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Billy Bob Holland, the protagonist of Cimarron Rose, is an attorney in the dusty Texas town of Deaf Smith. An ex-Texas Ranger (cop, not ball-player) who mistakenly killed his partner during a drug bust, Holland is jolted from his brooding when his estranged illegitimate son is accused of the rape and murder of a party girl. He takes the case, of course, and things get complicated mighty quick. On a hunch only a father could believe, Holland is sure his son is being railroaded. Doggedly pursuing the truth, he runs afoul of sadistic cops, a powerful family, and the euphoniously-named Garland T. Moon, a feral thug with something to hide. Luckily, the folks on his team are just as tough. Burke's book isn't gritty realism--Holland's dead partner visits him often--but the characters ring true in a weird way. They are quirky and appealing, and even the criminals make good company while the whodunit unfolds. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Burke gives the beloved Dave Robicheaux (e.g., Cadillac Jukebox, LJ 8/96) a vacation and shines his talent on the vast, brooding beauty and inbred violence of rural Texas. Texas Ranger-turned-lawyer Billy Bob Holland must defend his illegitimate son, Lucas Smothers, on a murder rap. Billy Bob knows that backwater Deaf Smith, Texas, will eat Lucas for lunch?especially the East Enders, the town's pocket of elite kids. He mounts his defense with sporadic help from sexy cop/possible federal agent Mary Beth Sweeney. Some uniquely Southern weirdos wind up in Lucas's and Billy Bob's orbit, including newly freed and ax-grinding con Garland T. Moon. Along with an evocative sense of place rendered in the Burke tradition, Billy Bob's humanity suffuses every page with a warm, golden glow. Readers will undoubtedly fall for him as he lassos a child abuser in the center of town and argues with the ghost of his slain Ranger partner. Highly recommended.
-?Susan A. Zappia, Maricopa Cty. Lib. Dist., Phoenix
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Suspenseful and emotional. Billy Bob is what we all want to be...knight on a white horse, saving the world. Excellent.Published 2 months ago by slowboatin
I have read every novel and short story by James Lee Burke and by far, I believe is is the best novelist, hands down. I wish he had published another 20 books!!Published 16 months ago by maddy
If you want a good mystery with Texas flavor and a touch of darkness - this is a great read.Published on Jan. 28 2003
I liked part two (Bitterroot) of James Lee Burke’s Billy Bob Holland saga so well that I gave this first part a listen on unabridged audio. Read morePublished on Jan. 24 2002 by TundraBee
This is the eighth James Lee Burke book I have read. It may well be the last. Unhappily, Mr. Burke has adopted the "cookbook" approach to his novels, and I, for one,... Read morePublished on May 21 2001 by Larry W. Bailey
Having read several of James Lee Burke's novels now, I have come to see that his approach to weaving together a story is intriguingly unorthodox. Read morePublished on April 2 2001 by Douglas A. Greenberg
Having never read a James Lee Burke novel before, I gobbled up Cimarron Rose, enjoying meeting all the colorful characters, two of whom was Pete and his PI sidekick.... Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2001
Burke describes characters who are as incongruous as the landscape. The heat, the rain, and the desolation make the reader mighty glad not to live anywhere near Mr. Holland. Read morePublished on Sept. 28 2000 by P.J. Powers
James Lee Burke is a master at setting the scene and creating a feeling with his stories. His novels are so heartfelt and deep, that even if the story is a bit familar as the above... Read morePublished on July 19 2000 by John J. Raspanti