Cimarron Rose

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Written By: James Lee Burke

Narrated By: Will Patton

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: August 1997

Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes


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.


  • Thomas Fitzpatrick

    If you've read Jolie Blon's Bounce, you can skip this one, since it's basically the same plot with different geography.

  • Anonymous

    Very enjoyable book, James Lee Burke writes a good story. The story builds and keeps your interest, however, the ending is a little weak.

  • Wendy Hobson

    James Lee Burke is my favorite author. I have read all of his Robicheaux books and this was my first Billy Bob. It was wonderful just as I expected.

  • DLCT

    Although it's annoying when the hero keeps seeing and conversing with his long-dead partner and reading about his great-grandfather's exploits in pre-statehood Texas, the main tale is compelling with believeable characters and menacing bad guys. I had some trouble during my commute keeping all the many characters straight at first, but eventually got the hang of who was who. I didn't figure this one out which says a lot. Give it a shot!

  • jazzgizmo

    Burke's book are usually great, but the reader made me nuts. Fake southern accent, I just couldn't stand it.

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