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In The Moon Of Red Ponies by James Lee Burke
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Feb 05, 2009

Burke sets his fourth Billy Bob Holland crime drama on the edge of the Bitterroot Mountains in Montana. This fast-paced mystery occasionally slows to a tumbleweed pace so the author can comment on the treatment of Native Americans, corporate misuses of the environment, and governmental intrusion into privacy. But when his intriguing characters demand equal attention, Burke crafts action sequences so realistic you can practically smell the gunpowder and sweat. Some critics cite gratuitous plotting and uneven characters. But with the reappearance of homicidal rodeo clown Wyatt Dixon (who buried the hero's wife alive in the third installment, Bitteroot), most agree that Ponies is the best yet in the series.

This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine.


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