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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: June 2012 ISBN: 9781442356207
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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.”

    Booklist

  • “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 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 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 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 Winston Brown | 1/23/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leon Aldrich | 1/20/2014

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffrey Hammerhead | 1/18/2014

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katy | 1/18/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth Mcintyre | 1/15/2014

    " This is the one he signed for me...I gave him 2 roses, and he wrote, "Thanks for the flowers." He looks like the Marlboro Man...in a good way, and reminds me of my grandpa. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana | 1/8/2014

    " 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 Joe | 1/8/2014

    " A very enjoyable first Billy Bob Holland novel, this series is set in Texas. A typical JLB storyline and prose with fascinating and flawed characters. I love this authors work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 1/1/2014

    " 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 Chip | 12/29/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cammie | 12/25/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shirley | 11/11/2013

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Eileen | 9/12/2013

    " I love to read James Lee Burke and his Dave Robecheau novels. This one was not about Dave, but about an attorney Billy Bob Holland, that was just as irreverant as Dave. The story line was not real to me. Most of the action was brutal, and the language seemed always to be vulgar. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pauline | 5/27/2013

    " 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 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clay Snellgrove | 3/11/2013

    " 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 Don Thomson | 2/26/2013

    " Listened as an audio book and enjoyed the narrator's style. Great writing for what I thought would be just a good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bayneeta | 2/7/2013

    " 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 Boni | 11/1/2012

    " Enjoy this series and listened to most while travelig to Mexico "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Poppy Fields | 10/3/2012

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff Dickison | 7/17/2012

    " 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! "

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About the Author
Author James Lee Burke

James Lee Burke James Lee Burke, a rare winner of two Edgar Awards and named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, is the author of more than thirty novels and two collections of short stories, including the New York Times bestsellers Creole Belle, Dixie City Jam, The Glass Rainbow, Rain Gods, Pegasus Descending, The Tin Roof Blowdown, Feast Day of Fools, and more.. His novel The Lost-Get Back Boogie was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and two of his books, Heaven’s Prisoners and Two for Texas, have been made into motion pictures.

About the Narrator

Tom Stechschulte has narrated well over a hundred audiobooks and has won sixteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. He won the prestigious Audie Award in 2009 and has been a finalist for the Audie in 2005 and 2011. As an actor, he has been seen in eleven Broadway shows as well as numerous television and film shows, including the remake of The Manchurian Candidate.