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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,448 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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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With his tangled family roots and the deep psychic scars he carries from earlier adventures as a Houston cop and a Texas Ranger, Billy Bob already looks like a mythic hero in the making.” 

    New York Times Book Review 

  • “The characters ring true in a weird way. They are quirky and appealing, and even the criminals make good company while the whodunit unfolds.” 

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Patton does a chilling job.” 

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  • Cimarron Rose is a fine, multitextured novel, full of Burke’s lilting, elegiac prose and unflinching in its portrait of the human heart in turmoil.” 

    Booklist

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Irene | 2/18/2014

    " I am sensitve to racial slurs or too many prejucidial statements -- even within a novel "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sherry | 2/1/2014

    " My first reaction is that Billy Bob Holland is Dave Robicheaux Lite. Instead of Clete Purcel, there is the ghost of L.Q. Navarro. Instead of Alafair from Guatemala, there is the Latino neighbor kid Pete. Instead of Tripod the racoon, there is Beau the horse. Similar chores. Similar sheriff. Similar criminals and crimes. Similar federal agents. Similar violence. Similar expressions. And so on and so on. But I liked it better at the end than the beginning, and I love James Lee Burke's writing, so it should be a 3.5. If I hadn't read so many Robicheaux stories first, I wonder how I would have reacted. Better because I had nothing to compare it to? Or worse because my fondness for Dave couldn't light up Billy Bob? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Connie | 1/29/2014

    " 1st in Bill Bob Holland series. This had L Q Navarro visiting Billy Bob when things were not going to well. He is a dead Texas Ranger and used to be Billy Bob's partner. Billy Bob is an attorney and trying to clear his sons name because he is accused of killing a girl. It is a very dark book, but I really like it because it appears to be so true. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 1864 | 1/21/2014

    " Texas attorney and former Texas Ranger Billy Bob Holland has many secrets in his dark past. Among them is Vernon Smothers' son Lucas, a teenaged boy about whom only Vernon and Billy Bob know the truth. Lucas is really Billy Bob's illegitimate son, and when Lucas is arrested for murder, Billy Bob knows that he has no choice but to confront the past and serve as the boy's criminal attorney. 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. And as a result, Billy Bob creates enemies that are far more dangerous than any he had faced as a Texas Ranger. "

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