James Lee Burke with a compelling character: a sheriff with a haunted past on the hunt for a deranged killer. Hackberry Holland is a man haunted by a chequered and traumatic past. A former POW from the Korean War, he has left everything behind to become sheriff of a dried-out, broken-down border town in south Texas. But Hack soon finds himself ...
James Lee Burke with a compelling character: a sheriff with a haunted past on the hunt for a deranged killer. Hackberry Holland is a man haunted by a chequered and traumatic past. A former POW from the Korean War, he has left everything behind to become sheriff of a dried-out, broken-down border town in south Texas. But Hack soon finds himself dealing with more than just his own demons when nine dead prostitutes are dug up behind a run-down church. The search for justice - and revenge - pits Hack against hired guns, drug dealers who operate on both sides of the border, and a psychotic killer known as The Preacher. As Holland frantically tries to end the cycle of killings and bring justice to the dead girls, he discovers just how dark the deepest corners of the human heart can get, and how redemption can come in the form of a woman's love...
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Being a slow methodical reader "Rain Gods" was a time consumer. Burkes vocabulary is cause to keep a dictionary handy. An interwoven plot, the chapter switch's encompass a full cast of characters. Contemporary southwest Texas is graphically depicted, with all its neglect and dried out ambience. The characters are complete with detailed background and psychological composites. Pete & Vikki immutably ensnared in the grim execution of 9 Thai women and girls, who were victims of a prostitution and drug smuggling operation gone bad. Nick Dolan a New Orleans transplant who owns and operates a "Gentlemens club, combination restaurant" struggles for sanity and redemption, among a profusion of criminals and desperados. "Preacher" a phycopathic serial killer who proves very elusive, and is not without his own set of values and scruples. Law enforcement encompasses- Ethan Riser a "bigger picture" orientated FBI agent, Isaac Clawson a solo ICE agent bent on wide retribution for the immolation of his daughter and her fiance, and the main character Hackberry Holland local sheriff and a former prisoner in Paks palace during the Korean war, former ACLU advocate, who also struggles with many demons and flashbacks, but has attained some peace of mind with the passing years, and Pam his more than dutiful deputy. Mix it all up, you got a great and enjoyable read.
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