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In the Moon of Red Ponies
In the Moon of Red Ponies: A Novel | 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.
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CaitlinR
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“Somewhere in the distance, beyond the vastness of the landscape below him, was a place called the Sand Hills, where the dead went to live with the buffalo and the grandfathers who watched over the four corners of the universe ... In that moment Johnny American Horse knew he would never be alone. (p. 225)

Lordy, James Lee sure can write!

#JameLeeBurke

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Libby1 I liked this one, too. You invited me to the challenge a couple of days ago and I forgot about it! I‘ll get on to that today. 😊 2y
LoveToReadLiveToRead Oh, I like this challenge! I‘ll have to have a think about which books to pick.... 2y
mabell Thanks for the tag! 😊 *thinking of picks* 2y
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Pickpick

Overall, I really enjoyed this book although the ending disappointed me - I like the big reveals you get with Christie's & Doyle's stories.

I've been extremely lucky with #whodunituk & enjoyed most of them- thanks @ScorpioBookDreams for organising!

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jenniferw88
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🤣🤣🤣 Just going to leave this here with the hashtag #AddictedtoTheChase !!!!

TrishB 😂😂 2y
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jenniferw88
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⚀ It's quite frequently Fifteen by Taylor Swift
⚁ Tagged, 5 ⭐ - I've been really lucky with #whodunituk books as I've really enjoyed most of them!
⚂ Lord of the Rings
 @thegirlwiththebookishcandle @ScorpioBookDreams

#trivialthursday @GarthRanzz

GarthRanzz Love James Lee Burke! Haven‘t read one for years though. It may be time to add a couple to the stack. Thanks for participating! 2y
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DeborahSmall
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#Criminal #FeistyFeb current read and this month‘s #whodunnituk

batsy Cool! I recently learned that Alafair Burke is his daughter. Have you read/enjoyed any of her books as well? I want to read 2y
Cinfhen Intrigued 🙌🏻 2y
DeborahSmall @batsy I heard of Alafair before her dad. I‘ve read a couple of her books x 2y
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emily_m_tubb
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The next round of #Whodunnituk should be with you in the next few days @DeborahSmall 😁

Mommamanzi Cuuuuuteness!!! 2y
DeborahSmall Great!! 2y
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emily_m_tubb
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1. These are my late grandad's shelves- full of local history, gardening and wartime books 📚
2. History - learning from the past 💜
3. Liquor- but only gin or wine 😄
4. Hazel- but depending on the weather they can look more green or grey ⛅
5. I will finish Frogkisser tonight, then move onto The Taste of Blue Light and the tagged book ☝️

#Humpdaypost @MinDea

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jhod
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Gorgeous day in the Lake District today! Me and my dad (who's 84!) went for a walk in the cold sunshine and then I finished my #whodunituk book with a glass of vin chaud.

jhod @mabell a better view for you :-) 2y
youneverarrived Looks lovely! 2y
niha923 Looks wonderful! 2y
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Jas16 So gorgeous! 2y
RebelReader Fabulous views! 2y
TrishB Lovely 💕 2y
Cathythoughts Oh gorgeous! Ye got the weather ✨✨✨ 2y
MiyakoBunny Gorgeous surroundings 🏔 2y
Centique What a beautiful place 😍 2y
mabell That is so lovely! 😍❤️ 2y
Lcsmcat Beautiful! I‘m looking forward to some mulled wine this evening myself. 2y
BarbaraBB Gorgeous! Enjoy 😘 2y
Bpsmith6176 Beautiful! 2y
batsy So beautiful! The air must be so clean and crisp! *tries to inhale from the photos* 😂 2y
Dragon Wow! So beautiful! 🐉 2y
UwannaPublishme Yay to Dad and you! What a great way to spend the day. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
MistyReads Beautiful pic. 2y
AceOnRoam Nice one 💚💚💚 2y
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jhod
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1. Get a new job, take every opportunity to seek out 🌞, travel and camp more ⛺ eat more good food!
2. It could be my #whodunituk or #lmpbc books as am late - eek!
3. Read more pre-2010 books, my eyes get turned by new books.
4. #Booked2018 #LitsyAtoZ #dystopianblues, will add more I'm sure!
5. Tea and/or wine.
6. @libby1 @caroline2 @emily_m_tubb if you haven't already!
Thanks for the tag @DivaDiane
Thanks for organising @Wbabdullah #2018goals

