Rain Gods

Rain Gods

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Baker & Taylor
Running from a checkered past to become a sheriff in a ramshackle Texas border town, Hackberry Holland, the cousin of Montana lawyer Billy Bob, investigates the murders of nine prostitutes, a situation that pits him against hired guns, skin-bar owners, and drug dealers. Reprint. 350,000 first printing. A best-selling book.

Simon and Schuster
“America’s best novelist” (The Denver Post) brings back one of his most fascinating characters—Texas sheriff Hackberry Holland, cousin to lawman Billy Bob Holland—in this heart-pounding bestseller.

In a heat-cracked border town, the bodies of nine illegal aliens—women and girls, killed execution-style—are unearthed in a shallow grave. Haunted by a past he can’t shake and his own private demons, Hack attempts to untangle the grisly case, which may lead to more bloodshed. Damaged young Iraq vet Pete Flores, who saw too much before fleeing the crime scene, and his girlfriend, Vikki Gaddis, are running for their lives. Sorting through the lowlifes who are hunting down Pete, and with Preacher Jack Collins, a Godfearing serial killer for hire, in the mix, Hack is caught up in a terrifying race for survival—for Pete, Vikki, and himself.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2009
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781439137369
1439137366
9781439128244
1439128243
Branch Call Number: FIC Burke, J 300.2 2009
Characteristics: 434 pages ; 25 cm

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beagle_53 May 11, 2016

I'm sure glad I found this writer. The Holland series is excellant.

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dannnn
Jan 15, 2016

Another great one.

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jimg2000
Jul 19, 2012

Prequel to "Feast Day of Fools" with most of the unusual cast of extreme characters, with the border town old police chief boxed in the middle. (2nd reading and appreciated it more)

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baryonx
Dec 01, 2010

JLB's usual, which is to say VG to excellent. You get the usual atmospherics--never a dull weather day in Burkeland--wonderful dialogue, nine unforgettable characters--for all of whom one cheers--and a strong endorsement of aging with grace and power. Then there's the violence and the sewer-gas smell of death. I'd like to read this book again in Texas (where I used to live) because I think the pages would turn themselves.

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