Rain Gods

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: James Lee Burke
Narrator: Will Patton
Genres: Suspense, Detective Stories
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Published In: July 2009
# of Units: 12 CDs
Length: 16 hours
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Overview

When Hackberry Holland became sheriff of a tiny Texas town near the Mexican border, he'd hoped to leave certain things behind: his checkered reputation, his haunted dreams, and his obsessive memories of the good life with his late wife, Rie. But the discovery of the bodies of nine illegal aliens, machine-gunned to death and buried in a shallow grave behind a church, soon makes it clear that he won't escape so easily.

As Hack and Deputy Sheriff Pam Tibbs attempt to untangle the threads of this complex and grisly case, a damaged young Iraq veteran, Pete Flores, and his girlfriend, Vikki Gaddis, are running for their lives, hoping to outwit the bloodthirsty criminals who want to kill Pete for his involvement in the murders. The only trouble is, Pete doesn't know who he's running from: drunk and terrified, he fled the scene of the crime when the shooting began. And there's a long list of people who want Pete and Vikki dead: crime boss Hugo Cistranos, who hired Pete for the operation; Nick Dolan, a strip club owner and small-time gangster with revenge on his mind; and a mysterious God-fearing serial-killer-for-hire known as Preacher Jack Collins, with enigmatic motives of his own.

With the FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and a host of cold-blooded killers on Pete and Vikki's trail, it's up to Sheriff Holland to find them first and figure out who's behind the mass murder before anyone else ends up dead. In this thrilling and intricate work, James Lee Burke has once again proven himself a master storyteller and a perceptive chronicler of the darkest corners of the human heart.

Reviews (5)

Written by Adrian Nalwalker on August 13th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Burke is a master. Hackberry Holland is an intriguing mix of tenacity and introspection, tragedy and hope. The narration really shines and you feel the presence of southeast Texas as you listen to the story. Will Patton's narration is second to none.

rain gods rocks

Written by trheyer from Matthews, NC on June 21st, 2011

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Burke is back on top in thjis western type mystery thriller. Cleat plays a HUGE part in this and its even better with Cleat in it.

detail is ok, but ...

Written by Anonymous on March 8th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 2/5

There is far too much detail in this book, including ramblings that appear to have nothing to do with the story line. What makes that more complicated and frustrating is that there are a large number of characters to keep straight, and the relationships among the characters are never adequately explained. Found myself very thankful when this book finally ended.

Too Much Detail

Written by Anonymous on December 21st, 2010

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Good story, but could have done with much less personal musings. . .

Rain Gods

Written by FConrad from Lexington, KY on July 31st, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

James Lee Burke will keep you glued to this book, as always. He has a way of creating an image in your mind that takes you right in the middle of of the old cajun south. I couldn't put the book down,,, just like all the rest of his books. And I have read everything he has written. But the key to enjoying his books is the narrator Will Patton, who's voice and dialect are as much a part of the book and the characters and scenes he is describing. I'm like a little kid passing an ice cream truck when I see that there is a new Burke/Patton release. ,,,,, wish there were more,,,

Author Details

Author Details

Burke, James Lee

James Lee Burke was born in Houston, Texas, in 1936 and grew up on the Texas-Louisiana gulf coast. He attended Southwestern Louisiana Institute and later received a B. A. Degree in English and an M. A. from the University of Missouri in 1958 and 1960 respectively. Over the years he worked as a landman for Sinclair Oil Company, pipeliner, land surveyor, newspaper reporter, college English professor, social worker on Skid Row in Los Angeles, clerk for the Louisiana Employment Service, and instructor in the U. S. Job Corps.

He and his wife Pearl met in graduate school and have been married 48 years, they have four children: Jim Jr., an assistant U.S. Attorney; Andree, a school psychologist; Pamala, a T. V. ad producer; and Alafair, a law professor and novelist who has 4 novels out with Henry Holt publishing.

Burke's work has been awarded an Edgar twice for Best Crime Novel of the Year. He has also been a recipient of a Breadloaf and Guggenheim Fellowship and an NEA grant. Two of his novels, Heaven's Prisoners and Two For Texas, have been made into motion pictures. His short stories have been published in The Atlantic Monthly, New Stories from the South, Best American Short Stories, Antioch Review, Southern Review, and The Kenyon Review. His novel The Lost Get-Back Boogie was rejected 111 times over a period of nine years, and upon publication by Louisiana State University press was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Today he and his wife live in Missoula, Montana, and New Iberia, Louisiana.