Books: Page Turner
● By Aimee Cormier
By Ray Saadi—Book Editor
HOUSE Of The RISING SUN By James Lee Burke, Simon & Schuster $30
In this prequel to the Holland stories, former Texas Ranger Hackberry emerges from the war-torn revolution in Mexico with a stolen horse, a gun and an exquisite, but mysterious artifact (possibly the Holy Grail?) Hackberry is searching for his long ago estranged son, Ishmael, now a captain in the U.S. Army and who has no wish to reunite with his father who deserted him and his mother many years before. Along the way, Hackberry meets again three women who have affected his life in unexpected ways: Ruby, a Danish immigrant, who is Hackberry’s one true love and Ishmael’s mother; Beatrice, a brothel madam; and Maggie, a onetime lover of the Sundance Kid. Needless to say, this being James Lee, all of the characters are met with either affection or hostility, both delivered in his lyrical way of speaking that mystifies most, some requiring blazing guns to translate his message. Fans will not be disappointed.