(From the publisher):
Sheriff Hackberry Hollland patrols a small Southwest Texas border town with a deep and abiding respect for the citizens in his care. Still mourning the death 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.
When alcoholic ex-boxer Danny Boy Lorca witnesses a man tortured to death in the desert and reports it, Hack's investigation leads to the home of Anton Ling, a regal, mysterious Chinesewoman whom the locals refer to as La Magdelena and who is known for sheltering illegals. Ling denies having seen the victim or the perpetators, but there is something in her steely demeanor and aristocratic beauty that compels Hackberry to return to her home again and again as the investigation unfolds. Could it be that the sheriff is so taken by this creature who reminds him of his deceased wife that he would ignore the possibility that she is as dangerous as the men she harbors?
The danger in the desert increases tenfold with the return of serial murderer reacher Jack Collins; whom "The New York Times" called "one of Burke's most inspired villans." Presumed dead at the close of "Rain Gods," Preacher Jack has reemerged with a calm, single-minded zeal for killing that is more terrifying than the muzzle flash of his signature machine gun. But this time, he and Sheriff Holland have a common enemy.
Original title: Feast Day of Fools
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Suspense