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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,001 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Lee Burke Narrator: Will Patto Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged 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. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Crazy he may be, but Preacher is one of Burke’s most inspired villains—cruel and violent, but also profoundly moralistic and self-loathing, qualities that he shares with Hackberry Holland, as he informs the guilt-haunted sheriff when they finally meet.” 

    New York Times

  • “One of Burke’s most powerful books.” 

    Independent (London)

  • “Burke is not just maintaining his high level of writing that runs throughout more than thirty books…he’s getting better, tighter, leaner, tougher.” 

    California Literary Review

  • “The landscape of Rain Gods is harsh, the chase scenes harrowing, the denouement crackling with lightning and mad laughter, not to mention tarantulas and rattlers…James Lee Burke knows how to creep us out, and bring us to ground with a jolt.” 

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Larry Gold | 2/20/2014

    " I'm about 1/3 through. One of our best writers, but at times the artistry overwhelms the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ronald E. | 2/7/2014

    " Good ole' vet cowboy cop and young assistant in Texas trying to catch a bunch of psycho assassins. Got to love it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by John | 2/4/2014

    " This is Burke's version of No Country for Old Men, and I think it's probably better than Cormac McCarthy's book. Also now has a sequel that I think is a bit better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mike Gillespie | 1/28/2014

    " I enjoyed this book for its interesting, flawed characters and its depiction of Texas. A bit ponderous in the middle but still a wonderful book. "

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