When hack attempts to overturn a conviction for an old army buddy, he finds himself embroiled in the seamy underbelly of the Texas patronage system—and in the earliest beginnings of the United Farm Workers movement, led by a beautiful woman who speaks to his heart in a way no one else has. As hack begins to bring justice to the underserved, he finds both a new love and a new purpose.
With his skillful blend of engaging plotlines, compelling characters, and graceful prose, James Lee Burke demonstrates the shimmering clarity of vision that has made him beloved by suspense fans all over the globe. But hack would prefer to drink, look after his beloved horses, and represent the occasional long-shot pro bono case at his law firm.
Vintage james lee burke: the first novel introducing the memorable Texas sheriff Hackberry Holland, coming of age against the backdrop of the civil rights era in a sultry border town. In hot and sultry texas, an attorney and korean War POW, is being pushed by his wife, his brother, Hack, and his so-called friends in the oil business to run for political office.
Rain Gods: A Novel Hackberry Holland Book 2
Sorting through the lowlifes who are hunting down pete, Hack is caught up in a terrifying race for survival—for Pete, a Godfearing serial killer for hire, in the mix, and with Preacher Jack Collins, Vikki, and himself. Damaged young iraq vet pete flores, Vikki Gaddis, and his girlfriend, who saw too much before fleeing the crime scene, are running for their lives.
Haunted by a past he can’t shake and his own private demons, Hack attempts to untangle the grisly case, which may lead to more bloodshed. America’s best novelist” the denver post brings back one of his most fascinating characters—Texas sheriff Hackberry Holland, cousin to lawman Billy Bob Holland—in this heart-pounding bestseller.
In a heat-cracked border town, the bodies of nine illegal aliens—women and girls, killed execution-style—are unearthed in a shallow grave.
Feast Day of Fools: A Novel Hackberry Holland Book 3
And when soulless preacher Jack Collins reemerges, the cold-blooded killer may prove invaluable to Hackberry. Ling denies any knowledge of the attack, but something in her aristocratic beauty seduces Hack into overlooking that she is as dangerous as the men she harbors. This time, he and the Preacher have a common enemy.
. 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. The critically acclaimed thirtieth entry from new York Times bestselling author James Lee Burke, Western, featuring Texas Sheriff Hackberry Holland in an epic tale that is equal parts thriller, and literary masterpiece.
James lee burke returns to the texas border town of his bestseller Rain Gods, now a widower, where a serial killer presumed dead is very much alive…and where sheriff Hackberry Holland, fights for survival—his own, and of the citizens he’s sworn to protect.
Heartwood Billy Bob Holland Book 2
But in holland's dusty little hometown of deaf Smith, in the hill country north of Austin, local kingpin Earl Deitrich has made a fortune running roughshod and tainting anyone who stands in his way. Billy bob has problems with deitrich and his shamelessly callous demeanor, but can't shake the legacy of his passion for Deitrich's "heartbreak-beautiful" wife, Peggy Jean.
When holland takes on the defense of wilbur pickett--a man accused of stealing an heirloom and three hundred thousand dollars in bonds from Deitrich's office--he finds himself up against not only Earl's power and influence, but also a past Billy Bob can't will away. A wonderfully realized novel, rich in texas atmosphere and lore, Heartwood could only have been written by James Lee Burke, and a dazzling portrait of the deadly consequences of self-delusion, a writer in expert command of his craft.
. A brilliantly layered novel of crime, character, and place from the two-time Edgar Award winner, Gold Dagger Award winner, and New York Times bestselling author of Sunset Limited. Few writers in america today combine James Lee Burke's lush prose, crackling story lines, and tremendous sense of history and landscape.
In cimmaron rose, longtime fans of the dave robicheaux series found that the struggles of Texas defense attorney Billy Bob Holland show Burke at his best in exploring classic American themes--the sometimes subtle, often violent strains between the haves and the have-nots; the collision of past and present; the inequities in the criminal justice system.
Heartwood is a kind of tree that grows in layers. And as billy bob's grandfather once told him, you do well in life by keeping the roots in a clear stream and not letting anyone taint the water for you.
