Feast Day of Fools (Hackberry Holland #3)
Ever since Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid I've loved chase stories.
3* The Tin Roof Blowdown
CR Feast Day of Fools
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TBR Busting 2013
good start...gutsy gritty bloody...and i'd hazard some hard truths simply stated
yeah, i'll be looking for more from burke.
here's a sentence from late in the story:
upstairs, the thompson began firing again without letup, the rounds thudding...more
HIS CELEBRATED THIRTIETH NOVEL!
James Lee Burke returns to the Texas border town of his bestseller Rain Gods, where a serial killer presumed dead is very much alive . . . and where sheriff Hackberry Holland, now a widower, fights for survival—his own, and of the citizens he’s sworn to protect.
When alcoholic ex-boxer Danny Boy Lorca witnesses a man tortured to death in the desert, Hackberry’s investigation leads him to Anton Ling, a mysterious Chinese woman known for sheltering illegals. Ling
Simon & Schuster 463 pgs
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James Lee Burke is one of my top five authors. By my best accounting he has written 31 books. He is probably best known for the Dave Robicheaux novels that follow the life and times of a deputy sheriff in New Iberia, Louisiana. One of these novels, The Lost Get-Back Boogie, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
Mr. Burke has a gift for description that defies description so I won’t try. I’ll just say that you can feel...more
I did not enjoy this story which was full of evil and cruelty but stuck with it to...more
I felt as if this qualifies as a novel more than as a mystery, even when looking at "mystery" as "solving a puzzle" and not necessarily as "solving a murder."
Once you learn the meaning behind Feast Day of Fools, the title becomes a perfect fit for the storyline.
I have not read a Hackberry Holland book before and enjoyed Burke's story and character development. At times, his lush language got in the way and distracted me, but I know many people...more
That being said James Lee Burke has honed his craft writing 29 novels and receiving Edgar Awards. He is good at what he does. And w...more
That said, Feast Day of Fools left me pretty cold. The story never grabbed me (not that it won't grab you)......a scientist of sort has the design of a drone in his head. He is kidnapped for sale to Al Queda and when that's too difficult he's going to be sold to a mobster. He is finally protected by Preacher Jack Collins (a character from previous Burke novels who is a bit scary).
And the characters were troublesome: I like Hackberry Holland.....but...more
Midway through Feast Day Of Fools , I made a rough tabulation of how long I'd been reading James Lee Burke, and how many of his novels I'd read. My first Dave Robicheaux novel was A Morning For Flamingos, back in 1991. It's been 21 years now, and at least as many books. I...more
All three of James Lee Burke's main characters (Dave Robicheaux, Billy Bob Holland and Hackberry Holland) find their lives intersecting with unsavory characters who r...more
This is a complicated novel, one in which the author delves into a wide variety of moral and ethi...more
Similar and yet not to Burke's Dave Robicheaux series. Hackberry Holland is also a man beset by addictions as well as having principles. He had some sort of epiphany years ago and he no longer accepts corruption although it can take some interesting perspectives!
It's through Hack's interactions with various government agencies and the son of a senator that we view our governme...more
Sheriff Hackberry Holland is the hero of this latest thriller from Burke, one of the best writers working today. In this episode, Hackberry still mourns for his dead wife, but realizes that his deputy, Pam, is in love with him, although several decades separate their respective ages. Most of that goes by the wayside, however, when their latest case appears on the screen. It seems that a man responsible for the design of the Army’s drone missles...more
He tells Sheriff Hackberry Holland and his deputy that one man did escape and he heard the killers mention La Madelina, aka Anton Ling, a free spirited Chinese woman who sheltered illegal aliens. Danny also heard the leader referred to as Krill.
Krill has been hired to find the missing man, Noie Barnum because Barnum has info on the Preditor program and he wants to sell Barnum to Al Qaeda. Templ...more
Category – Mystery/Thriller
James Lee Burke has written 30 novels. He is probably best known for his series that takes place in Louisiana and features Dave Robicheaux.
“Feast of Fools” features Hackberry Holland and has been in two previous novels, the most recent one “Rain Gods”.
Holland’s novels take place in Texas and are full of lotsa’s – lotsa great characters, lotsa mystery, and lotsa action.
Hackberry is tormented by hi...more
Burke was born in Houston, Texas, but grew up on the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast. He attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the University of Missouri, receiving a...more