House of the Rising Sun

house of the rising sun cover image House of the Rising Sun

James Lee Burke
General Fiction
Simon & Schuster
Hardcover, 448 pages

In his latest Hackberry Holland novel Burke takes the reader on a wild ride across Texas, Mexico and the war trenches of France during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Hack is an aging Texas Ranger burdened with guilt, a desire for revenge and a propensity for violent mayhem, John Wayne and Clint Eastwood would have been good role models for Hack as he dominates and controls the narrative in this story of love, hate, greed and redemption. Burke’s other characters add much to the story, either as friends, or antagonists. The female characters are all beautiful, bawdy, brilliant and able to drive Hack to incoherent mumbling without breaking a sweat. His escape from them is the nearest saloon where more trouble always awaits. This is a good book to take for a ride.