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 Rain Gods

by James Lee Burke

"Rain Gods, one of Burke's most powerful books for some time, is set in Texas, in the area policed by ageing Hackberry Holland ... a man whose areas of frailty simply make him stronger because of his awareness of them. He finds himself caught up in the complicated consequences of the massacre of some trafficked Thai women, and up against a man who is his dark shadow: 'Preacher' Jack Collins, who likes to see himself as not merely a thug for hire, but in constant dialogue with God. There is never, in the reader's mind, any serious question that Holland will win this engagement. But what price will he pay along the way, and how he will bear it?" -- Independent (London)

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