characters for an audiobook! And Will Patton's narration was spot on; I loved the way he differentiated his tone and accent for various characters and had a baseline sound for the omniscient third person narrator (I hope that is clear.)

I like Burke's other series but Sheriff Hackberry Holland is tempting me to step out on Dave Roubicheaux.

The detail and humor of the characters reminded me of Elmore Leonard's work. I also got a hint of Cormac McCarthy in some of the plotting and descriptions of landscapes and such.

Both my husband and I enjoyed listening to this book together and we are already looking for another in this series. ( )
  nbsp | Jul 29, 2012 |
Lots of big words I had to look up. Holland ( sheriff of small town in Texas ) looks for murders of illegal women. His Deputiy looking to intangle him in her life, she is much younger. People running away from killers, Killers killing each other, Every one has a problem in their own life, Burke describes Texas boarder towns weather and land scape as something I world not like to experiance. To hot & dry for normal people. ( )
  donagiles | Jun 17, 2012 |
This story brings together all the Burkeian elements of redemption, war guilt, the complexities of man (Preacher Collins), the curing power of love, and the author's love and usage of erudite vocabulary and pointoilistic word painting. As they say in bowling, it is a solid strike, right in the pocket, without any pin wavering. I hope Burke sees what a wonderful character he has created in the Preacher, as least equal to Raskolinov, and that he reprises him, but preferably not in southwest Texas (I dislike that place)! ( )
  andyray | Jul 22, 2011 |
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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
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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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