In the Moon of Red Ponies (Billy Bob Holland Series #4)

In the Moon of Red Ponies (Billy Bob Holland Series #4)

by James Lee Burke
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In the Moon of Red Ponies (Billy Bob Holland Series #4) by James Lee Burke

"James Lee Burke tells a story in a style all his own, in language that's alive, electric. He's a master at setting mood, laying in atmosphere, all with quirky dialogue that's a delight." — Elmore Leonard

In James Lee Burke's last novel featuring Billy Bob Holland, Bitterroot, the former Texas Ranger left his home state to help a friend threatened by the most dangerous sociopath Billy Bob had ever faced. After vanquishing a truly iniquitous collection of violent individuals, Billy moved his family to west Montana and hung out a shingle for his law practice. But in In the Moon of Red Ponies, he discovers that jail cells have revolving doors and that the government he had sworn to serve may have become his enemy.

His first client in Missoula is Johnny American Horse, a young activist for land preservation and the rights of Native Americans. Johnny is charged with the murder of two mysterious men — who seem to have recently tried to kill Johnny themselves, or at least scare him off his political causes. As Billy Bob investigates, he discovers a web of intrigue surrounding the case and its players: Johnny's girlfriend, Amber Finley, as reckless as she is defiant — and the daughter of one of Montana's U.S. senators; Darrel McComb, a Missoula police detective who is obsessed with Amber; and Seth Masterson, an enigmatic government agent whose presence in town makes Billy Bob wonder why Washington has become so concerned with an obscure murder case on the fringes of the Bitterroot Mountains.

As complications mount and the dead bodies multiply, Billy Bob is drawn closer to the truth behind Johnny American Horse's arrest — and discovers a greater danger to himself and to his whole family. How Billy Bob strikes back at evil and protects his kin is the masterful triumph of In the Moon of Red Ponies.

Beautifully written, with an intriguing plot and characters whose conflicts seem as real as life itself, this novel shows James Lee Burke again in the top form that has made him a critical favorite and a national bestseller.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743466646
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 01/25/2005
Series: Billy Bob Holland Series , #4
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 4.60(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

James Lee Burke is a New York Times bestselling author, two-time winner of the Edgar Award, and the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts in Fiction. A legend of the mystery genre, he's authored thirty-two novels and two short story collections including Robicheaux, Light of the World, Creole Belle, Swan Peak, The Tin Roof Blowdown, and Feast Day of Fools. He lives in Misoula, Montana.

Hometown:

New Iberia, Louisiana and Missoula, Montana

Date of Birth:

December 5, 1936

Place of Birth:

Houston, Texas

Education:

