Set in the rugged Bitterroot valley of Montana - home to celebrities seeking to escape the pressures of public life and xenophobes dedicated to establishing a bulkhead of patriotic paranoia - Bitterroot features Billy Bob Holland, former Texas Ranger and now a Texas-based lawyer, who has come to Big Sky country at the request of an old friend in trouble.And big trouble it is, not just for his friend, but for Billy Bob himself- in the form of Wyatt Dixon, a recent prison parolee sworn to kill Billy Bob as revenge for both his imprisonment and his sister's death, both of which he blames on the former Texas lawman. As the mysteries multiply and the body count mounts, the listener is drawn deeper and deeper into the tortured mind of Billy Bob Holland, an incredibly complex hero, tormented by the mistakes of his past and driven to make things - all things - right. What makes him especially fascinating is that beneath the guise of justice for the weak and downtrodden lies a tendency for violence that at times becomes more terrifying than the danger he is trying to eradicate.More
"Those who relish Burke's patented mix of supercharged violence and overheated passions are in for a treat." (Publishers Weekly)
"[He]... does a wonderful job of contrasting that harmonious and peaceful setting with the jarring dissonance of failed human relations." (Booklist)
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Another Formulaic Burke Novel
- Jon Weimer