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Terry Schrichenmeier has left a review of “All Cloaks Bloody” by James Lee Burke.
The graveyard plot may feel like a lonely place.
It’s quiet, peaceful and lonely. Does it look like the final one, or is it the beginning of Beyond’s new life that you still don’t know? They say we are never alone in the graveyard or otherwise, the spirits are looking at us. And in the new book “Every Cloak Rolled in Blood” by James Lee Burke, that’s not always a good thing.
85-year-old Aaron Holland Brotherd knew of death.
He has seen it before: as a young man in Vietnam, at a lesbian near his Montana farm, when a friend died, when his wife died. He wasn’t afraid of it anymore. However, he refused to accept the fact that his daughter Fannie Mae died forever.
She was the kindest person he knew. She is an animal lover. She was just 54 years old when she died. Since then, Brotherd’s heart has had another piece of agony. Every day he managed to find a way to bring her back.
If this made him the target of a local vandal, it was there. His ability to take care of him was almost diminished, but his heart was not so firm and he could not reach out to the local boys. Life near Lesbian was hard. The opioid epidemic did not help, and Brotherd played his role in helping his neighbor, even though it was fully clear that someone should care about his business.
How could he do that when a local state soldier, RubySpottedHorse, told him he was hiding the entrance to evil trapped in the basement?
From time to time, Brother saw Fannie Mae at the edge of his vision and visited him in a way that only he could see. But he also began to see the opaque horrors of the past, the murder of indigenous innocent people, and the small, malicious children. One of them may impersonate his beloved daughter.
Then evil began to visit his home in the form of a real human, and Aaron Brotherd didn’t want to live anymore, but dying with his own hands was no longer an option …
Well, here is the departure.
In a note to the reader, author James Lee Burke explains why he wrote this novel. You need to read it before looking at the first sentence of the story. He explains why “all bloody cloakrooms” are saturated with throat-sucking, intolerable, fiery sorrow just by reading them. You can see why the metaphysical thread connects the whole novel with reference to that note.
But before you think it’s a weird one-off of the dreaded veins, be aware that this book is still a mystery. There are familiar Big Sky settings, current affairs style issues, diverse characters, and murderous villains that Burke fans want.
The difference is that those villains may or may not be real.
“All Bloody Cloaks” could be Burke’s best novel. Indeed, it will appeal to fans who transcend the Whodunit genre. Try it, and you will love its beauty and its pain. You will love the tremors. You will love this plot.
“All cloakrooms are bloody” by James Lee Burke
c.2022, Simon & Schuster $ 27.00288 page
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