We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Feast Day of Fools: A Novel | [James Lee Burke]

Feast Day of Fools: A Novel

Celebrated crime master and two-time Edgar Award winner James Lee Burke returns with a gorgeously crafted, brutally resonant chronicle of violence along the Texas-Mexico border. Sheriff Hackberry Holland patrols a small Southwest Texas border town, meting out punishment and delivering justice in his small square of this magnificent but lawless land. When an alcoholic ex-boxer named Danny Boy Lorca begs to be locked up after witnessing a man tortured to death by a group of bandits, Hack and his deputy, Pam Tibbs, slowly extract the Indian man’s gruesome tale.
Regular Price:$34.99
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

Celebrated crime master and two-time Edgar Award winner James Lee Burke returns with a gorgeously crafted, brutally resonant chronicle of violence along the Texas-Mexico border.

Sheriff Hackberry Holland patrols a small Southwest Texas border town, meting out punishment and delivering justice in his small square of this magnificent but lawless land. When an alcoholic ex-boxer named Danny Boy Lorca begs to be locked up after witnessing a man tortured to death by a group of bandits, Hack and his deputy, Pam Tibbs, slowly extract the Indian man’s gruesome tale. It becomes clear that the desert contains a multitude of criminals, including serial murderer Preacher Jack Collins (whom The New York Times called “one of Burke’s most inspired villains”).

Holland’s investigation leads him to Anton Ling, a mysterious Chinese woman whose steely demeanor and aristocratic beauty compel Hackberry to return to her home again and again as the investigation unfolds.

James Lee Burke is at his engrossing and atmospheric best in this, his 13th novel, as Hackberry plumbs the depths of man’s inhumanity to man - from killers-for-hire, to the U.S. government, to the misguided souls in search of a better life across the border.

©2011 James Lee Burke (P)2011 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

“[O]utstanding.... The richness of Burke's characters, always one of his strengths, reaches new heights.... The intricately plotted narrative takes numerous unexpected turns, and Burke handles his trademark themes of social justice and corruption with his usual subtlety.” (Publishers Weekly)

“As Burke steers the elaborately structured narrative toward its violent conclusion, we are afforded looks inside the tortured psyches of his various combatants, finding there the most unlikely of connections between the players. This is one of Burke’s biggest novels, in terms of narrative design, thematic richness, and character interplay, and he rises to the occasion superbly, a stand-up guy at the keyboard, as always... Though he is best known for his Dave Robicheaux series, the broader canvas of this Hackberry Holland adventure makes a fittingly grand stage on which to play out such a landmark event in American publishing.” (Bill Ott, Booklist)

“The dialogue scenes, along with the action sequences, the South Texas landscape and the indelibly conflicted characters make you want to give Burke a medal.” (Kirkus Reviews)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.0 (1140 )
5 star
 (455)
4 star
 (396)
3 star
 (184)
2 star
 (64)
1 star
 (41)
Overall
4.0 (931 )
5 star
 (389)
4 star
 (299)
3 star
 (158)
2 star
 (51)
1 star
 (34)
Story
4.4 (945 )
5 star
 (607)
4 star
 (218)
3 star
 (76)
2 star
 (26)
1 star
 (18)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Saman Houston, TX, United States 06-16-12
    Saman Houston, TX, United States 06-16-12 Member Since 2010

    sam_perera

    HELPFUL VOTES
    106
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    58
    44
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Another OK listen"

    First, let me say the narration is awesome. I really enjoyed the gruff voice and it helped the story line very well. I wish I could say the same for the story and its characters. Even though I finished the book, I really wanted it to end much sooner. Perhaps it was a tad too long and a little too contrived for my taste. It isn’t a bad story and surely not a great page turner. But I can see why this type of novel is popular amongst other listeners. It just wasn’t my type of book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Alton Leesburg, FL 10-28-11
    Alton Leesburg, FL 10-28-11 Member Since 2008

