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Summary

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.

©2011 James Lee Burke (P)2011 Recorded Books LLC

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A Genius

I've been reading J.L.B. for years now and he just gets better and better.His prose and sense of place and atmosphere are almost poetic. His characters spring "alive" from the page and stick in your mind like mollasses on a flies feet. Compelling.

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  • Derek
  • Maspujols, Spain
  • 21-06-12

Excellent

Will Patton gives great voice on this reading, and the storytelling is superb. Burke's style is always evident conjuring vivid images in the imagination. I'm trying to get hold of Rain Gods - the prequel to this, but Patton's version isn't available. I might have to open an account on audible.com just to get it. Great stuff.

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  • dennis
  • Norwich, United Kingdom
  • 28-04-12

A Great Read!

Another JLB masterpiece. Rich prose, great storyline and incredible characters, all interwoven by one of the great American storytellers. My late dear Dad recommended JLB almost 10 years ago and I've read all his work. Feast Day of Fools is one of my favourites. Will Patten narrates superbly. Highly recommended.

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  • Martina
  • Freising, Germany
  • 02-10-13

It's a men's world

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Right, it was not for me. I suppose hard boilt desert lovers will get a lot out of it. James Lee Burke's done a fantastic job in describing all those characters but for my taste it's definitely too raw and to violent.

Has Feast Day of Fools put you off other books in this genre?

Definitely

Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favourite?

The sheriff

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Absolutely - it's great literature: timing, eccentricity, landscape, atmosphere very impressive

Any additional comments?

For all the grand reviews it's got: I just like to warn off people with a need for a bit more human warmth, I just could not bear to finish this book

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Cracking Hack tale

Having listened to the previous book in this series I was anxious that the narration of this one might not be as good. However Will Patton nails the voices and the plot is excellent. A great listen!

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Texas Highlight

Another fantastic adventure from the master. Believable story telling with amazing characters. Sheriff Holland rises again!!

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  • Dave
  • Northampton, Northants United Kingdom
  • 26-06-16

Oh Dear!

Will Patton turns in a blinding performance as narrator, but it's not enough to save the most rambling and pointless of James Lee Burke's novels. Burke's is a wonderful body of work, stretching back over many years, much of it peppered with some of the most soaring, elegant and visceral prose of any modern writer, but he seems to have run out of things to write about. Wars, money and drugs are bad. Women and children are the targets of misogynists and paedophiles. We've heard it all before and better told. His heroes are so broken and melancholic that in 'Feast Day of Fools' they seem finally have lost the energy to drive the plot forward, disappearing for long periods while the rambling stories of the various bad guys take over. Believe me, there are much much better books by James Lee Burke in his back catalogue.

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Brilliant. What a dramatisation.

What did you like most about Feast Day of Fools?

The depth, chatacters you care about. A genuine masterpiece.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Huck, cause he is a hero. And Pam, cause she is just class.

Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favourite?

Huck

Any additional comments?

Read them in order, I am about to start the others as it was so good. I kinda know the outcome but don't care.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful