Celebrated crime master and two-time Edgar Award winner James Lee
Burke returns with a gorgeously crafted, brutally resonant chronicle of
violence along the Texas-Mexico border.
Sheriff Hackberry Holland
patrols a small Southwest Texas border town, meting out punishment and
delivering justice in his small square of this magnificent but lawless
land. When an alcoholic ex-boxer named Danny Boy Lorca begs to be locked
up after witnessing a man tortured to death by a group of bandits, Hack
and his deputy, Pam Tibbs, slowly extract the Indian man’s gruesome
tale. It becomes clear that the desert contains a multitude of
criminals, including serial murderer Preacher Jack Collins (whom The New York Times Book Review called “one of Burke’s most inspired villains”).
Holland’s investigation leads him to Anton Ling, a mysterious Chinese
woman whose steely demeanor and aristocratic beauty compel Hackberry to
return to her home again and again as the investigation unfolds.
James Lee Burke is at his engrossing and atmospheric best in this, his
thirtieth novel, as Hackberry plumbs the depths of man’s inhumanity to
man—from killers-for-hire, to the U.S. government, to the misguided
souls in search of a better life across the border.
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