    Retired book buyer/book manager for wholesale distributor in the 5 largest northeast states. Prolific reader who was inundated with ARCs.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    64
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    21
    16
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    15
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A tome well worth the listen"

    This is perhaps James Burke's finest work to date. The listener cannot get visually closer to Burke's descriptions. His lyrical gift flows like a river and his dialogue is as real and clever as they come. The story takes a while to unravel, but the pace is terrific and worth the wait. There are so many well developed characters here that skillfully mixes the bad that men do with the good that we are given people whose individual spectrums run the gamut. It is about the paradoxes within alll of us and the range of colors humans manifest.

    That sums it up-color-color in character, color in storyline, color in dialogue and narrative. More different bad guys with different agendas than you can imagine all played out against the western skies. They're after the same guy for very different reasons. Artfully complex but skillfully presented to easily follow.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    William Hurst, TX, United States 10-08-11
    William Hurst, TX, United States 10-08-11 Member Since 2007
    HELPFUL VOTES
    91
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    48
    21
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    5
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "If You Liked No Country for Old Men"
    Where does Feast Day of Fools rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10


    What does Will Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His accents are perfect for the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    The author obviously knows Texas and its people. The story is unique and exciting. Although this book is not the same, if you liked No Country for Old Men, you will like this.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    S 01-20-14
    S 01-20-14
    HELPFUL VOTES
    39
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    164
    18
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "So much violence"

    Will Patton turns characters into friends with his wonderful vocal interpretations. James Lee Burke paints pictures with words that let you see, feel, and practically smell a scene. Unfortunately, Burke's characters seem to get more sadistic with each novel. The level of violence and the physical and verbal abuse have risen to levels that detract from the story. Scene after scene deteriorates into obscene language, torture, and/or graphically described suffering. And certain scathing psychological putdowns return repeatedly from novel to novel. I guess there are limited ways to be gross & disgusting. I'm sorry a writer as talented as Mr. Burke has become so sadistic. I don't think I'll listen to another Burke novel any time soon. Too bad, because I like the introspection and complexity of characters, and I love listening to Will Patton. If you like man's inhumanity to man in every third scene, you'll like this book. If beatings, burnings, and cursings make you flinch, stay away.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Valerie Liverpool, New York, United States 05-13-13
    Valerie Liverpool, New York, United States 05-13-13 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "And fools they were"
    Would you listen to Feast Day of Fools again? Why?

    Yes! Burke's descriptive writing, plot and of course, Patton voice.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. I was caught up waiting to see what each character was going to do next, how the plot would unfold and if Hack would ever give in to Pam.


    Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favorite?

    Hackberry Holland. Will Patton is able to convey Hacks tortured memories of the POW camp, his longing for his deceased wife and his stubborness in letting himself love again.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I think almost everyone will be able to relate to the characters in this book on some level. There are a few laughs and a few places where one might want to cry. I wanted to tell Hack he was fortunate to have two women in his life who really loved him. But, he finally realizes this in the end.


    Any additional comments?

    YES! I hope Burke has a fourth book coming in this series. He left the main characters injured in Mexico. Also, Burke and Patton are a great combination.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Rebecca brentwood, CA, United States 07-21-12
    Rebecca brentwood, CA, United States 07-21-12 Member Since 2007

    Daily Dog Walker and LONG Silicon Valley commutes, so I gulp through and love lotsa books, especially literary fiction and Mystery.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    263
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    171
    47
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    26
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Vintage James Lee Burke + Perfect Pitch Narration"

    I've never read or listened to a James Lee Burke book I didn't like, so I come in with that prejudice. This hero, like Dave Robicheaux, is battle-scarred,demon-chased and damaged but not dead yet, still alight with desire for love and justice.

