Feast Day of Fools

Feast Day of Fools 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 perilou

  • Title: Feast Day of Fools
  • Author: James Lee Burke
  • ISBN: 9781451643114
  • Page: 483
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Feast Day of Fools

    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 boxerSheriff 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 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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    1. Cathrine ☯️

      3.75★Following closely on the end pages of Rain Gods, there’s more stuff hitting the fan deep in the south of Texas, too much stuff. While I would normally say I can’t get enough, this one could have been edited down just a tad. By the end it was a bit messy and overwrought. Nonetheless I enjoyed the journey if not the destination. Sheriff Hackberry Holland (JLB’s alter ego me thinks) and Chief Deputy Pam Tibbs (more about her in a minute) are back, not to mention the scariest man Hack h [...]

    2. Paul Nelson

      Chalk me up to the James Lee Burke hero worshipping fan club, I wanna go to Texas, the place has an atmosphere and the author brings it to your door in all its glory, although glory is perhaps the wrong word, sordid and a mite sleazy may be a more apt descriptions. Feast day of fools is the third in the Hackberry Holland trilogy and if you read my review of Rain Gods you'll know how highly I rate this series. This one maintains those high standards but please be aware that if you start this ser [...]

    3. Mary

      I have just finished reading James Burke’s Feast Day of Fools. There were several times during the reading that I wanted to stop and just put it away but I kept on. I kept on because I wanted to understand why this book was so popular and highly recommended. Reviews use terms like “riveting”, “irresistible”, “an exemplar of all that is great in American writing”. The characters are described as “authentic” and “one of Burke’s most inspired villains.” What the book is act [...]

    4. Faith

      This is a good thriller provided that you don't demand a high degree of plausibility in your books. The book has the largest collection of sick, twisted, violent men I think I've ever encountered in a book. Whole heaps of psychotic behavior were on display. I lost track of who mutilated/tortured/killed who and why. If you don't believe this book is over the top, one character gets crucified, another has his hand and foot amputated, another carries the mummified remains of his dead children aroun [...]

    5. Michelle Lancaster

      By James Lee BurkeSimon & Schuster 463 pgs978-1-4516-4311-4Rating - Read This!James Lee Burke is one of my top five authors. By my best accounting he has written 31 books. He is probably best known for the Dave Robicheaux novels that follow the life and times of a deputy sheriff in New Iberia, Louisiana. One of these novels, The Lost Get-Back Boogie, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.Mr. Burke has a gift for description that defies description so I won’t try. I’ll just say that you can [...]

    6. Donna Bridwell

      James Lee Burke has been quoted as saying Feast Day of Fools is his best work to date. I haven’t read all of his novels, but I have read several, and I can agree that Feast Day of Fools is the best of his books that I have read (although all I have read are quite good). Feast Day of Fools has several intricate, almost allegorical, themes and subplots. The characterizations are thorough, with most of the main characters being neither 100% good or evil, but an interesting combination of both – [...]

    7. wally

      never have read a single story from this writerbut a few pages into this one and i can tell you that i'll be looking for more. wish i knew exactly how i came about this one, likelyor i wonder if it had to do w/that other'n i readwarlock.good starttsy gritty bloodyd i'd hazard some hard truths simply stateddoneah, i'll be looking for more from burke's a sentence from late in the story:upstairs, the thompson began firing again without letup, the rounds thudding into walls all over the house, the c [...]

    8. Kathy

      Fools, mostly evil filled, flawed ones, populate this latest novel from James Lee Burke. And there is plenty of violence in this novel filled with violent and damaged people. The sociopath Preacher Jack Collins, probably Burke's most evil character ever, returns from the previous Hack Holland novel, Rain Gods. James Lee Burke's writing is brilliant as usual surprises there. If you look past the violence you can see his thoughts and views on politics and religion woven into the story.Preacher Jac [...]

    9. Ishmael Seaward

      Not one of his better books. The cast of characters seems unlikely for the location, (a Russian gangster who runs a game farm?) and Jack Collins reappears. Jack Collins is one of the most inconsistent characters I have come across, obviously educated but given to wasting the education on people who do not or cannot appreciate it, and then complaining about it. I had very little sense of the time span of this book, whether two days or two weeks. Burke also seemed more interested in describing the [...]

