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Running from a traumatic and chequered past to become sheriff of a dried-out, broken-down border town in south Texas, Sheriff Hackberry Holland soon finds himself dealing with more than just his own demons after nine dead prostitutes are dug up in the desert. The search for justice pits Holland against hired guns, unscrupulous pimps, drug dealers, and a psychotic killer known as The Preacher.
©2009 James Lee Burke (P)2009 Recorded Books LLC
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3 out of 5 stars
By sarahmoose2000 on 08-23-10

Beware the Preacher

I love listening to the guy who narrates this, he also did No Country for Old Men and funnily enough there was a similarity in one of the main baddies to the McCarthy murderer.

A group of Asian women are found buried in a church's grounds. The Sheriff is a grizzled Korean POW still stuck in the past, while a local Afghan vet is somehow involved in the women's deaths.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Rosalind on 03-03-12

Great story, good narration, but......

This is a really good story and the narrator is perfect for it, but the author must have been the star pupil at the Analogies-R-Us school of writing. Every single scene or piece of action had an analogy, even the food that was being eaten. I realise that when reading or listening to a book that there has to be a certain amount of description or scene setting, but this was ridiculous, to the extent that sometimes one analogy wasn't enough for a scene and in case we "didn't get" what was being described, another analogy was given. It was hard to concentrate on what would have been an excellent story, because it kept wandering off into yet another over descriptive sunrise or plate of pasta. I don't mind a book being slow, when the plot or characters are being built as this adds to the story, however this author's style really detracted from it.

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