    As always with Burke, a solid story, excellent villains, descriptions of landscape and characters that rival any fine writer's out there, notes of redemption. Burke's language is, as always elegiac and my only gripe in listening to it vs. reading it is....come'on what bad guys speak with such poetic erudition? It works on the page, and it's part of Burke's flow but in narration it's just too gorgeous for the down and out. But I like hearing it enough that it's okay. Burke always provokes thought, he keeps us entertained.

    The narrator is perfectly paired with the material, and the "Feast Day of Fools" metaphor (there's a bit of a lecture by one of the improbably bad guys about metaphors in the book) is wonderfully wrought.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Peggy United States 02-29-12
    Peggy United States 02-29-12 Member Since 2011

    Peggy Davis

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Escapism with spiritualism"
    Would you listen to Feast Day of Fools again? Why?

    I would listen again to nearly anything read, for me, by Will Patton.


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    Will Patton gives individual voice to each character in the story, with just the right nuance and emphasis.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Mr. Burke is a master at varying the pace and rhythm of his narrative, so that you rock along enjoying the ambience and then are shocked and compelled when action and sometimes violence occurs.


    Any additional comments?

    The voice of the reader is a deal-breaker for any audiobook. Will Patton is the best there I've ever found.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Mary Columbus, OH, United States 12-16-11
    Mary Columbus, OH, United States 12-16-11 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Riveting story, wonderfully narrated"
    If you could sum up Feast Day of Fools in three words, what would they be?

    Thrilling, gritty, and sensory


    What did you like best about this story?

    Will Patton's narration


    Have you listened to any of Will Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    NO


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Don't know what a tag line is


    Any additional comments?

    I will read more of James Lee Burke, and I will certainly listen to anything and everything narrated by Mr. Patton.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Edward Weston, FL, United States 11-15-11
    Edward Weston, FL, United States 11-15-11 Member Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    18
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    28
    13
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Perhaps the most violent work or art ever penned."

    James Lee Burke is a truly great artist. Yet, his work is a riddle to me, although I take great joy from each page of his books. Yes, I have enjoyed all of the books. What I like about each of them is -- first off -- the quality of his writing. His descriptions of a scene, or a person, or an act of violence are clear and flowing and simply make you wonder why nobody else has ever figured how to use the language in exactly the same way.

    What causes me to wonder and question the man is simply where does he get the inspiration for those murderous, terribly violent and shockingly original characters about which he writes. Several of his heroes have been officers of the law. Although they are good cops, they are always deeply flawed. They seen to corner the market on violent acts. Once, one of Burke's characters dumped a whole pot of scalding hot gumbo on the head of a criminal suspect. In Feast Day, the lead character -- Hackberry Holland -- hits a bartender across the mouth with the fat end of a pool cue, just to see if he still had his old swing.

    The plots of Burke's books are often so violent that you have to sit back and wonder if there are people in the world who can actually perform such acts. One of the villains in Feast Day has a Thompson .45 machine gun. He uses it frequently and with great joy to dismember his victims

    The plot of Feast Day is -- as to be expected -- a bit strange. There's an oriental woman who worked for the CIA. She still feels deep guilt about calling down the wrath of modern day weapons on people who wanted nothing more than life on the land of their birth. There's a nasty Russian who plans to capture and sell to Al Qaida a man who can provide the blueprints for the Predator drone.

    You get face to face with a lot of original characters. You almost grow used to the violence. But you never, never have a moment to shift your thoughts to anything outside of the pages of Feast Day of Fools.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    John Madeira Beach, FL, United States 10-29-11
    John Madeira Beach, FL, United States 10-29-11 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Hackberry hits again!"

    James Lee Burke has definitely got something going here. This second Hackberry Holland novel matches the previous and then some. Deputy Pam, Preacher Jack Collins and others are fleshed out a bit more and deep. Will Patton, of course, as reader, is a necessity in this series. I cannot think of anyone else doing JLB. Both Rain Gods and Feast Day of Fools are both in audio and hardback in my library. JLB delivers again, as expected. Download both, if you can. You will not be dissapointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 11-20 of 86 results PREVIOUS1239NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.