    10. Dan Oko

      I liked this a lot, but I am not impartial. I don't read much of what might be considered genre fiction, but Jim Burke is a best-selling author, who has a been nominated for a Pulitzer, and a guy I admire. I met James Lee Burke at a film premiere for the ill-fated film adaptation of Heaven's Prisoners, when I was living in Missoula, Montana. The movie was not good. But in the books, his cinematic take on the criminal underworld, and moreover his sympathetic hero Detective Dave Robicheaux, a reco [...]

    11. Michael

      On the Texas border by Mexico, Danny Boy Lorca, a former boxer and alcoholic witnesses a brutal murder.He tells Sheriff Hackberry Holland and his deputy that one man did escape and he heard the killers mention La Madelina, aka Anton Ling, a free spirited Chinese woman who sheltered illegal aliens. Danny also heard the leader referred to as Krill.Krill has been hired to find the missing man, Noie Barnum because Barnum has info on the Preditor program and he wants to sell Barnum to Al Qaeda. Templ [...]

    12. Rapidio

      I have been a fan of James Lee Burke for many years, but I must say that this book is awful. His writing is as lyrical as ever and his descriptions of place are stellar, but even these strengths cannot save this totally unbelievable tale of good v evil, sorrow and redemption. Burke has always dealt in mans' inhumanity to man, but I fail to see how this volume adds to his panoply in any relevant manner. I would not recommend this book, even to fans of the author

    13. Joe

      Another fascinating story and novel by JLB, very descriptive details of the Texas setting with intricate and flawed characters results in a very thought provoking but enjoyable read. James Lee Burke is a master.

    14. Bettie☯

      5 days late for April Fools Day 2013, however this will do whilst my Rosado is charging *kerchinggggg!*Ever since Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid I've loved chase stories.3* The Tin Roof BlowdownCR Feast Day of FoolsOTBR into WPB:Burning AngelTBR Busting 2013

    15. Sue

      Very violent, full of "bad guys," some of whom the author ultimately hoped the reader would vindicate later. There was really no one to root for. I had a hard time not giving it just one star

    16. Erdmannlibob

      Sam Peckinpah-meets-Elmore Leonard-meets-Quentin Tarantino.Man nehme als Schauplatz eine Ortschaft in der Wüste nahe der texanisch-mexikanischen Grenze, gebe ihr einen Sheriff der stark an Clint Eastwood erinnert und stelle ihm zwei taffe weibliche Deputys zur Seite. Diese Gesetzeshüter verwickelt man in einen Mordfall und konfrontiert sie mit einem Sammelsurium an fantastischen Charakteren und lässt der Geschichte seinen Lauf. Zusätzlich hat der Autor mit Preacher Jack Collins einen der woh [...]

    17. Ren

      Preacher Jack Collins 2 enough said. Feast Day of Fools is not one of his best but still a good read with all the good things we expect from Burke the master of his craft. 4 ish stars for this Hackberry installment numero trois.JLB remains one of favorite writers of crime fictionever.

    18. Darrell Reimer

      The old gent manning the toll booth at Jasper National Park almost always had his nose buried in a paperback. One morning I asked him what he was reading. “Oh,” he said, grinning; “Louis L'Amour. Nobody writes 'em like he does!”Midway through Feast Day Of Fools, I made a rough tabulation of how long I'd been reading James Lee Burke, and how many of his novels I'd read. My first Dave Robicheaux novel was A Morning For Flamingos, back in 1991. It's been 21 years now, and at least as many b [...]

    19. Larry H

      At age 75, James Lee Burke may be one of our greatest living crime writers, if not simply one of the best writers around. He's won two Edgar Awards, been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and created some fantastically vivid characters in his more than 30 books. If you haven't read anything he has written, pick up one of his books. You won't be sorry. Burke usually writes a novel a year, and lately switches between his longtime protagonist, Louisiana police detective Dave Robichaux, and Texas sher [...]

