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 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 US government, to the misguided souls in search of a better life across
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