really great writing
what a fine novel. 4 complex villians and some go down and some are pardoned. complex writting. great entertainment.
Burke is a Master Author; albeit this one of his books really shows How truly evil people can Be!
I f your not a fan of Violence & real 'sickos' even the Best of Authors cant 'pretty 'it up 4 you> so If you choose to read this, Your going to be revolted by some things!
As Usual, his character & plot lines are complex & very well developed!
Terrible book unless you like being stimulated by reading about torture page after page, episode after episode. That someone could compare this trash with anything written by Cormac McCarthy is abominable. I've enjoyed Burke's Robicheaux novels, but I won't be reading anything by him from now on. He's lost his mind.
Follow up to his earlier title "Rain Gods". If you like Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men, you will love this one more.
I like Burke's books, he's still one of my favourite authors. This one was just okay. I believe the reason it was "just okay" is that large part of this story is used to build up his character Hackberry Holland. Hackberry is likeable enough but one of the appeals for me about Burke's novels is the setting of New Orleans. I've been to New Orleans twice. It's a really unique part of the world and Burke's prose makes me feel like I'm there. I agree with ljholmes -
Oh, JLB, give me back the haunting drama of "Nawleans." I just can't get into this Western stuff.
Was expecting the"Great American novel" from all the hype.
Instead, way too much violence, much of it seemingly gratuitous.
Declaring a bias - I am a huge Burke fan and this one does not disappoint. Almost lyrical writing. Having a bit of trouble with the ongoing May-Dec. romance. Defies belief.
"There is only one James Lee Burke, and he has long since ceased writing simply crime fiction. Feast Day for Fools is a western, with a touch of Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men in its style and setting. It's also a crime novel; there are murders. It is also a novel about hope, belief and guilt, themes Burke has worked into all his novels over the past 30 years."
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