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Cimarron Rose Mass Market Paperback – Jun 1 1998


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (June 1 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786889306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786889303
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 10.3 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #928,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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My great-grandfather was Sam Morgan Holland, a drover who trailed cows up the Chisholm from San Antonio to Kansas. Read the first page
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By maddy on April 12 2014
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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!!
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Fans of James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux/cajun cop series now have a new series with Texas lawyer Billy Bob Holland. If this had been the first Burke book for me, I would have rated it higher.
The main plot involves Billy Bob defending his illegitimate son against a murder charge in a fishy-smelling situation involving a rich kid deviant with fetal alcohol syndrome and speed on the brain, a former football hero, DEA officers, and a sociopath named Garland T. Moon.
The inner plot involves Billy Bob wrestling with ghosts and demons from his past, namely private conversations he has with his old partner from their Texas Ranger days. There is also some mystery surrounding the death of Billy Bob's father in 1965.
Burke does an excellent job weaving all of the plot threads together, and the characters are believable. His descriptions are spare and elegant, and he has the ability provide sensory detail in a few short sentences.
One word of warning is that the cast is a rogue's gallery, like other Burke novels, and features a very flawed protaganist, but one we can root for just the same. Still, we're in some dark territory here, and Burke's writing is edgy, graphic and not for everyone.
While the book was well-written, I didn't get enough distance between Dave Robicheaux and Billy Bob Holland, who are essentially the same character. Both are men in their forties who stay in good shape, have father issues, and share similar demons in their past. The same self-righteous attitude was evident in both men. I hope that Billy Bob's voice takes a different shape in future novels of this series.
The other problem is that Burke is starting to recycle some of his details. The wealthy southerners always hold glasses wrapped with paper napkins secured with a rubber band.
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By A Customer on Jan. 29 2003
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If you want a good mystery with Texas flavor and a touch of darkness - this is a great read.
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Former US Assistant DA, and Texas Ranger Billy Bob Holland rides his horse into a honkey-tonk, unfurls his lariat and loops it around the deserving torso of a woman-beating thug. He commences to drag the dude out the door for a taste of cowboy keelhauling discipline. Readers Now must be aware--like Dorothy--they're "no longer in Kansas". Courtesy of James Lee Burke's hard-edged,yet superbly literary style, our New West hero essays roles of defense attorney by day and LONE RANGER at night. Burke convinces us Deaf Smith(a town near Austin, combining resort ambience of Lake Travis; working class morphed-Yuppster Round Rock Texas, with generously violent doses of old West Tombstone)exists on planet Earth not a galaxy far away in the Final Frontier. Burke uses flashbacks to Old Frontier days describing how Billy Bob's grandfather dueled-it-out with the Doolan and Dalton gang. In recent New Frontier times, he and Texas Ranger partner L.Q. Navarro dueled-it-out with drug dealers across the boarder in old/new/middle-aged Mexico. L.Q. appears regularly as Billy Bob's mentor. A minor problem is Sr. Navarro is dead. His "ghostliness" factors not only in Burke's narrative technique but as plot detail: best friend Billy Bob accidently shot him to death during an aformentioned, vigilante-style drug bust.
This is only Setting. CIMARRON ROSE evokes old West and the New (Drug Thug)West. Billy Bob finds himself legally defending his unacknowledged son Lucas in a gruesome rape/murder case which is enhanced by a battle-array of drug dealers; bent DEA; feckless FBI agents; a formerly abused-child now border-line psychopath bent on revenge against the Bobster; some repugnant nouveau rich whose adopted son--at very least--is a sociopathic punk and (perhaps) prime candidate for the murder Lucas is framed-for.
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James Lee Burke temporarily put his New Orleans bayeaux hero Dave Robicheaux on hold to introduce a new series featuring Billy Bob Holland, the haunted ex-Texas Ranger, now defense attorney in the small Texas town of Deaf Smith.
Holland is a hero in the same mold as Robicheaux, the amalgamation of the strong, silent John Wayne stereotype, with enough contemporary angst to place him firmly in the present. Holland is haunted, literally and figuratively, by L.Q. Navarro, his partner in the rangers, who he accidentally shot and killed while battling drug smugglers in Mexico. This could understandably put a strain on most friendships, but Navarro doesn't mind being dead. It's pretty restful to sit around and swap lies without having to bother with mundane facts like earning a living. His role in the book is less avenging spirit and more amiable sidekick.
Rounding out the setup is a son Holland's never acknowledged, a fine boy named Lucas Smothers whose mother died when he was an infant. He's being raised by a harsh and hostile stepfather who's sharecropping on Holland's land.
Unfortunately for Lucas, he was found passed out near the body of his raped and murdered girlfriend, and Holland works to dig out the truth. Arranged against Holland and Lucas are an array of corrupt, evil and just plain psychopathic characters: the son of the town's most powerful family who may or may not be involved in the murder, the corrupt sheriff and his deputies and Garland T. Moon, a wandering psychopath dying of cancer, who came back to Deaf Smith on a mission of his own.
Weaved among the contemporary story is the tale of Holland's great-grandfather, a drunken gunfighter who has since taken the pledge, and his true love, known mostly as the Rose of Cimarron.
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