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Cimarron Rose (Billy Bob Boy Howdy) [Mass Market Paperback]

James Lee Burke , Amy Rost
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Jun 1998 Billy Bob Boy Howdy

Lucas Smothers, nineteen and from the wrong end of town, has been arrested for the rape and murder of a local girl. His lawyer Billy Bob Holland is convinced of Lucas's innocence but proving it means unearthing the truth from a seething mass of deceit and corruption. A corruption endemic in the way it can be only in a gossipy small town where everybody knows everybody else's business.

Billy Bob's relationship with Lucas's family is not an easy one - years back he was a close friend of Mrs Smothers, too close according to her husband Vernon. And when Lucas overhears gruesome tales of serial murder from a neighbouring cell in the local lock-up, the waters are muddied even further and Lucas himself looks like a candidate for an untimely death.

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--This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 406 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Books (Jun 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786889306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786889303
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 10.3 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,228,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

James Lee Burke is the author of many previous novels, many featuring Detective Dave Robicheaux. He won the Edgar Award in 1998 for Cimarron Rose, while Black Cherry Blues won the Edgar in 1990 and Sunset Limited was awarded the CWA Gold Dagger in 1998. He lives with his wife, Pearl, in Missoula, Montana and New Iberia, Louisiana.

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'Evil, bigotry and doing the right thing. All are done as expertly as ever by a master writer' DAILY TELEGRAPH --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

About the Author

James Lee Burke has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, and his novel The Lost Get-Back Boogie was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He won the Egar Award in 1989 for Black Cherry Blues. His two most recent novels, Dixie City Jam and Burning Angel, have been New York Times bestsellers. He divides his time between Missoula, Montana and Louisiana. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Small Town Defense Lawyer Plays Lone Ranger 10 May 2004
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Cimarron Rose is a typically offbeat James Lee Burke tale, set in the small town of Deaf Smith, Texas. Defense attorney, Billy Bob Holland, is asked to take on the cases of two young men, and soon finds himself in the middle of a complex set of corrupt relationships that will not be sorted out unless he does it. The book has a fascinating story within a story delivered in the form of a journal inherited from his Great-grandpa Sam that Billy Bob reads almost daily while pursuing the case. The book has fascinating characters whose evil, blindness, and carelessness make the story develop in unexpected ways. Although the book has much violence in it, there is a genuine attempt to keep the violence within some sort of limits that makes the book more appealing.
I like books that feature significant character development, and this one does an exemplary job with Billy Bob and Lucas Smothers, who is accused of a rape and murder. These two men are very complicated but in a way that will draw you in, and cause you to root for them to keep following their ideals and dreams.
The backdrop is a crooked town, in a corrupt county, with lots of bent government types running around. Although probably no worse than a lot of other places, this book is about a sort of Texas Sodom and Gomorrah. There is a need for someone to do more than what is required, and Billy Bob takes on that role. You will find those who are satisfied with their wealthy lives just as culpable as those who are totally corrupt.
Fans of the Dave Robicheaux novels will find this one follows the general approach of those rich, complex stories.
Clearly, Billy Bob is a fellow who operates well outside the law, a sort of modern day Lone Ranger. At the same time, he can barely keep himself from going off the deep end mentally.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Small Town Defense Lawyer Plays Lone Ranger 23 July 2004
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Cimarron Rose is a typically offbeat James Lee Burke tale, set in the small town of Deaf Smith, Texas. Defense attorney, Billy Bob Holland, is asked to take on the cases of two young men, and soon finds himself in the middle of a complex set of corrupt relationships that will not be sorted out unless he does it. The book has a fascinating story within a story delivered in the form of a journal inherited from his Great-grandpa Sam that Billy Bob reads almost daily while pursuing the case. The book has fascinating characters whose evil, blindness, and carelessness make the story develop in unexpected ways. Although the book has much violence in it, there is a genuine attempt to keep the violence within some sort of limits that makes the book more appealing.
I like books that feature significant character development, and this one does an exemplary job with Billy Bob and Lucas Smothers, who is accused of a rape and murder. These two men are very complicated but in a way that will draw you in, and cause you to root for them to keep following their ideals and dreams.
The backdrop is a crooked town, in a corrupt county, with lots of bent government types running around. Although probably no worse than a lot of other places, this book is about a sort of Texas Sodom and Gomorrah. There is a need for someone to do more than what is required, and Billy Bob takes on that role. You will find those who are satisfied with their wealthy lives just as culpable as those who are totally corrupt.
Fans of the Dave Robicheaux novels will find this one follows the general approach of those rich, complex stories.
Clearly, Billy Bob is a fellow who operates well outside the law, a sort of modern day Lone Ranger. At the same time, he can barely keep himself from going off the deep end mentally.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Texas’ Lone Ranger 27 Feb 2006
Format:Paperback
Defense attorney Billy Bob Holland is an ex-Texas Ranger, who has taken a murder case where the chief suspect is his illegitimate son. But this isn’t a simple plot; it involves his father and his great grandfather’s diary as well. The past also haunts him literally—in the form of L.Q. Navarro. As a Ranger, Billy Bob accidentally killed his partner and friend. Periodically L.Q. appears to Billy Bob and offers him advice. The intricate plot and fluid writing definitely draw you into the Billy Bob’s world. For instance, there isn’t just one villain; the novel is full of unsavory characters. I fell in love with the lyric images floating from the pages and atmosphere, but I have to admit the ending was a bit confusing.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A well-done work by an excellent writer. 17 Dec 1999
By Stout
Format:Paperback
Burke is a "reliable author". If you want to spend your time and money reasonably - "Cimarron Rose" is just what you need. Everything in the book is thought over thoroughly - characters, dialogues, places, actions. It is a well-balanced crime-story for leisurely reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best as always from writer with grit & humour 13 April 2014
By Joe c
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Usual top notch from James ,productive & entertaining from start to Finnish , heart n soul and grit as per norm
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