'Evil, bigotry and doing the right thing. All are done as expertly as ever by a master writer' DAILY TELEGRAPH Lucas Smothers, nineteen and from the wrong end of town, has been arrested for the rape and murder of a local girl. His lawyer Billy Bob Holland is convinced of Lucas's innocence but proving it means unearthing the truth from a seething ...
'Evil, bigotry and doing the right thing. All are done as expertly as ever by a master writer' DAILY TELEGRAPH Lucas Smothers, nineteen and from the wrong end of town, has been arrested for the rape and murder of a local girl. His lawyer Billy Bob Holland is convinced of Lucas's innocence but proving it means unearthing the truth from a seething mass of deceit and corruption. A corruption endemic in the way it can be only in a gossipy small town where everybody knows everybody else's business. Billy Bob's relationship with Lucas's family is not an easy one - years back he was a close friend of Mrs Smothers, too close according to her husband Vernon. And when Lucas overhears gruesome tales of serial murder from a neighbouring cell in the local lock-up, the waters are muddied even further and Lucas himself looks like a candidate for an untimely death.
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I could never, never say a bad word about Burke! His books are well written but most important to me is the fact that his description of his beloved New Orleans is so vivid that you are there with him!!
May 14, 2009
Intro to Billy Bob Holland in Montana setting. Intriguing "bad guys" with Burke's excellent depictions of the area and the characterizations of the people. Good plot, references to ghosts may initially turn some readers off, but the author uses this technique to show the reasoning process of Billy Bob. Good action, hard to put down superb use of senses (scent, sound and visual) to color the storyline. Provided the impetus for me securing the next three Billy Bob Holland books and I have not been the least disappointed.
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