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Rain Gods

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Written By: James Lee Burke

Narrated By: Will Patton

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: July 2009

Duration: 6 hours 51 minutes

Summary:

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.

As Hack and Deputy Sheriff Pam Tibbs attempt to untangle the threads of this complex and grisly case, a damaged young Iraq veteran, Pete Flores, and his girlfriend, Vikki Gaddis, are running for their lives, hoping to outwit the bloodthirsty criminals who want to kill Pete for his involvement in the murders. The only trouble is, Pete doesn't know who he's running from: drunk and terrified, he fled the scene of the crime when the shooting began. And there's a long list of people who want Pete and Vikki dead: crime boss Hugo Cistranos, who hired Pete for the operation; Nick Dolan, a strip club owner and small-time gangster with revenge on his mind; and a mysterious God-fearing serial-killer-for-hire known as Preacher Jack Collins, with enigmatic motives of his own.

With the FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and a host of cold-blooded killers on Pete and Vikki's trail, it's up to Sheriff Holland to find them first and figure out who's behind the mass murder before anyone else ends up dead. In this thrilling and intricate work, James Lee Burke has once again proven himself a master storyteller and a perceptive chronicler of the darkest corners of the human heart.

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  • Adrian Nalwalker

    Burke is a master. Hackberry Holland is an intriguing mix of tenacity and introspection, tragedy and hope. The narration really shines and you feel the presence of southeast Texas as you listen to the story. Will Patton's narration is second to none.

  • trheyer

    Burke is back on top in thjis western type mystery thriller. Cleat plays a HUGE part in this and its even better with Cleat in it.

  • Anonymous

    There is far too much detail in this book, including ramblings that appear to have nothing to do with the story line. What makes that more complicated and frustrating is that there are a large number of characters to keep straight, and the relationships among the characters are never adequately explained. Found myself very thankful when this book finally ended.

  • Anonymous

    Good story, but could have done with much less personal musings. . .

  • FConrad

    James Lee Burke will keep you glued to this book, as always. He has a way of creating an image in your mind that takes you right in the middle of of the old cajun south. I couldn't put the book down,,, just like all the rest of his books. And I have read everything he has written. But the key to enjoying his books is the narrator Will Patton, who's voice and dialect are as much a part of the book and the characters and scenes he is describing. I'm like a little kid passing an ice cream truck when I see that there is a new Burke/Patton release. ,,,,, wish there were more,,,