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Feast Day of Fools by James Lee Burke
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FEAST DAY OF FOOLS. (2010). James Lee Burke. ****.
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 has gotten loose from his FBI captor and is now the object of an intense hunt by several groups of gangs who want him for themselves. The thought in each of their collective minds is that they could auction him off to the highest bidder – the likely buyer being Al-Queda. Throw in a bunch of lunatics who are mass murderers, although they pursue the calling of what they call religion, and soon you have a stew that is always on the boil. Holland, now nearly eighty-years old, and his two deputies, Pam and R. C., are in the thick of things, along with the FBI. They need to recapture our supposed rocket scientist and keep him among the good guys. All of the action takes place on the Texas-Mexico border and takes in a mix of drug smuggling and illegal alien smuggling, too. Holland has his hands full – mostly with weapons. Age has mellowed him, however, and he would prefer that his bad guys kill each other off and leave him to his small county duties. This novel is action-packed and paced so that the reader has difficulties putting it down. Recommended.
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