“Son, it’s no good to go back where you already been. It ain’t the same. Other people own it, and it ain’t yours no more.”
Crime novelist James Lee Burke, of David Robicheaux fame, occasionally dips his pen in Western waters, usually the contemporary west. Here he plunges whole-heartedly into the Old West, and a Dark Vision it is.
We follow Son Holland and Hugh Allison as they try to put as much distance between themselves and a Louisiana prison as they can manage. This distance puts them down Texas way smack dab in the middle of the violent rumblings of the Texas Revolution.
I’ll not lie, Burke’s cotemporary “Westerns” frustrate me but this volume is a mighty entertaining ride.