I have only read a few of James Lee Burke’s novels, but I find them very descriptive as he paints a detailed picture of the scenery. In Rain Gods you almost feel like you are in the dry, arid desert towns as Sherriff Hackberry Holland tries to solve a gruesome murder in his small town. He searches for a killer known as the Preacher as he fights his own demons. The story is gritty just like the environment.
There are not many authors who write this way anymore. Many just skip to the action. That’s okay, but it is refreshing to read a more detailed picture of events.