The Ways Of The Wolfe – James Carlos Blake Border Noir

The Ways Of The Wolfe by James Carlos Blake (2017) Axel Prince Wolfe, pampered rich boy and heir to a successful family law business in Texas, decided to help a friend out by robbing a jewellery store. Axel was not entirely altruistic in his reasoning, as he yearned for some excitement in what he considered […]

House Of The Rising Sun – Novel By James Lee Burke

House of the Rising Sun by James Lee Burke Hackberry Holland is a man out of his time. He was a Texas Ranger, involved in many gun battles with the Mexican Army as well as the indigenous people of North America. But it’s 1918 and time has moved on. The old ways employed by men […]

Heartwood – Billy Bob Holland Novel By James Lee Burke

Heartwood by James Lee Burke Billy Bob Holland is a former Texas Ranger turned lawyer. During his gun-slinging days on the border, he killed many men, most of them Mexican drug mules transporting narcotics into Texas. It was on one of those raids that he accidentally shot and killed his partner and best friend, LQ […]

Child Detainees Of Trump’s Regime Still Languish In Cages

The once well publicized case of the abducted children at the US border has not gone away. Although there was a massive initial outcry at the heavy-handed approach to the treatment of the young of illegal immigrants, the media in general appear to have let the matter go. But not everyone has forgotten those children, […]

No Country For Old Men – Coin Toss Scene

This scene is the perfect portrayal of a psychopath and sociopath as he encounters and scares the bejesus out of a normal man. Javier Bardem is a very fine actor and excels in this role. Rebel Voice believes that he has the deadest eyes of any who ever tried to be seen as a homicidal […]

Cimarron Rose – A Novel By James Lee Burke

Cimarron Rose   by James Lee Burke This is the first book in the highly popular Billy Bob Holland series, set in the Texas borderlands in contemporary times. Ole Billy Bob is a defence lawyer, once a public prosecutor, once a Texas Ranger. He has a tendency to carry his Ranger skills and attitudes into his […]

Rain Gods – James Lee Burke Book Review

Rain Gods  by James Lee Burke In his afterword to this book, James Lee Burke states, ‘I think this is my best novel…’ Strong words indeed from an author who has a back-catalogue that is the envy of writers everywhere. Published in 2009, Rain Gods centres upon the aged figure of Hackberry Holland, a sheriff […]

Crusader’s Cross – Jame Lee Burke Thriller

Crusader’s Cross   by James Lee Burke The romance is on again. Rebel Voice and James Lee have renewed their tempestuous relationship but on a day by day basis. If Jamesy starts to act the bollox, then he’s getting the chop. Dave Robicheaux is again to the fore in this installment, book 14 in the popular […]

La Jolie Blon – Various Artists Including Bruce Springsteen

La Jolie Blon (The Lovely Blonde) is a traditional Cajun waltz that is extremely popular across both Texas and Louisiana. It is known as the Cajun National Anthem and has been covered by a number of performers over the year. As it is a Cajun tune, it would have been originally written in Louisiana French but […]

The Jealous Kind

Book Review The Jealous Kind   by James Lee Burke Burke is a consistently strong author who turns out great book after great book. The Jealous Kind is no different. Aaron Broussard is a seventeen year old Texas boy learning the perilous ropes of life in 1950’s USA. Far from the idyllic portrayal normally presented […]

All The Pretty Horses

All the Pretty Horses   by Cormac McCarthy This is a beautifully written story of broken homes, broken hearts and broken bones. It is a coming-of-age tale that vividly depicts the good, the bad and the ugly of rural life in both Texas and Mexico in the 1940’s. John Grady Cole is a sombre sixteen […]

Honk Tonk Samurai

Honky Tonk Samurai  by Joe R. Lansdale Hap and Leonard are two of the most interesting characters in literature today. They are described on the book blurb thus: Hap, a former 60s activist and self-proclaimed white trash rebel, and Leonard, a tough black, gay Vietnam vet… How can you not want to know more? Honky […]