    20. Peter Boysen

      The 1890 U.S. Census was the first to report that all of the territory of the United States had been charted. As the twentieth century dawned, and technology created more and more ways to connect people to the government, from utility service to cellular phones to IP addresses, there were fewer and fewer ways to stay "off the grid."All three of James Lee Burke's main characters (Dave Robicheaux, Billy Bob Holland and Hackberry Holland) find their lives intersecting with unsavory characters who r [...]

    21. Walter Cohen

      Let's be clear: I am a big James Lee Burke fan. That said, Feast Day of Fools left me pretty cold. The story never grabbed me (not that it won't grab you)a scientist of sort has the design of a drone in his head. He is kidnapped for sale to Al Queda and when that's too difficult he's going to be sold to a mobster. He is finally protected by Preacher Jack Collins (a character from previous Burke novels who is a bit scary).And the characters were troublesome: I like Hackberry Hollandbut he wasn't [...]

    22. Micah McCarty

      Wow, this is probably the best book I've read so far this year. Apparently the author has written over 30 books and I've never even heard of him. I believed that this would be a five star book throughout the first three quarters of the book. However I ended with two minor complaints that might knock it down to 4 or 4 1/2 stars. Number one: the author has numerous villains in the book that are such unique examples of evil (like McCarthy's Chugre) that there isn't enough room in the story for all [...]

    23. Jann Barber

      This book was a selection for our mystery book club.I felt as if this qualifies as a novel more than as a mystery, even when looking at "mystery" as "solving a puzzle" and not necessarily as "solving a murder."Once you learn the meaning behind Feast Day of Fools, the title becomes a perfect fit for the storyline.I have not read a Hackberry Holland book before and enjoyed Burke's story and character development. At times, his lush language got in the way and distracted me, but I know many people [...]

    24. Glenda

      Extraordinary novel set in location few know about but who become intimately familiar while reading the graphic descriptions of the landscapes in which the characters find themselves and the climates in which they live, work, suffer many of those that survive contribute to their neighbors and communities. The deserts of America can be both uninteresting to view at times and at other times breathtakingly beautiful when nature creates different lighting, wind, clouds, rains, the smells borne on th [...]

    25. Larry

      The third Hack Holland novel is good, but involves more tangled with bad people than even Burke's Dave Robicheaux books. Drug dealers, anti-immigrant loonies, all-purpose psychopaths, drunks, crooked politicians,crooked cops, government agents with uncertain agendas, renegade bikers, religious wackos, and, most daunting of all, people seeking a remission of their past wrongs, Hack Holland among them. The combination is interesting, but it may be one turn of the ratchet too many. Preacher Collins [...]

    26. Amanda Spake

      Not the best book by Burke and not the best of the Hackberry Holland books, which I love. Mainly, it was too long. I kept feeling the publisher had insisted Burke add 100 more pages to make the novel worth it's cover price. It bogs in the middle, which is uncharacteristic of a Burke novel. The other Hackberry Holland books are far more spare--and better. But I usually end up liking his novels in the end, and this was no exception. Still, I would have preferred not constantly looking ahead and sa [...]

    27. Martha

      Too dark for my tastes! I usually like James Lee Burke novels, but this one left me depressed. Just too much evil for no reason (not that there usually is a reason, but) I also felt like there were hidden meanings in conversations between Sheriff Holland and his deputy, Pam, that I couldn't understand; maybe the other two books in the series would have shed light on their complex relationship. Anyway, I finished it, but felt like the world wasn't a very pleasant place afterward.

    28. Diane S ☔

      Such interesting characters and a wonderful way with words. Different threads and twists to the story that all come together in a convergence for the ending. Not sure what to make of Preacher Jack, really a rather unique villain, a psychopath and killer with super intelligence and his own code of honor. Enjoyed this book immensely.

    29. Joe

      so very sorry to say.g a HUGE fan of James Lee Burke.at this oneI had a tough time finishing, in factI found myself.imming the pages just to get to the end. A bit TOO graphic even for a J L Burke fan like me but more it was the religious and biblical references mixed in with the pure evil of some of the characters that left mefeeling Uncomfortable.

    30. Kay Wright

      So bad i started skipping the lyrical descriptions that brought me to Burke twenty years ago. no puzzle, one dimensional characters, lots of disgusting violence. What happened to the great writer? Maybe the prozac got in the way. What a shame.

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