DivaDiane I‘m running late on my #group book too. At least I‘m cutting it close. Assuming I finish it here in the next few days I‘ll have to send it from Italy or wait until the 3rd to send it. Not sure which would get there sooner?!? 😂 2y
DivaDiane And what is this #dystopianblues thing? Is it a buddy read or a swap? I love dystopias! 2y
jhod @DivaDiane am sure the 3rd will be fine! I'm enjoying the one I need to send you next! 2y
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jhod @DivaDiane it's a swap for January. Closed now but if more come along I'll remember to tag you! I'm in for your TBR challenge by the way! 2y
DivaDiane Great! Thanks for the info! I should ask @Balibee146 if Jan. 3 is ok. (edited) 2y
Wbabdullah Thanks @jhod ! I‘m doing #dystopianblues too! 2y
jhod @Wbabdullah can't wait to see what everyone gets! 2y
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Thank you for the lovely Christmas decoration @Libby1 along with the next #whodunituk book, tissues and chocolate. You are very sweet :-)

Libby1 You‘re welcome! 2y
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@jhod - your #whodunituk for December is on its way! I‘m sorry it will be a day or two late.

jhod Hurrah! Don't worry! 2y
Libby1 Thanks, @jhod 😃 2y
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Libby1
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Dream-like, tense, evocative. This book will make you want to visit Montana. Big sky, mountains, sunsets, herds of elk wandering down the mountain... beautiful.

The plot is complex and ambitious. Except for some unfortunate portrayals of female characters I found it to be excellent. 🤦🏼‍♀️

Thanks so much for choosing this book for #whodunituk , @thegirlwiththebookishcandle ! It will be making it‘s way to you soon, @jhod

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APLitlife I am from Montana, I miss it. 2y
TrishB There's been some great picks haven't there 👍 2y
Libby1 @APLitlife - it sounds like a beautiful place. 2y
Libby1 @TrishB - absolutely! 2y
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James Lee - what gives?

You keep mentioning peaches. 🍑

Peach cans (both empty and full)

Peach ice cream (does that exist?)

Who does that?

🍑😂🍑😂🍑😂🍑😂🍑😂🍑😂🍑

UnidragonFrag Peach ice cream does exist and it's glorious! Perhaps the peach is an innuendo? 😂 2y
Kappadeemom I live in Georgia (the peach state) and we have the BEST peach and blueberry ice cream ❤️❤️ 2y
cathysaid What @Kappadeemom said! Delicious, especially when it's homemade. 🍑 2y
trueisa4letterword Peach ice cream is my favorite! 2y
Libby1 @UnidragonFrag , @Kappadeemom , @cathysaid , @trueisa4letterword - excellent! 🍑 Who knew? Sadly, I don‘t think any innuendos were involved here. 😂 2y
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“Life could be a poem, if you‘d only let it, I thought. Why live in conflict and endless self-recrimination?”

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“But Johnny was also an idealist, and it‘s the idealists who, given the chance, will incinerate half the earth to save the other half.”

Coco Great quote! 2y
Libby1 @Coco and @readinginthedark - I found this quote challenging. 2y
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Libby1
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What a beautiful place to read this morning.

#whodunituk
@thegirlwiththebookishcandle
@ScorpioBookDreams

TrishB Lovely. Jealous 💝 2y
BookMaven407 👍 2y
jbhops It's dreamy! 2y
Libby1 Thanks, @TrishB , @BookMaven407 , @jbhops - it is a lovely place to sit and read. 😃 2y
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Libby1
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I‘m about to begin November‘s #whodunituk book and am intrigued by all the book flags placed by previous club readers.

@thegirlwiththebookishcandle
@ScorpioBookDreams

TrishB Lol 😀 not sure if I left any in! 2y
DeborahSmall @trishb @ScorpioBookDreams @Libby1 I take them all out before reading as I don‘t want them to influence my thinking process. I remove my page markers before posting too x 2y
TrishB @DeborahSmall I think I did - this one was my first so may have forgotten! 2y
DeborahSmall @TrishB I haven‘t had this one yet, looking forward to it 2y
Libby1 I think the page markers are to point out interesting passages. I find them intriguing! @TrishB , @DeborahSmall , @ScorpioBookDreams - I‘m enjoying this one so far. 2y
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ScorpioBookDreams Glad they arrived safely! 2y
Caroline2 Oh I enjoyed this book! 👍🏻 2y
Libby1 Great, @Caroline2 ! 2y
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Libby1
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It‘s here, @ScorpioBookDreams !

Next month‘s #whodunituk has arrived.

Who originally chose this book? I want to make sure I tag the right person if I post about the book. 😃

Libby1 Thanks for the choice, Elle @thegirlwiththebookishcandle 😃 2y
thegirlwiththebookishcandle Hope you like it! 2y
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ScorpioBookDreams
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About to start this months #whodunituk. Looks intriguing!

