Rain Gods: A Novel (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Jul 14, 2009 - Fiction - 448 pages
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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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James Lee Burke is a brilliant writer. - Goodreads
Great storyline & character development! - Goodreads
Here's a yarn I'd suggest to anyone. - Goodreads
That nutshell doesn't give the plot justice. - Goodreads
This was due to the ending. - Goodreads
In this book he is a painter rather than a writer. - Goodreads

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User Review  - gbelik - LibraryThing

The quality of the writing and the interesting characters kept me going and put the book solidly into the "good read" catagory, but I found the plot confusing and I never really understood the ... Read full review

Review: Rain Gods (Hackberry Holland #2)

User Review  - LA Kent - Goodreads

I enjoyed Rain Gods but not as much as James Lee Burke's Robicheaux books. It is really well written so i got to wondering why i didn't enjoy it so much. I think it is because there is no single ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

James Lee Burke, a rare winner of two Edgar Awards, and named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, is the author of more than thirty previous novels and two collections of short stories, including such New York Times bestsellers as Light of the WorldCreole Belle, Swan Peak, The Tin Roof Blowdown, and Feast Day of Fools. He lives in Missoula, Montana.

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