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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,169 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Lee Burke Narrator: Will Patton Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Billy Bob Holland Series Release Date:
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In The Moon of Red Ponies, Billy Bob Holland discovers that jail cells have revolving doors and the bad guys are back and aching for revenge.

Johnny American Horse is a young activist for land preservation and the rights of Native Americans. He is charged with the murder of two mysterious men who recently tried to kill him, or at least scare him off his political causes. Billy Bob discovers a web of intrigue surrounding the case and its players: Johnny’s girlfriend, Amber Finley, who seems as reckless as she is defiant; Darrel McComb, a Missoula police detective who is obsessed with Amber; and Seth Masterson, an enigmatic government agent, who makes Billy Bob wonder why Washington is so concerned with an obscure murder case on the fringes of the Bitterroot Mountains.

As the dead bodies multiply, Billy Bob is drawn closer to the truth behind Johnny American Horse’s arrest—and discovers a greater danger to himself and to his whole family. How Billy Bob strikes back at evil and protects his kin is the masterful triumph of In the Moon of Red Ponies.

Beautifully written, with an intriguing plot and characters whose conflicts seem as real as life itself, this novel shows James Lee Burke again in the top form that has made him a critical favorite and a national bestseller.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “What keeps the pages turning is the pace and unpretentious clarity of the writing, along with the tension generated by the unpredictable collison of motives and interests.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Burke's distinctive narrative style and a story which grips from the beginning make another first-rate read.”

    Sunday Telegraph (London)

  • “Burke has got it right this time, creating a modern western in which Holland oscillates between courtroom law and the law of the gun. Like all his fiction, it deftly blends lyrical passages and penetrating psychological studies.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “Thrilling stuff.”

    Observer (London)

  • “The best book James Lee Burke has written…it's likely to be a very long time before anything as good, let alone better, comes along.”

    Evening Standard (London)

  • “Of all American crime fiction writers James Lee Burke could be described as the most literary, with his grand themes of redemption and atonement. In this…Burke addresses the big question of the human potential to do good or evil.”

    Daily Mail (London)

  • “Rich, lyrical narrative, peopled by ghosts and visions…What he's really writing about, I suspect, is redemption and he does so with passion, skill, and a generous heart. Read it and be refreshed.”

    Literary Review (London)

  • “Burke's lyrical descriptions of the beauty of the boundless skies, mountains, forests, and wildlife of Montana are a constant counterpoint to the brutality that Billy Bob has to deal with. His sympathy for the plight of Native Americans and regret for all they have lost push this book way beyond thriller, yet Burke manages to drive the story along with relentless pace and ever-mounting suspense.”

    Irish Independent

  • “Top-notch…A gripping, spine-tingling finale.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This latest entry in the series…offers the perfect opportunity to let Billy Bob stand on his own feet.”


  • “[A] fast-paced mystery…Ponies is the best yet in the series.”

    Bookmarks magazine

  • “Cryptic and clever.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Morgan Karpiel | 2/15/2014

    " James Lee Burke is one of my favorite authors. His style is incredibly rich and beautiful and his characters always resonate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marti | 1/30/2014

    " As ever, a great read, this time featuring Billy Bob Holland, former Texas Ranger and now lawyer, his wife Temple, an investigator, and his son Lucas, who plays just a small role. The controversy centers around a Native American named Johnny American Horse, who marries Amber Finley, the daughter of a US Senator and a cast of not always honest people living in Missoula, Montana. There is intrigue, suspense, and as always, violence. Burke's Missoula is not dull, but would an exciting place to live. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marilyn | 1/24/2014

    " Like Burke's books set in the bayous, but this is a nice departure--different characters, different premises--still gripping and complex. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Zack Hinckley | 1/23/2014

    " This book is best on CD. Read by Will Patten, it is evil, violent, exciting, and rewarding, in the end. Also has one evil SOB as one of the characters. This is a Billy Bob Thornton mystery--Montana locale. "

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