Libby1 Enjoy! 2y
DeborahSmall I‘m starting my #whodunnituk tomorrow. I‘ve always wanted to read James Lee Burke. I like his daughter Alafair Burke 💕 2y
ScorpioBookDreams @DeborahSmall I‘d never even heard of him before this! 2y
DeborahSmall I‘ve heard great things x 2y
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ScorpioBookDreams Those page markers are so cute! 2y
monkeygirlsmama Great markers! 2y
TrishB @ScorpioBookDreams @monkeygirlsmama I know! But they were the last one in the shop 😔 the shop assistant said she would save a couple for me if anymore come in. It's a stationery shop right next to work and I'm always in there so they do save me stuff. It's one of my work stress buster places. 2y
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monkeygirlsmama @TrishB That's super nice of them. In the meantime, it looks like you've got enough to get through a few books. 😉 2y
Caroline2 Ohhh exciting!! Reminds me I need to get blacklands sent out asap!!! 😳 2y
TrishB @Caroline2 I think I'm probably ahead of time - but had a few things on the go and didn't want to get behind! 2y
Caroline2 @TrishB that's ok, mine is ready to post too, I just need to send it!! 😂 loving the emoji stickers btw! 😍 2y
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TrishB
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So today I just read and watched athletics on the telly 😀
Finished my first #whodunnituk.
A good read - not a book I would even have picked up - never heard of the author and it has cowboys! So it wouldn't really have got on my radar. I really enjoyed it, plenty of action and twists.
@thegirlwiththebookishcandle @ScorpioBookDreams

Leftcoastzen Burke is best known for his New Orleans Dave Robicheaux novels , won Edgar award for 3rd in series "Black Cherry Blues".Hardboiled for sure .1st one is "The Neon Rain" 2y
AnnieReads My favorite James Lee Burke novel is Tin Roof Blowdown. 2y
KathyWheeler Because I love Burke's Dave Robicheaux novels set in south Louisiana, I cannot bring myself to read these, which is totally unfair to Burke and probably to me too. 2y
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TrishB @Leftcoastzen @AnnieReads @KathyWheeler I can't believe I'd never heard of such a prolific and popular author! Well - that's Litsy for you 😀 2y
KathyWheeler @TrishB He's great. I first picked up one of his books because it had such a great title, In the Electric Mist With the Confederate Dead, and it was set in Louisiana where I was living at the time. 2y
TrishB @KathyWheeler he's definitely on my future tbr! 2y
thegirlwiththebookishcandle Oh I'm so glad you liked it Trish. He's one of my must-read authors. I know I'm not supposed to but I really liked Wyatt Dixon in this book 😳 2y
TrishB @thegirlwiththebookishcandle I think we can all live a baddie occasionally 😀 I will definitely look for the author again! 2y
thegirlwiththebookishcandle Lol yes indeed. Try the Robicheaux series but that is quite long now, or more of the Holland family books as theres less of them 2y
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TrishB
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Finally getting started on my #whodunnituk book 😀 hoping for a couple of hours just reading time today.
@thegirlwiththebookishcandle @ScorpioBookDreams

Captivatedbybooks I will be doing the same hopefully soon. As soon as im done cutting coupons! 2y
ScorpioBookDreams Random question but do you like Harry Potter? 2y
TrishB @ScorpioBookDreams me and my kids may be mildly obsessed by it! Yes 😀 2y
TrishB @Captivatedbybooks hope you get some time 😀 2y
kspenmoll 👏 2y
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TrishB
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#augustmostanticipated #anditsaugust
@RealLifeReading
Rubbish at tbrs/most anticipated - but this one is a definite via
@thegirlwiththebookishcandle as part of whodunituk - first on my list after holidays 😀
Looking forward to it as totally new author to me!

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TrishB
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When you've had a long hard week and you get home to more #bookmail.
#whodunituk @thegirlwiththebookishcandle hurrah - not read this and looking forward to it😀
#litsypenpal @DeborahSmall thank you - 💟full letter to follow
Smiling now and the weekend is here.

DeborahSmall 💕 2y
Aims42 Best thing ever!! Enjoy 😇 2y
thegirlwiththebookishcandle Yay I was hoping you'd get it quickly 😀 2y
TrishB @thegirlwiththebookishcandle I have the chocolate in the fridge to do an eat-a-long 😀 thank you 2y
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Posted off my book today to @TrishB for #whodunituk hopefully you will get it tomorrow Trish 😃

TrishB Woohoo 😀 not a clue about this author or book. I'm going on holiday next week, so will be saving it until I get back. Will let you know when it's arrived safely. 2y
thegirlwiththebookishcandle Ooh that's exciting - have a great time! I hope you love the book, he's such a good author and I rec him to everyone. He's also got a gazillion books if you do decide you like him. I love discovering new (and new to me) authors 2y
GothamGal I have heard good things about this author. Hope you enjoy it and your holiday! 2y
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