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Feast day of fools : a novel
James Lee Burke
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From Publishers' Weekly:

In Edgar-winner Burke's outstanding third novel featuring smalltown Texas sheriff Hackberry Holland (after Rain Gods), Hackberry joins a motley crew of killers, idealists, psychos, mobsters, and Feds in the search for Noie Barnum, a disgruntled former intelligence asset who escaped the human smugglers that were trying to sell him to al-Qaeda. Barnum finds an unexpected protector in Preacher Jack Collins, a quixotic mass murderer, whom Hackberry calls "[t]he most dangerous man I've ever met." The richness of Burke's characters, always one of his strengths, reaches new heights, as shown particularly inÅKrill, a mentally scarred veteran of Central American violence driven by grief over his slaughtered children, and Cody Daniels, would-be minister and xenophobe, who undergoes a spiritual sea change during his own via crucis. The intricately plotted narrative takes numerous unexpected turns, and Burke handles his trademark themes of social justice and corruption with his usual subtlety. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Burke's fifth entry featuring Texas sheriff Hackberry Holland (after Rain Gods) further cements his status as one of America's greatest contemporary novelists. Hackberry and his deputy, Pam Tibbs, to whom Hack acts as both romantic interest and concerned parent, are forced to unravel a mystery involving dead bodies in the desert, a missing American scientist, and the government agencies and criminal groups searching for him. As with any Burke novel, however, the story is secondary to the characters. From a Chinese woman helping illegal immigrants cross the Texas-Mexico border, to a dying government agent with torn allegiances, to criminals of various stripes, Burke weaves a tapestry of unique characters whose widely differing motivations enrich his tale. Also playing a large role is serial killer Preacher Jack Collins, who returns to bring fear and craziness into Hackberry's life. Fittingly, a novel filled with violence concludes in a similar manner. VERDICT Though not as well known as Dave Robicheaux, Hackberry is a compelling character. This rich novel will satisfy Burke's fans and should draw new ones who have not yet had the privilege of reading his works. [See Prepub Alert, 2/28/11.]-Craig Shufelt, Fort McMurray P.L., Alta. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Hackberry Holland
Korean War veteran
Cousin to lawman Billy Bob Holland; haunted by memories of the POW camp he survived; in love with his deputy; investigating the murder of a man by a psychopath named Krill; trying to track down a government agent whom Krill kidnapped, but who escaped; discovers the serial killer he presumed dead is really alive and is back with a vengeance.

Pam Tibbs
Hackberry's deputy.

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