Feast Day of Fools

Feast Day of Fools

A Novel

Book - 2011
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The critically acclaimed thirtieth entry from New York Times bestselling author James Lee Burke, featuring Texas Sheriff Hackberry Holland in an epic tale that is equal parts thriller, Western, and literary masterpiece.

Burke returns to the Texas border town setting of his bestseller Rain Gods, "a riveting novel [that evokes] past American greats, such as Steinbeck and Cain" ( Lincoln Journal Star ). Now, a monstrous killer presumed dead is very much alive…and Sheriff Hackberry Holland must fight for survival--his own, and that of the citizens he's sworn to protect.

Still mourning the loss of his cherished wife and navigating an almost-romance with his decades-younger deputy, Pam Tibbs, Hackberry feeds off the deeds of evil men to keep his own demons at bay. When alcoholic ex-boxer Danny Boy Lorca witnesses a man tortured to death in the desert, Hack's investigation leads him to Anton Ling, a regal, mysterious Chinese woman known for sheltering illegals. Ling denies having seen the victim or the perpetrators, but there is something in her steely demeanor and aristocratic beauty that seduces Hackberry into overlooking that she is just as dangerous as the men she harbors. Danger increases tenfold with the return of serial murderer Preacher Jack Collins, who has reemerged with a calm, single-minded zeal for killing more terrifying than the muzzle flash of his signature machine gun. But this time, he and Sheriff Holland may have a common enemy.
ISBN: 9781451675337
9781451643121
9781451643114
Characteristics: 463 pages ;,25 cm.

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dannnn
Jan 13, 2016

really great writing

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dannnn
Jan 11, 2016

what a fine novel. 4 complex villians and some go down and some are pardoned. complex writting. great entertainment.

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pearlydayze
Aug 13, 2013

Burke is a Master Author; albeit this one of his books really shows How truly evil people can Be!

I f your not a fan of Violence & real 'sickos' even the Best of Authors cant 'pretty 'it up 4 you> so If you choose to read this, Your going to be revolted by some things!
As Usual, his character & plot lines are complex & very well developed!

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bigfootmm
Aug 06, 2012

Terrible book unless you like being stimulated by reading about torture page after page, episode after episode. That someone could compare this trash with anything written by Cormac McCarthy is abominable. I've enjoyed Burke's Robicheaux novels, but I won't be reading anything by him from now on. He's lost his mind.

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jimg2000
Jun 11, 2012

Follow up to his earlier title "Rain Gods". If you like Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men, you will love this one more.

mikey24 Apr 04, 2012

I like Burke's books, he's still one of my favourite authors. This one was just okay. I believe the reason it was "just okay" is that large part of this story is used to build up his character Hackberry Holland. Hackberry is likeable enough but one of the appeals for me about Burke's novels is the setting of New Orleans. I've been to New Orleans twice. It's a really unique part of the world and Burke's prose makes me feel like I'm there. I agree with ljholmes -

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ljhomes
Dec 18, 2011

Oh, JLB, give me back the haunting drama of "Nawleans." I just can't get into this Western stuff.

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toby65
Dec 17, 2011

Was expecting the"Great American novel" from all the hype.
Instead, way too much violence, much of it seemingly gratuitous.

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pitkerro
Nov 20, 2011

Declaring a bias - I am a huge Burke fan and this one does not disappoint. Almost lyrical writing. Having a bit of trouble with the ongoing May-Dec. romance. Defies belief.

debwalker Nov 08, 2011

"There is only one James Lee Burke, and he has long since ceased writing simply crime fiction. Feast Day for Fools is a western, with a touch of Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men in its style and setting. It's also a crime novel; there are murders. It is also a novel about hope, belief and guilt, themes Burke has worked into all his novels over the past 30 years."
Margaret Cannon

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