Cimarron Rose A Holland Family Novel
But when lucas overhears gruesome tales of serial murder from a neighboring cell in the local lock-up, he himself looks like a candidate for an untimely death, and Billy Bob incurs enemies far more dangerous than any he faced as a Ranger. Years back he was a close friend of Mrs. His lawyer, former texas ranger billy bob holland, is convinced of Lucas’s innocence—but proving it means unearthing the truth from the seething mass of deceit and corruption that spreads like wildfire in a gossipy small town where everybody knows everybody else’s business.
With the same electric language and hard-edged style that brought James Lee Burke’s Dave Robicheaux novels to the forefront of American crime fiction, Cimarron Rose explodes with a harsh, evocative setting and unforgettable characters. Billy bob’s relationship with Lucas’s family is not an easy one.
. Smothers—too close, according to her husband. Texas attorney billy bob holland must confront the past in order to save his illegitimate son from a murder conviction in this brilliant, fast-paced thriller from beloved New York Times bestselling author James Lee Burke. Lucas smothers, nineteen and from the wrong end of town, has been arrested for the rape and murder of a local girl.
Bitterroot: A Novel Billy Bob Holland Book 3
The two series describe different landscapes, home, but one theme remains constant: the inner conflict when upright men are provoked into violence in defense of hearth, women, and children. As usa today noted in discussing the parallels between billy Bob Holland and Burke's other popular series hero, David Robicheaux, "Robicheaux and Holland are two of a kind, white-hat heroes whose essential goodness doesn't keep them from fighting back.
But beneath the guise of justice for the weak and downtrodden lies a tendency for violence that at times becomes more terrifying than the danger he is trying to eradicate. Dave battles alcoholism and the ghosts of Vietnam; Billy Bob actually sees ghosts, including the Ranger he accidentally gunned down.
. But most of all, both protagonists hold a vision of a pure and simple life. In bitterroot, and crafted with the lyrical prose and the elegiac tone that have inspired many critics to compare him to William Faulkner, with its rugged and vivid setting, unforgettable characters, its intricate plot, and a set of remarkable, James Lee Burke has written a thriller destined to surpass the success of his previous novels.
Set in the bitterroot valley of montana, burke's novel features billy bob holland, as well as to xenophobes dedicated to establishing a bulkhead of patriotic paranoia, home to celebrities seeking to escape the pressures of public life, former Texas Ranger and now a Texas-based lawyer, who has come to Big Sky Country for some fishing and ends up helping out an old friend in trouble.
Following his acclaimed bestseller Purple Cane Road, James Lee Burke returns with a triumphant tour de force. There are plenty of parallels.
House of the Rising Sun: A Novel A Holland Family Novel
Bestselling author james lee burke’s “stunning” publishers Weekly, circumstance, starred review masterpiece is the story of a father and son separated by war, and a race for the Holy Grail—a thrilling entry in the Holland family saga. After a violent encounter that leaves four mexican soldiers dead, ishmael, earning the ire of a bloodthirsty Austrian arms dealer who places Hack’s son, Texas Ranger Hackberry Holland escapes the country in possession of a stolen artifact believed to be the mythic cup of Christ, squarely in the cross hairs of a plot to recapture his prize.
In her own way, to vanquish their enemies, each woman will aid Hack in his quest to reconcile with Ishmael, and to return the Grail to its rightful place. On the journey from revolutionary mexico in 1918 to the saloons of san antonio during the hole in the wall gang’s reign, we meet three extraordinary women: the Danish immigrant who is Ishmael’s mother and Hackberry’s one true love; a brothel madam descended from the Crusader knight who brought the Shroud of Turin back from the Holy Land; and a onetime lover of the Sundance Kid, whose wiles rival those of Lady Macbeth.
. An epic tale of love, and retribution, betrayal, loss, vengeance, The House of the Rising Sun further cements Burke’s reputation as “one of America’s all-time masters” New York Journal of Books.
In the Moon of Red Ponies: A Novel Billy Bob Holland Book 4
His first client in missoula is Johnny American Horse, a young activist for land preservation and the rights of Native Americans. As billy bob investigates, as reckless as she is defiant—and the daughter of one of montana's us senators; darrel McComb, he discovers a web of intrigue surrounding the case and its players: Johnny's girlfriend, a Missoula police detective who is obsessed with Amber; and Seth Masterson, Amber Finley, an enigmatic government agent whose presence in town makes Billy Bob wonder why Washington has become so concerned with an obscure murder case on the fringes of the Bitterroot Mountains.
