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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,351 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Lee Burke Narrator: Will Patton Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Billy Bob Holland Series Release Date:
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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 bulkhed of patriotic paranoia -- Bitterroot features Blly 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 facinationg is that beneath the guise of justice for the weak and downtrodden lies a tendency for violence that at all times becomes more terrifying than the danger he is trying to eradicate.

Crafted with the lyrical prose and the elegiac tome that have inspired many critics to compare James lee Burke to William Faulkner, Bitterroot is a thriller that surpasses the success of his previous novels.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Those who relish Burke’s patented mix of supercharged violence and overheated passions are in for a treat.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Burke has a wonderful sense of place; his settings always seep into and flavor the story. His characters are also vivid, angry, and touched hard by the world’s cruelty, although sometimes it seems that the difference between the bad guys and the good guys is that the bad guys enjoy the mayhem and carnage they cause just a little more.” 

    Library Journal

  • “Burke’s patented lyricism has never been more beautiful—or seemed more fresh—than in his descriptions of the Montana landscape, and he does a wonderful job of contrasting that harmonious and peaceful setting with the jarring dissonance of failed human relations.” 


  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Pat | 2/16/2014

    " Bobby Lee Holland goes to Montana to visit his friend, Doc Voss, and gets tangled up with a psychopath, mobsters and a white supremacist group. Great story and read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jaime | 2/11/2014

    " There's so much going on in this book I'm still processing. But he's a good story-spinner, that James Lee Burke. Plus, I'm pretty sure he's a friend of my uncle's, and I found this book in a laundry room. Free books: I'm happy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Frank Ryerson | 2/10/2014

    " The most literary writer of the mystery genre--Faulknerian! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Madrona310 | 2/3/2014

    " didn't finish this. I waded through the stereotypical old tough military/lawman characterization getting into bar room confrontations with bikers. But there is nothing I hate more than the women getting victimized just because they know these guys. HATE that plot line! The only thing worse is when the tough guy's girlfriend is too stupid to stay out of the middle of it and gets captured and then he has to go after her, blah blah blah. "

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