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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,447 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Lee Burke Narrator: Tom Stechschulte Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged 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 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’ 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Along with an evocative sense of place rendered in the Burke tradition, Billy Bob's humanity suffuses every page with a warm, golden glow. Readers will undoubtedly fall for him as he lassos a child abuser in the center of town and argues with the ghost of his slain Ranger partner. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “Issues of independence versus community have long reigned supreme in the literature of the West, and Burke draws on that tradition effectively, contrasting the dusty desperation of an intolerant Texas town with the pioneer spirit of Billy Bob’s ancestors. Both similar to and different from the Robicheaux books, 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.”


  • “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

  • “Even the ragged ends make other mystery novels look anemic.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kimberlyn | 2/15/2014

    " 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 by Julie | 2/7/2014

    " Cimarron Rose by James Lee Burke (1999) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Stephanie | 2/7/2014

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Winston Brown | 1/23/2014

    " A Texan small town rape trial which exemplified the predjudice which must exist. "

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