Feast Day of Fools

Feast Day of Fools

A Novel

Book - 2011
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Sheriff Hackberry Holland patrols a small Southwest Texas border town with a deep and abiding respect for the citizens in his care. Still mourning the loss of his cherished wife and locked in a perilous almost-romance with his deputy, Pam Tibbs, a woman many decades his junior, 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 and reports it, Hack's investigation leads to the home of Anton Ling, a regal, mysterious Chinese woman whom the locals refer to as La Magdalena and who is 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 compels Hackberry to return to her home again and again as the investigation unfolds. Could it be that the sheriff is so taken in by this creature who reminds him of his deceased wife that he would ignore the possibility that she is just as dangerous as the men she harbors? The danger in the desert increases tenfold with the return of serial murderer Preacher Jack Collins, whom The New York Times called "one of Burke's most inspired villains." Presumed dead at the close of Rain Gods, Preacher Jack has reemerged with a calm, single-minded zeal for killing that is more terrifying than the muzzle flash of his signature machine gun. But this time he and Sheriff Holland have a common enemy. Praised by Joyce Carol Oates for "the luminosity of his writerly voice," James Lee Burke returns with his most allegorical novel to date, illuminating vital issues of our time--immigration, energy, religious freedom--with the rich atmosphere and devastatingly flawed, authentic characters that readers have come to celebrate during the five decades of his brilliant career.
ISBN: 9781451643114
Characteristics: 463 pages ;,25 cm.


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Jan 13, 2016

really great writing

Jan 11, 2016

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

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!

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.

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 -

Dec 18, 2011

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

Dec 17, 2011

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

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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