Bitterroot

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Written By: James Lee Burke

Narrated By: Will Patton

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: June 2001

Duration: 5 hours 59 minutes

Summary:

Set in the rugged Bitterroot valley of Montana -- home to celebrities seeking to escape the pressures of public life and xenophobes dedicated to establishing a bulkhed of patriotic paranoia -- Bitterroot features Blly Bob Holland, former Texas Ranger and now a Texas-based lawyer, who has come to Big Sky country at the request of an old friend in trouble.

And big trouble it is, not just for his friend, but for Billy Bob himself -- in the form of Wyatt Dixon, a recent prison parolee sworn to kill Billy Bob as revenge for both his imprisonment and his sister's death, both of which he blames on the former Texas lawman. As the mysteries multiply and the body count mounts, the listener is drawn deeper and deeper into the tortured mind of Billy Bob Holland, an incredibly complex hero, tormented by the mistakes of his past and driven to make things -- all things -- right. What makes him especially facinationg is that beneath the guise of justice for the weak and downtrodden lies a tendency for violence that at all times becomes more terrifying than the danger he is trying to eradicate.

Crafted with the lyrical prose and the elegiac tome that have inspired many critics to compare James lee Burke to William Faulkner, Bitterroot is a thriller that surpasses the success of his previous novels.

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  • Kyle

    JLB is probably the best author I have read for getting you into the "feel" of a book. His descriptions of people, places and the the time are outstanding. This book is all Burke and is another chapter in the BBH legacy. I highly encourage you to listen to it, as you will get entrenched in the characters and want to listen to the entire book straight through.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry, I didn't like it. The violence was too graphic and I especially found the sexual violence disturbing. I Like the backdrop of the Montana life style, that's why I toughed it out and finished the book, but I found it left me feeling sorry for these people who seemed so unhappy in their lives. The author does some really nice discriptive writing and paints beautiful word pictures. If you like gritty, tough mystery novels you might like it.

  • Stephen Thigpen

    JAMES LEE BURKE IS THE MAN. THIS DUDE CAN WRITE. WILL PATTON IS A GREAT READER AND BILLY BOB IS NOT TO BE TOYED WITH.

  • Wendy Hobson

    Wish I could give a higher rating...this book was wonderful...wonderful characters....great plot... and of course the reader is the best (as usual).

  • Sandra Rogers

    Entertaining, ending not revealed prior to the end of book.

  • Jay Britt

    Fast moving, easy listening book with a few twists and turns

  • Anonymous

    I was not too impressed with this novel. The plot was rather disjointed and the reader had a very strong Texas accent - - he was not able to differentiate voices well. The author never developed his characters and events just jumped out from nowhere and did not make much sense.