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Rain Gods by James Lee Burke
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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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Though metaphor is stretched at times and opinion heavy handed JLB still comes up with some great lines and phrase and he always tells a good story. I definitely will continue the Hack series. ( )
  JBreedlove | Aug 29, 2016 |
Eager to escape his problematic past, Hackberry Holland acquires the sheriff's position in a rundown Texas border town. When authorities discover nine dead prostitutes buried in the desert, Hack must work with both Texas and Mexico, as well as face down hired gunmen, crooked strip club owners, and dubious drug lords, to solve the case. ( )
  jepeters333 | Apr 10, 2016 |
I like this kind of work, even if it's dispairing! The usa seen through very critical eyes.
Where is the american dream? Quite every human seem psychotic, and incapable of a " normal" life! ( )
  Gerardlionel | Apr 1, 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 |
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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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