This is the second novel that turns up the character Hackberry Holland. The first one was a pretty good story. This one finds an older Hack, as a Sheriff now, in a pit of vipers attempting to locate the killers that slaughtered a bunch of Asian hookers behind an abandoned church. Burke uses words to paint vistas of a majestic grandeur that evoke images of the hard country that he writes about, and the characters that inhabit that land are brought to life through the spirit of his words. This novel can almost be read as a stand alone without having read the first novel. But where is the fun in that. I knocked off a half of a star on my rating letting this one go at four and a half. This was due to the ending. Maybe it was just me, but I thought it was just a little flat after all of the lead in from the rest of the book. This still does not distract from the great skills that I see in this author.