Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Books: Feast Day of Fools by James Lee Burke (Simon and Schuster, 2011)

Feast Day Of Fools (Hackberry Holland, #3)Feast Day Of Fools by James Lee Burke

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

James Lee Burke returns to the saga of small town sheriff Hackberry Holland and the windswept plains of southwest Texas in this evocative and beautifully written work of crime fiction. A man is tortured to death in the desert while the person he was chained to escapes. Wanted by the law, terrorists and criminals this man runs into the desert where he hooks up with Holland's nemesis, the psychopathic killer "Preacher" Jack Collins. Meanwhile, an enigmatic woman is helping Mexican workers cross the border as part of a modern-day underground railroad while being harassed by a xenophobic pretend reverend and other criminal elements. Burke weaves these seemingly diverse threads into a coherent story that slowly comes together for a dramatic showdown at the hideout of an international criminal. Mortal enemies Holland and Collins must make an uneasy compromise to take on a common enemy. This is another excellent story from James Lee Burke, who seems incapable of writing a bad novel. All of his classic attributes are here: a morally torn hero who despises war and violence despite being a decorated war veteran and quick draw sheriff. The development of fellow characters is fascinating as well, with the sociopath Collins drawn between acts of unbridled mayhem and the thoughts and memories that continually torture him from the inside. Burke makes beautiful observations about the folly and stupidity of warfare, and the fallible nature of human beings in this excellent story. Feast Day of Fools: A Novel - amazon.com

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