- Paperback: 560 pages
- Publisher: Orion (24 Jun. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 075382745X
- ISBN-13: 978-0753827451
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 3.6 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Rain Gods (Hackberry Holland) Paperback – 24 Jun 2010
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James Lee Burke is the heavyweight champ, a great American novelist whose work, taken individually or as a whole, is unsurpassed. (Michael Connelly)
A gorgeous prose stylist. (Stephen King)
Richly deserves to be described now as one of the finest crime writers America has ever produced. (Daily Mail)
There are not many crime writers about whom one might invoke the name of Zola for comparison, but Burke is very much in that territory. His stamping ground is the Gulf coast, and one of the great strengths of his work has always been the atmospheric background of New Orleans and the bayous. His big, baggy novels are always about much more than the mechanics of the detective plot; his real subject, like the French master, is the human condition, seen in every situation of society. (Independent)
The king of Southern noir. (Daily Mirror)
His lyrical prose, his deep understanding of what makes people behave as they do, and his control of plot and pace are masterly. (Sunday Telegraph)
One of the finest American writers. (Guardian)
When it comes to literate, pungently characterised American crime writing, James Lee Burke has few peers. (Daily Express)
James Lee Burke with a compelling character: a sheriff with a haunted past on the hunt for a deranged killer.See all Product description
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A chilling crime initiates the story and Hack along with deputy Pam is drawn into the investigation of the crime, along with an FBI investigator and a Immigration investigator. The latter coming into the story with a seemingly inappropriate history. There are several unpleasant characters, all reflections of the horsemen of the apocalypse or outriders to that group. An Irish psychopath with psychotic delusions of his cosmic importance is a strange inclusion. Although the perpetrator of the dreadful crime, his inclusion amongst shady business men from Louisiana and Texas needs a clearer explanation.
As usual, James Lee Burke's writing is colourful and imaginative, especially his metaphorical descriptions of the landscape. Woven into the story are some historical facts concerning The Alamo battle and consequesnces which will appeal to readers with an historical interest.
I found the similarities with Robicheaux somewhat frustrating as if Hack was overlaid and then altered to fit; The Korean War vs Vietnam;a history of alcohol abuse; a potentially violent partner, are just a few of these that make Hack seem just a tad unreal.
Coming so close after Swan Peak I found the read not quite as enthralling and that is perhpas because I am a keener fan of Robicheaux. Overall, I would recommend the novel as a study of the often pivotal nature of human evil. Fortunately, the horsemen and outriders, in the main, come to appropriate ends.
Yet again a good read.
All achieved by a disparate population who by working together achieved a wonder of the ages.
I look forward to reading the next installment which is already on my book shelf. Thank you James Lee Burke.
Burke's novel has more social commentary than any that has gone before, and my one criticism is the overy simplistic imagery used in the finale. I, for better or worse, read fiction for the pleasure of escapism. I have my own opinions on the current war of ideologies that exists in the world, and while I don't disagree with Burke, I like to keep my fiction and fact pile of books very seperate.
All in all, I have to highly recommend this book and would encourage anyone who has not read James Lee Burke to start immediately.
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