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Published by Orion
Fiction, 28 January 2016. ISBN: 978-1-4091-6344-2
The main story running through the book is of an ex Texas Ranger by the
name of Hackberry Holland looking for his son Ishmael whom he deserted many
The book opens in 1916 in the American West with
Hackberry coming across a house with four black soldiers hanging from the
trees. After a Battle with the owner of the house, Hackberry steals an artifact
believed to be the cup Jesus drank from at the Last Supper from him and
destroys a hearse containing guns and ammunition. He later discovers these all
belonged to an Austrian by the name of Arnold Beckham.
The story then goes back to 1891 to tell how Hackberry
meets a Ruby Dansen and they have a son Ishmael, but Hackberry and Ruby have a
big row and Hackberry walks out on them, he then becomes an alcoholic.
We then go to 1918 and Hackberry learns of Ishmael
being injured in the war. He tries to find him but Beckham uses Ishmael to get
Hackberry to return his atifact to him. Can his father get to Ishmael before
Beckham carries out his threat to kill him?
There follows a cat and mouse game between the two
making for exciting reading with a very satisfying Epilogue.
This was certainly a very different book, apparently
the fifth involving Hackberry Holland. It is very well written and although
quite brutal in places, there were some “laugh aloud” moments. Hackberry does
have a tendency to shoot people and try to ask them questions after!
I know some people do not read Epilogues but this is
not to be missed, one of the best chapters of the book!
Reviewer: Tricia Chappell
James Lee Burkeis the author of many previous
novels, many featuring Detective Dave Robicheaux. He won the Edgar Award in
1998 for Cimarron Rose, while Black Cherry Blues won the Edgar in 1990 and
Sunset Limited was awarded the CWA Gold Dagger in 1998. He lives with his wife,
Pearl, in Missoula, Montana and New Iberia, Louisiana.
I have a great love of books and reading, especially crime
and thrillers. I play the occasional game of golf (when I am not
reading). My great love is cruising especially to far flung places, when there
are long days at sea for plenty more reading! I am really enjoying reviewing
books and have found lots of great new authors.