Cimarron Rose

Cimarron Rose

Large Print - 1998
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James Lee Burke's 1997 novel Cimarron Rose introduced a new character to the many fans of his Dave Robicheaux series: Billy Bob Holland, defense attorney, former police officer, and Texas Ranger, now living in the dusty little town of Deaf Smith in the hill country north of Austin.

Billy Bob, like all Burke characters, is a man with a history. The ghosts of his ancestors haunt this marvelously realized story of age-old feuds and of the sometimes subtle, sometimes violent, but always insidious conflicts between the haves and the have-nots. Whether it's manifested as a slight at a country club or a conflagration with Mexican-American gangbangers, tensions between the newly rich and those desperate to climb into circles of wealth and power at any cost animate a story with the vivid local detail, breathtaking action, and inimitable cast of characters Burke fans have come to expect.

As Billy Bob Holland's father tells him: "Heartwood trees grow in layers; like the spirit does, Grandpa Sam used to say. You just got to keep the roots in a clear stream and don't let nobody taint the water for you."

Publisher: Rockland, MA : Wheeler Pub., [1998]
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781568955278
Branch Call Number: FIC BURKE 1998
Characteristics: 411 pages (large print) ; 24 cm


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Oct 14, 2015

I'm a big fan of James Lee Burke's long-running Dave Robicheaux series, but am less familiar with his other series, which features a Texas attorney named Billy Bob Holland. I enjoy everything he writes, but didn't find this as compelling and tightly plotted as his best work.

Mar 29, 2015

Wow! A great story with rich evocative prose. No one writes with so much depth as James Lee Burke. Holland is much like the beloved Robicheaux, another of Burke's characters. Both men have an ingrained and deep moral code that motivates their common brimstone righteousness.

Jul 30, 2012

Though15 years after its first release, still a thriller to read; wall to wall characters with secretive past, misguided youth, ruthless killers and corrupted souls.


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Mar 29, 2015

"You always think of yourself as an extension of your past," she said. "So every new day of your life you're condemned to revisiting what you can't change."


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