B.A., University of Missouri, 1959; M.A., University of Missouri, 1960

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In the Moon of Red Ponies (Billy Bob Holland Series #4) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
PKMAZ More than 1 year ago
Always exciting and kept me on edge. This entire series is well written and I especially enjoy the humanity and frailty of Bill Bob. Burke's scenic and emotional descriptions are unmatched by any writer I've read.
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He padded out
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KumaFL More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book albeit I will never buy another James Lee Burke book without first reading several chapters and maybe not after. I got my NOOK after having serious eye problems and retina surgery that has yet to resolve the issue. I have adjusted the type face to the style and size that is best for the one eye that I primarily use. It is disconcerting to have my comfort destroyed by either the author's or the publisher's capricious use of a tiny type font for three or four words at the beginning of seemingly randomly chosen paragraphs. I used a magnifying glass to get through this book, but I will not repeat the effort. An explanation is due to purchasers of this book, but for me even that is inadequate. I feel that my purchase of both the NOOK and this book was abused by what is probably a writer's ploy.
Jotie More than 1 year ago
What I like about James Lee Burke is his ability to portray his cast, 'heroes' and villains alike, as real people, men and women you could meet in the street, in your own life. Underneath, however, they have these troubled history and souls, often culminating in violence, again as well for good and bad characters. As in his Dave Robicheaux novels, he makes his protagonist out as people you want to explore, touch, get in touch with. I bought this book as a gift, I have it myself, so this goes to show how I like it : I don't recommend it, I give it !
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I dislike weak main characters. Billy Bob is completely ineffectual and incredibly weak in this fourth outing. I don't mind flaws in a main character, but Billy Bob was too wishy-washy in this story. He spends most of his time wringing his hands or passing out empty threats. The one time he actually goes into action turns pathetic. Lucas and Temple remain the strongest characters in this series, with Wyatt running a very close second. Billy Bob needs to be much tougher if this series continues. The secondary characters were relatively annoying, and overboard self-righteous. My suggestion to Mr. Burke is to shelve the politics, or at least be more subtle about it. This story broke under the weight of the message he obviously was trying to get across. My head still hurts due to the hammer Burke kept hitting me with as I was reading. Mr. Burke is too good a writer to fall under mediocrity, and this story was mediocre at best. However a mediocre Burke novel is still better than no Burke novel at all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The title of this book brings to mind the Southwest and Native Americans. It was set in the Bitterroot Mountains of Missoula Montana, a place I would never have known there were reservations. Mr. Burke writes a story that involves many characters and many happenings and you need to pay attention to so you don¿t lose track of who, what, where and when things are happening. In The Moon of Red Ponies, Billy Bob Holland is a lawyer who gets involved in the troubles of Johnny American Horse and his girlfriend, Amber Finley. There is a cast of players to keep straight, such as, Wyatt Dickson, Senator Findley, Darrel McComb, Greta Lundstrohm, the DA, a less than scrupulous lawyer, Seth Masterson, and Billy Bob¿s wife, Temple and son, Lucas. Johnny¿s cause as an activist for land preservation as well as the rights of his Native American brothers has Johnny up against those with money, power and political connections. Johnny has past military service and that, combined with his teachings as a Native American provide plenty of tactics to keep him one step ahead of the bad guys. Unfortunately, he has become a drunk and this makes him a good target on which to pin the break-in of a research unit. Wyatt has been released from jail and is back to cause trouble for the very people he was sent to jail for trying to murder ¿ Temple Holland. Wyatt found Jesus in jail and between that and the ¿chemical cocktails¿ he takes, he wants to help Billy Bob catch the bad guys. Billy Bob doesn¿t trust him any father than he can throw him and Temple just wants him to leave them alone. Darrel is a good cop that had become rough around the edges and has blurred the lines between good and bad. He gets involved with Greta who leads him down the primrose path but not quite all the way to the end before Darrell catches on to what is happening and makes a last ditch effort to prove he really is the good cop he has always been. The reader, Tom Stechschulte, has a voice that provides each character with its own unique inflection and tone so it is easy to know who is speaking. James Lee Burke describes the mountains and streams; a little of the life on a reservation; and what can happen when money and greed come together. It is a story that is involved and complex. He leaves the story with the problems Wyatt causes unsolved ¿ maybe so he can write a sequel? The ending is less than resolved in this writer¿s opinion but does not leave every question unanswered.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I hate coming to the end of a James Lee Burke novel because I realize I am back home in my boring suburban life. No other author transports you into his world better than Burke. You hear the wind in the pines, smell the smoke of the campfires and feel the touch of the strong characters he creates. It seems funny to call his writing beautiful as he can write some of the most violent scenes in crime fiction. But does anyone write better, more believable, dialogue than James Lee Burke? Billy Bob is the perennial 'feet of clay' hero given new life by an author that cares more about character than 'creating' plot twists. Want to truly enjoy his work? Read the book (I suggest slowly) then get the book on tape out of library (unabridged, naturally) and have it read to you while you walk the dog or drive to work. You will enter into another world.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Former Texas Ranger Billy Bob Holland and his wife Temple relocate to Missoula, Montana where he opens up a law practice. However, Billy Bob is a bit stunned to learn justice did it again as the state freed the most dangerous person he ever met, psychopath Wyatt Dixon (see BITTERROOT) on a technicality. Though concerned that the crazed Wyatt might target him or Temple, he never expected the man to arrive at his law office needing a lawyer to represent his horse-trading business.----- Meanwhile, someone steals important documents from the Global Research lab. The police believe former Gulf War soldier, part Lakota Johnny American Horse and his girlfriend Amber, daughter of U.S. Senator Romulus Finney, are the thieves. Billy Bob takes on Johnny as a client while Detective Darrel McComb targets the half-Lakota veteran perhaps because he desires Amber. Cold-blooded multi millionaire CEO Karsten Mabus will hire anyone to do anything to obtain the papers including killing Billy Bob and his family.----- The violence is typical of Jamie Lee Burke as events spin out of control sort of like a tornado with innocent people being hurt by the spinning funnel clouds of subplots. Most interesting is Wyatt as he struggles with the help of legal drugs and Jesus to control his maniacal behavior. Billie Bob remains the same person wanting a little peace in his life, but somehow is always the eye of the storm as he learns that Tip O¿Neill was right that ¿all politics is local¿ inside the Burke norm of a fabulous ferociously brisk thriller.----- Harriet Klausner
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