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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.

©2012 James Lee Burke (P)2012 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Burke delivers withanother great mystery/hero!

Where does Cimarron Rose rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

James Lee Burke is perhaps the best author for audible mystery lovers I know of. I'd have to say this one runs a close second to the Hackberry Holland series, my favorite of his works.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cimarron Rose?

The wonderful interactions of the hero Holland interviewing suspects was a lot of fun, but my favorite moments were his conversations with his dead friend.

What does Tom Stechschulte bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Tom caught my attention with his stellar performance in No Country For Old Men. I have loved all of Will Patton's work on most of Burke's novels, therefore I was skeptical over the editors choice of Stechshulte. I needn't have been concerned. He delivered big, so much so, I don't think Patton would have done better.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did listen to this in one day!

Any additional comments?

Though this novel has fewer colorful and exagerated characters than Burke's other series, I found it refreshing and it even made for a More realistic and superior mystery. I just don't see how anyone would not enjoy this book.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Don't miss out on this story

This is my first listen from James Lee Burke, and definitely not the last. It's one of those stories that keeps you listening when you know you should be doing other things.
The characters are a colorful lot, with bits of humor, and lots of deception. Billy Bob finds himself defending his illegitimate son, which leads to learning a whole lot of dirty little secrets from many of the town's residents. It's a suspenseful who done it, with a side monologue from Billy Bob's Grandfather telling his own story straight out of the old west.The narrator does an excellent job, capturing the feel of a small town in Texas.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Best Author

THE best American author. Past and present.

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  • Dawson city, Yukon, Canada
  • 01-27-13

Buy the other version

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I would like to start this review by saying, I am only halfway through the book right now. The story line seems good just as I expected, but unfortunately, the narration could use a little work. I recently discovered that this same book is available on audible with narration by Will Patton, so buy that addition, I'm sure it is much better. In this edition, the narrator makes one of the main characters sound incredibly stupid, which may not sound that bad, until you hear it. It keeps throwing me off every time the guy says something, it's almost agonizing. As for the other edition, Will Patton may be one of the most skilled narrators alive, and he has a whimsical way of delivering The story. So that being said, it's too late for me, but not for you. Enjoy the book...just not this one.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Not for me. horrible language! horrible language.

this eas doke kinf og over udr of yht gbeor v does a period count as a word or is it just a period and not counting as a word, so what do you think about this 15 word limit when I'm attempting to go back and get a new book to read this is a bunch of BS that you are putting out on this 15 words or less and I am totally disgusted with what you are attempting to do with this double nasty book I got I did read it all her listen to her rather but the language is absolutely pathetic and I think the overall rating is required as we speak.

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My First James Lee Burke

Why is it some author’s detailed descriptions annoy me and others work like they’re intended? Aided by the liberal use of metaphor, James Lee Burke and the narrator, Tom Stechschulte (who gave all the characters distinctly different and consistent voices), made listening to this book like watching a movie filmed in Texas with top-notch cinematography. The characters were wonderfully developed. I felt the range of human complexity in all the major players (except for Mary Beth, who remained distant, but I think she’s meant to be)—their emotional pain, their evil, their love, their honor, their savagery. The social commentary added further depth and was integral to the story. There are several plots which intrigue and intertwine, just enough backstory, and a satisfying ending. Although there’s violence aplenty, it never felt excessive, gratuitous, or out of character. Billy Bob Holland is my favorite book boyfriend in a long time. This is my first James Lee Burke, and I’m head-over-heels for his writing.

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Great book..not such a great narrator

As always, James Lee Burke does a fine fine job with another Hackberry episode. But the reader read as if every character was a version of Forrest Gump. Has he spent any time speaking to real Texans? Or studied that's very special accent at all? Such a pity.

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a good voice

a well conceived plot taken care of and a surprise to two along the way

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Great Author

Would you try another book from James Lee Burke and/or Tom Stechschulte?

Yes

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Great ending

How could the performance have been better?

I like Will Patton better but Stechschulte does a very good job as w

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Narrator made story so much better.

Really liked the story, ending could have been better. The narrator done a great job telling the story.