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Feast Day of Fools - A Novel

James Lee Burke

Sheriff Hackberry Holland patrols a small Southwest Texas border town with a deep and abiding respect for the citizens in his care. Still mourning the loss of his cherished wife and locked in a perilous almost-romance with his deputy, Pam Tibbs, a woman many decades his junior, Hackberry feeds off the deeds of evil men to keep his own demons at bay. When alcoholic ex-boxer Danny Boy Lorca witnesses a man tortured to death in the desert and reports it, Hack's investigation leads to the home of Anton Ling, a regal, mysterious Chinese woman whom the locals refer to as La Magdalena and who is known for sheltering illegals. Ling denies having seen the victim or the perpetrators, but there is something in her steely demeanor and aristocratic beauty that compels Hackberry to return to her home again and again as the investigation unfolds. Could it be that the sheriff is so taken in by this creature who reminds him of his deceased wife that he would ignore the possibility that she is just as dangerous as the men she harbors? The danger in the desert increases tenfold with the return of serial murderer Preacher Jack Collins, whom The New York Times called "one of Burke's most inspired villains." Presumed dead at the close of Rain Gods, Preacher Jack has reemerged with a calm, single-minded zeal for killing that is more terrifying than the muzzle flash of his signature machine gun. But this time he and Sheriff Holland have a common enemy. Praised by Joyce Carol Oates for "the luminosity of his writerly voice," James Lee Burke returns with his most allegorical novel to date, illuminating vital issues of our time—immigration, energy, religious freedom—with the rich atmosphere and devastatingly flawed, authentic characters that readers have come to celebrate during the five decades of his brilliant career.

Sheriff Hackberry Holland patrols a small Southwest Texas border town with a deep and abiding respect for the citizens in his care. Still mourning the loss of his cherished wife and locked in a perilous almost-romance with his deputy, Pam Tibbs, a woman many decades his junior, Hackberry feeds off the deeds of evil men to keep his own demons at bay. When alcoholic ex-boxer Danny Boy Lorca witnesses a man tortured to death in the desert and reports it, Hack's investigation leads to the home of Anton Ling, a regal, mysterious Chinese woman whom the locals refer to as La Magdalena and who is known for sheltering illegals. Ling denies having seen the victim or the perpetrators, but there is something in her steely demeanor and aristocratic beauty that compels Hackberry to return to her home again and again as the investigation unfolds. Could it be that the sheriff is so taken in by this creature who reminds him of his deceased wife that he would ignore the possibility that she is just as dangerous as the men she harbors? The danger in the desert increases tenfold with the return of serial murderer Preacher Jack Collins, whom The New York Times called "one of Burke's most inspired villains." Presumed dead at the close of Rain Gods, Preacher Jack has reemerged with a calm, single-minded zeal for killing that is more terrifying than the muzzle flash of his signature machine gun. But this time he and Sheriff Holland have a common enemy. Praised by Joyce Carol Oates for "the luminosity of his writerly voice," James Lee Burke returns with his most allegorical novel to date, illuminating vital issues of our time—immigration, energy, religious freedom—with the rich atmosphere and devastatingly flawed, authentic characters that readers have come to celebrate during the five decades of his brilliant career.
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Sheriff Hackberry Holland patrols a small Southwest Texas border town with a deep and abiding respect for the citizens in his care. Still mourning the loss of his cherished wife and locked in a perilous almost-romance with his deputy, Pam Tibbs, a woman many decades his junior, Hackberry feeds off the deeds of evil men to keep his own demons at bay. When alcoholic ex-boxer Danny Boy Lorca witnesses a man tortured to death in the desert and reports it, Hack's investigation leads to the home of Anton Ling, a regal, mysterious Chinese woman whom the locals refer to as La Magdalena and who is known for sheltering illegals. Ling denies having seen the victim or the perpetrators, but there is something in her steely demeanor and aristocratic beauty that compels Hackberry to return to her home again and again as the investigation unfolds. Could it be that the sheriff is so taken in by this creature who reminds him of his deceased wife that he would ignore the possibility that she is just as dangerous as the men she harbors? The danger in the desert increases tenfold with the return of serial murderer Preacher Jack Collins, whom The New York Times called "one of Burke's most inspired villains." Presumed dead at the close of Rain Gods, Preacher Jack has reemerged with a calm, single-minded zeal for killing that is more terrifying than the muzzle flash of his signature machine gun. But this time he and Sheriff Holland have a common enemy. Praised by Joyce Carol Oates for "the luminosity of his writerly voice," James Lee Burke returns with his most allegorical novel to date, illuminating vital issues of our time—immigration, energy, religious freedom—with the rich atmosphere and devastatingly flawed, authentic characters that readers have come to celebrate during the five decades of his brilliant career.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Will Patton

Length:

16h 12m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:55


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

14:10


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

17:03


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

12:25


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

21:06


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:29


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

13:01


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

20:35


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

25:31


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:00


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

10:35


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

21:49


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

23:30


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

17:54


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

11:40


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

19:23


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

16:25


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

18:18


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

21:17


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

18:15


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

11:56


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

21:29


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

24:12


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:24


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

18:17


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

14:01


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

21:22


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

13:45


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

14:54


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

26:18


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

18:34


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

17:47


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

22:51


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

17:17


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

20:02


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

15:59


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:01


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

27:31


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

29:00


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

10:05


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

28:30


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

25:37


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

17:33


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

13:56


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

25:09


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

11:08


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

24:43


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

19:17


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

12:49


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

29:42


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:27


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

26:01


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

27:17


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

23:01


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

01:19