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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: August 1997 ISBN: 9780743567923
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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.” 

    Audiofile

  • 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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffrey Hammerhead | 1/20/2014

    " Burke won the Edgar in 1998 for this novel. Wasn't sure if I was going to like, but his writing hooked me at the beginning and all through the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bayneeta | 1/16/2014

    " Billy Bod Holland (a relation of Hackberry Holland?) is an attorny in Deaf Smith, Texas. He finds himself defending his unacknowledged, illegitimate son in a rape-murder case. Lots going on. DEA investigations. Memories of previous times as a Texas Ranger. Will Patton reads this 1997 Burke title. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff Dickison | 12/9/2013

    " Another great story by James Lee Burke. The story was so engrossing that I couldn't put the book down and spent the day reading it. Highly recommended! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Poppy Fields | 11/15/2013

    " Great book with a stong lead character and plenty of action. It kept me guessing until the end has James Lee Burkes fantastic imagery through out the tale. I will definitely read the next in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 11/8/2013

    " Cimarron Rose by James Lee Burke (1999) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katy | 10/13/2013

    " There were several strands in the storyline, most of which joined together,but I couldn't understand the reasoning behind reading his great-grandfather's journal, except it gave the author the title to the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leon Aldrich | 10/6/2013

    " I've heard for a long time that Burke is a top notch writer. I am glad to finally add him to my pantheon of "must read" authors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maynard Lewis | 8/28/2013

    " The Texas Rangers from yesteryear and the wild west meet today's idea of justice. Getting to who wins is lots of fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 7/7/2013

    " Prose-storyline and sense of History and landscape. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 2/20/2013

    " One of my very favorites! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fredrick Danysh | 10/13/2012

    " Billy Bob Holland, a former Texas Ranger and formet prosecutor, is called upon to defend his biological son in a rape and murder case. In it he has to struggle with his past demons and come to grips with the affections of two women. Throughly enjoyed this story but don't want to give away the plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pauline | 6/9/2012

    " Preferred this to the first in his Dave Robicheaux series.Takes a while to get into his style but will read any others of his that I have "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Vazquez Roper | 6/4/2012

    " I love his books because they are usually set in New Orleans or Montana. He writes like he might talk, with very long run on sentences that I am sure make editors cringe. His descriptions are so detailed they paint a picture for you and his character's inner demons are so real they hurt. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cammie | 5/2/2012

    " James Lee Burke is one of best writers of our times. He is one of the few writers whose books I will purchase in hard cover because I can't wait for the paperback version to come out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 3/3/2012

    " He's my favorite author. Read a Burke book and your in a dark theater by yourself surrounded and engulfed by his images. I've read them all but can only do so once every 3-4 months because in the end they are their message about the human condition is not hopeful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana | 12/28/2011

    " Different charachters and settings than the Dave Robicheaux novels -- but still familiar. This was an interesting and entertaining read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 12/4/2011

    " Billy Bob is an ex Texas Ranger, ex Cop from Houston, and ex Federal Prosecutor. Now he's an attorney and finds himself defending his illegitimate son on a murder charge in Deaf Smith, Texas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clay Snellgrove | 9/29/2011

    " Pretty solid effort by an author I enjoy reading. This one won and edgar and it is easy to see why. Compelling, beautiful language. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 4/28/2011

    " Billy Bob Holland very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shirley | 4/26/2011

    " This is my first Burke book. I will need to read more of him to get a feel for his writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 4/1/2011

    " He's my favorite author. Read a Burke book and your in a dark theater by yourself surrounded and engulfed by his images. I've read them all but can only do so once every 3-4 months because in the end they are their message about the human condition is not hopeful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 9/6/2010

    " Prose-storyline and sense of History and landscape. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chip | 8/30/2010

    " Good, but not as engrossing as the others I've read. Plus, I think I'm already tiring of Burke's "formula." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 8/9/2010

    " I listened to this book, and the narrator was not good. Every Texan who was on the dumb side ended up sounding like Forrest Gump. It was insulting. Still a great book, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 5/23/2010

    " James Lee Burke is a favorite author of mine and this book is one of his best.

    Billy Bob Holland is flawed and wrestles with a dark side. The teenagers are believable and so is the small town it is set in.
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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Irene | 4/28/2010

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberlyn | 8/12/2009

    " several plot strands; old West characters meet modern day "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana | 6/11/2009

    " Different charachters and settings than the Dave Robicheaux novels -- but still familiar. This was an interesting and entertaining read. "

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