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3.0004995004995 out of 53.0004995004995 out of 53.0004995004995 out of 53.0004995004995 out of 53.0004995004995 out of 5 3.00 (2,002 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Lee Burke Narrator: Will Patto Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Hackberry Holland Series Release Date:
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When Hackberry Holland became sheriff of a tiny Texas town near the Mexican border, he'd hoped to leave certain things behind: his checkered reputation, his haunted dreams, and his obsessive memories of the good life with his late wife, Rie. But the discovery of the bodies of nine illegal aliens, machine-gunned to death and buried in a shallow grave behind a church, soon makes it clear that he won't escape so easily.

As Hack and Deputy Sheriff Pam Tibbs attempt to untangle the threads of this complex and grisly case, a damaged young Iraq veteran, Pete Flores, and his girlfriend, Vikki Gaddis, are running for their lives, hoping to outwit the bloodthirsty criminals who want to kill Pete for his involvement in the murders. The only trouble is, Pete doesn't know who he's running from: drunk and terrified, he fled the scene of the crime when the shooting began. And there's a long list of people who want Pete and Vikki dead: crime boss Hugo Cistranos, who hired Pete for the operation; Nick Dolan, a strip club owner and small-time gangster with revenge on his mind; and a mysterious God-fearing serial-killer-for-hire known as Preacher Jack Collins, with enigmatic motives of his own.

With the FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and a host of cold-blooded killers on Pete and Vikki's trail, it's up to Sheriff Holland to find them first and figure out who's behind the mass murder before anyone else ends up dead. In this thrilling and intricate work, James Lee Burke has once again proven himself a master storyteller and a perceptive chronicler of the darkest corners of the human heart.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “As always, Burke’s portrayal of the ugliness of human behavior set against the higher moral standards of those who fight evil is irresistible.”

    USA Today

  • “Totally riveting.”

    New York Daily News

  • Rain Gods is its own stylish slice of contemporary Texas noir.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Burke is a deliberate storyteller; he doesn’t skimp on the action, but his exploration of human foibles is deep, and his characters are true...Rain Gods is about catching the bad guys, but it’s also a moving, melancholy examination of how we do wrong, then try our best to atone.”

    Miami Herald

  • “Colorful prose, venal characters, haunted landscape, total entertainment.”

    San Diego Union Tribune

  • Rain Gods is Burke’s most intricately plotted crime novel yet... And as always in a James Lee Burke novel, one of the main characters is the landscape itself, lovingly described in lyrical passages.”

    Associated Press

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Stacia | 2/10/2014

    " I was hoping I had not read this one - but I have. I wish Burke would write some more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Adam Hegg | 1/30/2014

    " Despite Burke being among my favorite writers (a group who is so large that the designation is almost meaningless) I had not read any books outside of his Dave Robicheaux books. This was a delight. Well, that is a strange way to characterize a story centered around the murder of a group of young women and the machinations of the organized crime around the killing...but a delight nonetheless. I am fond of the way Burke turns a phrase. His metaphors and allusions wash over me like so much mollasses. There is such a strong sense of place in all of Burke's novels and that is certainly evident in this one. I will not belabor the point but suffice it to say I loved meeting Hackberry and will follow Burke in any direction even if it is off the Bayou. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by rinabeana | 1/20/2014

    " I liked Hack much better than in the first book, though it took a little while to adjust to the third person narrative and the fact that so much time had elapsed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Amy | 1/18/2014

    " Sodden with simile and so thick with purple prose hard to see through it all to the heart of the story. It wasn't a bad premise but it buckled under its own weight. "

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