Texas attorney and former Texas Ranger Billy Bob Holland has many secrets. Among them is Vernon Smother's son, Lucas, a now-teenaged boy about whom few know the truth - Lucas is really Billy Bob's illegitimate son. When Lucas is arrested for murder, Billy Bob must confront the past and serve as the boy's criminal attorney.
Billy Bob knows the propensity of the town, Deaf Smith, Texas, to make scapegoats out of the innocent and to exploit and sexually use the powerless. During Lucas's trial, Billy Bob realizes that he will have to bring injury upon Lucas as well as himself in order to save his son. As a result, Billy Bob incurs enemies that are far more dangerous than any he faced as a Texas Ranger.
With the same electric language and hard-edged style that brought James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux novels to the forefront of American crime fiction, Cimarron Rose explodes with a new, evocative setting that will establish Billy Bob Holland as James Lee Burke's next great character.
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I would like to start this review by saying, I am only halfway through the book right now. The story line seems good just as I expected, but unfortunately, the narration could use a little work. I recently discovered that this same book is available on audible with narration by Will Patton, so buy that addition, I'm sure it is much better. In this edition, the narrator makes one of the main characters sound incredibly stupid, which may not sound that bad, until you hear it. It keeps throwing me off every time the guy says something, it's almost agonizing. As for the other edition, Will Patton may be one of the most skilled narrators alive, and he has a whimsical way of delivering The story. So that being said, it's too late for me, but not for you. Enjoy the book...just not this one.
Burke delivers withanother great mystery/hero!
James Lee Burke is perhaps the best author for audible mystery lovers I know of. I'd have to say this one runs a close second to the Hackberry Holland series, my favorite of his works.
The wonderful interactions of the hero Holland interviewing suspects was a lot of fun, but my favorite moments were his conversations with his dead friend.
Tom caught my attention with his stellar performance in No Country For Old Men. I have loved all of Will Patton's work on most of Burke's novels, therefore I was skeptical over the editors choice of Stechshulte. I needn't have been concerned. He delivered big, so much so, I don't think Patton would have done better.
I did listen to this in one day!
Though this novel has fewer colorful and exagerated characters than Burke's other series, I found it refreshing and it even made for a More realistic and superior mystery. I just don't see how anyone would not enjoy this book.
- Charles Atkinson "Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?"