Feast Day of Fools Hardcover – 10 Nov 2011
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Burke gives us some wonderful dialogue between flawed characters reaching for higher truths, and some wickedly pungent descriptive passages ... superb writing. (Siobhan Murphy METRO)
Menacingly dark but with chinks of glittering perception, Lee Burke is the king of Southern noir. This complicated but utterly compelling tale finds Sheriff Hackberry Holland in a three-way manhunt - and it's the religious maniac who's most disturbing. (Henry Sutton DAILY MIRROR)
His set pieces are sharp and effective and his prose swoops and soars with a lyricism that would make a poet's heart ache with envy. The plot continues to drive you forward but you force yourself to slow down: to savour the quality of the words arranged on the page. (CRIMESQUAD.COM)
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"Feast Day" is set in the drug, arms and people smuggling borderlands of Southwest Texas, a physical and metaphorical landscape ideally suited to Burke's eschatological battles between good and evil. Sheriff Hackberry Holland (in his second appearance after being recalled from a 40 year hiatus in Rain Gods, published in 2009) and his team of deputies investigate the brutal murder of a DEA informant and the related disappearance of an escaped hostage who carries with him vital military secrets. They are not the only ones in the chase: the Feds, shadowy vigilantes with unspecified links to the government, a Mexican gang and a Russian led criminal group also show up. "Preacher Jack" Collins, the demonic killer who escaped justice in "Rain Gods," also inserts himself though it is debatable as to which side he is on.
Burke's characters are colorful and complex. In addition to the various well-sketched thugs, there is La Magdalena, a Chinese missionary with a CIA past, the Reverend Cody Daniels, a cowboy preacher out to expunge his own sins, and Danny Boy Lorca, a loser who witnessed the murder and decides to make amends. The good guys all have their demons and the villains (mostly) have flashes of honour.
Hack himself is a peculiar hero. He is almost 80 years old but manages physical feats and intimidates his foes as if he were in his prime. He is haunted by (among many things) his memories of the Korean War. One forms the impression that Burke would have preferred to make it the War Between the States but concluded that it would stretch credulity even further if his hero was aged 160.Read more ›
The plot, however, is, in some ways, just a device to allow Mr Burke to do what he does best - lyrical description of the surroundings and examination of good and evil. I loved the descriptions of the landscapes as I could almost feel I was there but the characters are, I think, a re-hash of Mr Burke's preoccupations. Hack is not so different from Dave Robicheaux, a recovering alcoholic with recurrent war dreams and a self righteous, unyielding personality who follows his own moral code.Read more ›
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What a thriller , written with such style and eloquence , his very trademark . To read all his books is to learn about human strengths and weaknesses and always leaves me feeling... Read morePublished 3 months ago by ALWYN HUGHES
Worthy of 4stars...but have to admit I'm hooked on James Burke so prejudiced in his favour.Published 9 months ago by Altosax
If you’ve never read a James Lee Burke book and might only ever read one of his complex examinations of America’s underbelly, then this is the one to read. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Rowena Hoseason
Fast flowing action by an author who paints a picture with his words better than any artist. A man's book.Published on 17 Jan. 2014 by Robert Fifield