In the Moon of Red Ponies by James Lee Burke
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"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.
 

About James Lee Burke

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James Lee Burke, a rare winner of two Edgar Awards, and named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, is the author of thirty-one previous novels and two collections of short stories, including such New York Times bestsellers as The Glass Rainbow, Swan Peak, The Tin Roof Blowdown, Last Car to Elysian Fields, and Rain Gods. He lives in Missoula, Montana.
 
Published June 8, 2004 by Simon & Schuster. 416 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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A break-in at the Global Research lab is widely assumed to be the work of homeless half-Lakota Johnny American Horse and his girlfriend, Senator Romulus Finney’s wild daughter Amber.

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In the Moon of Red Ponies by James Lee Burke 336pp, Orion, £12.99 Civic corruption and government conspiracies have been staple ingredients in American detective novels since the early days of the genre.

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The Guardian

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In The Moon of Red Ponies James Lee Burke Orion £12.99, pp320 It Is understandable that James Lee Burke's Montana lawyer Billy Bob Holland should be in the shadow of Burke's troubled Louisiana crime fighter Dave Robicheaux, one of the most compelling characters in contemporary mystery fiction.

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Book Reporter

Holland finds himself drawn into an unexpected, uncertain and uneasy alliance with Dixon, while at cross-purposes with his client, American Horse, whose actions inadvertently draw Holland and his family into danger of losing everything they hold dear.

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Entertainment Weekly

Ghosts, dreams, and post-9/11 paranoia intermingle in Burke's new novel featuring ex-Texas Ranger Billy Bob Holland.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Billy Bob must deal with his past, which includes having accidentally killed L Q, while attempting to preserve the present and future for himself, his wife and his illegitimate son Lucas Smothers.

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BellaOnline

In the Moon of Red Ponies is the fourth novel in Edgar winner James Lee Burke’s Billy Bob Holland series.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Ed Will Oregonian 4 of 5 Stars "Burke, as usual, delivers a fast-paced story line, snappy dialogue, lush landscapes and complex characters, not the least of whom is Billy Bob [Holland], tormented like Burke’s other series hero, Dave Robicheaux, with a dark side."

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