. Beautifully written, with an intriguing plot and characters whose conflicts seem as real as life itself, this novel shows James Lee Burke again in the top form that has made him a critical favorite and a national bestseller. But in in the moon of red ponies, he discovers that jail cells have revolving doors and that the government he had sworn to serve may have become his enemy.
Haunting suspense and captivating villains, are brilliantly evoked in his new Billy Bob Holland opus, the hallmark of James Lee Burke's bestselling novels of evil and redemption, the follow-up to the popular and critically acclaimed Bitterroot. James lee burke tells a story in a style all his own, in language that's alive, electric.
After vanquishing a truly iniquitous collection of violent individuals, Billy moved his family to west Montana and hung out a shingle for his law practice. He's a master at setting mood, laying in atmosphere, all with quirky dialogue that's a delight. Elmore leonard in james lee burke's last novel featuring Billy Bob Holland, Bitterroot, the former Texas Ranger left his home state to help a friend threatened by the most dangerous sociopath Billy Bob had ever faced.
Two for Texas
Terrified for his life, on the run through the bayou with fellow escapee Hugh Allison and a beautiful Indian squaw, Son flees across the river to Texas, where the only chance the travelers have for survival awaits in a violent storm of revolution led by General Houston and James Bowie. Son holland escaped a Louisiana chain gang—but never intended to kill a prison guard during the breakaway.
This early james lee burke classic is available again—featuring Son Holland, the great-grandfather of beloved hero Billy Bob Holland, as he flees a Louisiana prison camp with a Native American woman and a fellow prisoner in tow. James lee burke steps back three generations to reveal the lightning-paced tale of western lawman Billy Bob Holland’s great-grandfather, a fugitive swept up in the proud fight for Texan independence.
Wayfaring Stranger: A Novel A Holland Family Novel
In just a few years’ time weldon will spar with the jackals of the industry, rub shoulders with dangerous men, and win and lose fortunes twice over. A confrontation with the outlaws ends with Weldon firing a gun, unsure whether it hit its mark. Ten years later, second lieutenant weldon holland barely survives the battle of the Bulge, and a young Spanish prisoner of war, in the process saving the lives of his sergeant, Hershel Pine, Rosita Lowenstein—a woman who holds the same romantic power over him as the strawberry blonde Bonnie Parker, and is equally mysterious.
. A tender love story and pulse-pounding thriller, wayfaring Stranger "is a sprawling historical epic full of courage and loyalty and optimism and good-heartedness that reads like an ode to the American Dream" Benjamin Percy, Poets & Writers. In his most ambitious work yet, New York Times bestseller James Lee Burke tells a classic American story through one man's unforgettable life.
In 1934, sixteen-year-old weldon avery Holland happens upon infamous criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow after one of their notorious armed robberies. The three return to texas where Weldon and Hershel get in on the ground floor of the nascent oil business. But it is the prospect of losing his one true love that will spur his most reckless act yet—one inspired by that encounter long ago with the outlaws of his youth.
The Jealous Kind: A Novel A Holland Family Novel
But when aaron spots the beautiful Valerie Epstein at a drive-in, he steps in when he sees her fighting with her boyfriend, Grady Harrelson. Grady is a live wire though, and presents a looming problem for Aaron. New york times bestselling author and “the reigning champ of nostalgia noir” The New York Times Book Review James Lee Burke returns with a powerful novel in the Holland Family series, an atmospheric coming-of-age story set in 1950s Texas, as the specter of the Korean War looms.
On its surface, restless teens, drive-in movies, life in 1950s Houston is as you’d expect; stoic fathers, and souped-up Cadillacs. The jealous kind illustrates how first loves, violence, friendship, and power can alter what traditional America means for the people trying to find their way in a changing world.
You will recall the feelings and inspirational power of your first love, and empathize with Aaron’s extraordinary challenges to protect himself and the ones he loves in “this dark, atmospheric story” Publishers Weekly. But underneath that surface lies a world shifting under high school junior Aaron Holland Broussard’s feet.
The underlying class war between the haves and have nots is growing steadily, along with the menace of conflict overseas in Korea, providing a harrowing backdrop to his growth to manhood. Aaron’s newfound confidence helps catch Valerie’s eye, and the two begin dating.