• Every Cloak Rolled in Blood

  • A Holland Family Novel
  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Will Patron
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (340 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In his most autobiographical novel to date, James Lee Burke continues the epic Holland family saga with a writer grieving the death of his daughter while battling earthly and supernatural outlaws.

Novelist Aaron Holland Broussard is shattered when his daughter, Fannie Mae, dies suddenly. As he tries to honor her memory by saving two young men from a life of crime amid their opioid-ravaged community, he is drawn into a network of villainy that includes a violent former Klansman, a far-from-holy minister, a biker club posing as evangelicals, and a murderer who has been hiding in plain sight.

Aaron’s only ally is state police officer Ruby Spotted Horse, a no-nonsense woman who harbors some powerful secrets in her cellar. Despite the air of mystery surrounding her, Ruby is the only one Aaron can trust. That is, until the ghost of Fannie Mae shows up, guiding her father through a tangled web of the present and past and helping him vanquish his foes from both this world and the next.

Drawn from James Lee Burke’s own life experiences, Every Cloak Rolled in Blood is a devastating exploration of the nature of good and evil and a deeply moving story about the power of love and family.

©2022 James Lee Burke (P)2022 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Another "Woke" book gone wrong

I am an avid James Lee Burke fan, but this book projects the extremely prejudiced agenda of a liberal "woke" extremists who portray everyone but themselves as wrong minded and uneducated. Don't know where Burke went, but this is bad.

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What is shame…

I was an avid James Lee Burke reader and fan. What a shame that this book is little more than recycled phrases from his previous books and a constant political diatribe of terrible acts of violence committed by a few “benighted”, amoral “WHITE MEN” (read racist, homophobe, xenophobe, misogynist, intoxicated, ignorant, violent, abusive, corrupt and, of course, EVIL).
It’s hard to tell whether Burke hates his race or his country more. One thing is certain after listening to this last novel by Burke is that he disdains anyone who would dare go without wearing a face covering mask in any circumstance or dare to question the intelligence and moral superiority of his liberal viewpoint and beloved president (Joe Biden).
In my opinion this book is symbolic of a once truly great writer who has taken to heart all the grandiose praise heaped upon him and who now believes he is far more wise and morally superior to his fans and fellow countrymen.
(Those same countrymen who have HONORABLY dedicated their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to the building of this great country. Those same countrymen who, by the way, have never owned a slave, beat a woman, hurt an animal, polluted a river, raped a child, or killed an Indian person.)

Will Patton, on the other hand, is still one of the finest narrators I have ever had the pleasure of listening to.

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Burke has left me behind on this one.

It was not a total loss, many lyrical descriptive passages and the divine voice of Will Patton reading them. But a horror story is not what I was looking for. Nor a fever dream. Sorry.

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What an amazing book.

I listened to the book in its entirety in one sitting/standing. It is truly if a personal nature.

I am from South Texas and all of the references to the Hill Country and San Antonio resonate with me.

Will Patton’s storytelling and delivery is magnificent. I believe he is the best performer today.

I am a huge James Lee Burke fan and this book is a tremendous success as it left me wanting more.

Mr. Burke’s ability to paint an intriguing, vivid and capturing picture utilizing his wonderful command of the English language is truly awe-inspiring.

He adds depth to every character and those of us that have been around for a while have met all of these people at one time or another.

Whether you believe in the paranormal or not is between you and your higher power.

However, it is comforting to imagine the possibility of someone waiting to welcome us when we crossover to the other side.

It is obvious Mr. Burke has shared his heart and soul for the world to see.

Thank you, sir.

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I hated this and couldn't finish it

This book is filled with ghosts and darkness, and after a while, every single character seemed either insane, irrational or evil. I had to stop listening to it because it was making me depressed and questioning my own sanity. I have liked his books for years, but he really lost me this time.

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Every Cloak Rolled in Blood

Every time I finish one of Mr. Burke's novels, I am left in awe of the journey he has just taken me on and the characters he has shared with me. This is a beautiful story . As usual filled with raw depictions of both the beauty and ugliness that are within the human heart. His descriptions and philosophical insight of people, history,and nature are beyond measure and leave me with much to ruminate upon. Many thanks to Mr. Burke, and to the exquisite reading by Mr. Patton. My only complaint..the story ended all too soon.

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No Jimmy … just NO!

Somewhere along the line James Lee Burke got the idea that he’s a contemporary of Stephan King when it come to the supernatural genre.
Jimmy … lemme help you with this … you’re not even equipped to carry King’s jock in this genre.
Let King be King, and go back to the Dave Robicheaux series.

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Epic

The Crown Jewel of your Career! I will be forever changed after your book entered my soul. A shout out from Wichita Ks. You are loved here by me. Thank you Sir. Sincerely Kathy

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What a difference a real writer makes!

I had just finished a pleasurable and entertaining series, when I happened on this book, which reminded me of the difference between "mind candy" and literature. I don't always pay attention to lavish praise from reviewers. in Mr. Burke's case, the praise is deserved. Rich description and characterization without the use or overuse of trite phrasing, philosophy delivered without the ring of dogma, truths of being human rendered with elegance. With Will Patton's performance (hardly just a narration), a wonderful experience.

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A little too dark

JLB is a masterful story teller. He touches on many evils that are still with us. I hope he leaves the super natural themes. Narrator is the best and I look forward to the next book. Thanks again