In the Moon of Red Ponies: A Novel

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: James Lee Burke

Narrated By: Will Patton

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: June 2004

Duration: 5 hours 59 minutes


In The Moon of Red Ponies, Billy Bob Holland discovers that jail cells have revolving doors and the bad guys are back and aching for revenge.
Johnny American Horse is a young activist for land preservation and the rights of Native Americans. He is charged with the murder of two mysterious men -- who recently tried to kill Johnny, or at least scare him off his political causes. Billy Bob discovers a web of intrigue surrounding the case and its players: Johnny's girlfriend, Amber Finley, seems as reckless as she is defiant; Darrel McComb, a Missoula police detective who is obsessed with Amber; and Seth Masterson, an enigmatic government agent, who makes Billy Bob wonder why Washington is so concerned with an obscure murder case on the fringes of the Bitterroot Mountains.
As the dead bodies multiply, Billy Bob is drawn closer to the truth behind Johnny American Horse's arrest -- and discovers a greater danger to himself and to his whole family.


  • Kyle

    Pretty good book, but it felt like Burke was in rut on this one. He kept trying to bring the story around, but it just never happened. I'd recommend listening to it, but its not one of his better works.

  • Cheryl G

    Not one of Burke's better books, a little drawn out at times. He was able to keep it suspenseful enough to make it worth listening to. There were time I had trouble distinguishing who the reader was supposed to be, but it made sense all-in-all.

  • dlct

    Won't set the world on fire but better than some books by this author. It's kind of a far fetched and convoluted tale but the characters are well drawn and interesting, if not entirely believeable. The narrator who has a lovely voice for this genre needs to do a little more research and learn how to pronounce words like SLOUGH... when it's a small body of water it's pronounced 'slew'... and he doesn't. That sort of thing really interferes with the enjoyment of the story. This wouldn't be my first choice as a rental and not worth buying.

  • Wendy Hobson

    What can I say...I have read all of James Lee Burke's Robicheaux books and I have just started on the Billy Bob series and although Robicheaux will always be my favorites the Billy Bob's are great. Will Patton does a great job as usual. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a great mystery.

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