James Lee Burke has won the Gold Dagger once and the Edgar Award twice, once for CIMARRON ROSE, the first novel in the Billy Bob Holland series '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 'Burke has got it right ... 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 'What keeps the pages turning is the pace and unpretentious clarity of the writing, along with the tension generated by the unpredictable collision of motives and interests' GUARDIAN
James Lee Burke is the author of many previous novels, including twelve featuring Detective Dave Robicheaux. He lives with his wife, Pearl, in Missoula, Montana and New Iberia, Louisiana.
Burke seems to absorb the mythos of the land he inhabits and then, remarkably, rework the spirit of these legends into his novels. In this fourth Billy Bob Holland tale, Billy now lives Missoula, MT, where he has opened a law practice and, along with his wife and son, has moved the ghost of his former partner in the Texas Rangers, L.Q. Navarro. Billy's first client is Johnny American Horse, a Native American activist who has more problems than Billy can see. In addition, Wyatt Dixon, the man who tried to murder Billy's wife, has been released from his 60-year jail sentence-and has decided to get reacquainted with the Holland family. Burke is able to bring all these stories together in another nonstop-action thriller. At the same time, he shows how a violent man can find redemption through forgiveness and how those ghosts from our past can sometimes show us the right path. An exceptionally good book, performed admirably by Tom Stechschulte; highly recommended for all libraries.-Theresa Connors, Arkansas Tech Univ., Russellville Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Narrator Stechschulte does an excellent job giving voice to the many eccentric characters in Burke's fourth novel starring former Texas Ranger Billy Bob Holland, last heard from in Bitterroot (2001). Billy Bob and his private investigator wife, Temple, have relocated to a ranch in Missoula, Mont. Not long after he hangs his attorney's shingle, Billy Bob receives a visit from ex-biker/rodeo clown Wyatt Dixon, who he helped send to jail for life in Bitterroot. Wyatt, free on a technicality, once buried Temple alive before spending time in federal prison. Now a born again Christian, he wants Holland to represent his horse-trading business. Here Stechschulte's talent truly shines. His portrayal of Wyatt's vacuous politeness is unnerving. Billy Bob doesn't trust him, nor does the listener. But should we? This is just the tip of a complicated ecoterrorist plot chock full of multifaceted characters, including an ex-mercenary police detective, a Native American Desert Storm hero/activist and a shady U.S. senator. Stechschulte penetrates the psyche of each of these players with incredible acuity, making this an excellent summer listen. Simultaneous release with the S&S hardcover (Forecasts, May 24). (June) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
James Lee Burke is the heavyweight champ, a great American novelist
whose work, taken individually or as a whole, is unsurpassed. *
Michael Connelly *
A gorgeous prose stylist. * Stephen King *
Richly deserves to be described now as one of the finest crime writers America has ever produced. * Daily Mail *
There are not many crime writers about whom one might invoke the name of Zola for comparison, but Burke is very much in that territory. His stamping ground is the Gulf coast, and one of the great strengths of his work has always been the atmospheric background of New Orleans and the bayous. His big, baggy novels are always about much more than the mechanics of the detective plot; his real subject, like the French master, is the human condition, seen in every situation of society. * Independent *
The king of Southern noir. * Daily Mirror *
His lyrical prose, his deep understanding of what makes people behave as they do, and his control of plot and pace are masterly. * Sunday Telegraph *
One of the finest American writers. * Guardian *
When it comes to literate, pungently characterised American crime writing, James Lee Burke has few peers. * Daily Express *