I just finished Rain Gods a couple of days ago. I have been reading James Lee Burke for about 20 years now. Whenever someone asks me about fiction or writing or what authors I like, Mr. Burke is always my first response as a recommendation. Whenever I run across a title I have not yet read, and there are not many, I snap it up and read it. And while I read it, I am in absolute awe at the poetry of the work. The descriptions are pure poetry (as an MA in Italian Literature and the son of the Poet Laureate of San Francisco, I feel qualified to judge it as such). All I can say is thank you for writing such compelling prose that touches on so many aspects of our humanity while spinning a suspenseful yarn.
As pertains specifically to Rain Gods, I love the relationship Hack has with Jimmy Lorca (forgive me if I get the name wrong, I devoured my library copy and gave it back already...), the town drunk. Ester's character is also larger than life! Well, I look forward to the next time I get to wend my way through one your novels. Thank you.