The Texas/Mexico border is a dangerous place where only talented fiction writers like our very own James Lee Burke dare to tread. There is something so symbolic about a border and Burke embraces all it has to offer. In his third installment to the Hackberry Holland trilogy Feast Day of Fools, Burke dives into themes of love, loss, temptation and honour, showering them all in danger. Sheriff Hackberry Holland is out to find the person responsible for a torture and death witnessed by ex-boxer Danny Boy Lorca, but when his investigation leads him to the door of a mysterious Chinese woman, he must decide where his primary threats lie. With the return of Preacher Jack Collins, presumed dead at the end of the last book, Holland must prepare defenses on all fronts. Cormac McCarthy, you have some serious competition with this one.
And not only does Burke write engaging novels, he always makes sure to produce an audio book to accompany his books. He believes in the art of oral story-telling and all the magic a voice can inject into a story. Award-winning actor and audio book narrator, Will Patton is the voice behind the book! If the name doesn’t ring a bell, think the coach from Remember the Titians or the Lieutenant in Brooklyn’s Finest. His husky voice gives the perfect edge to Burke’s stories.
Check out James talking about his audio books and then give Will’s narration sample a listen.