Billy Bob Holland

5 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 952 ratings

Cimarron Rose Publisher's Summary

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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  • Book 1

    • Cimarron Rose

    • A Billy Bob Holland Novel, Book 1
    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
    • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 311
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 269
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 266

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Burke delivers withanother great mystery/hero!

    • By Charles Atkinson on 08-10-12

    Regular price: $22.63

  • Book 2

    • Heartwood

    • A Billy Bob Holland Novel, Book 2
    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
    • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 154
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 137
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 134

    Heartwood is a kind of tree that grows in layers. And as Billy Bob's grandfather once told him, you do well in life by keeping the roots in a clear stream and not letting anyone taint the water for you. But in Holland's dusty little hometown of Deaf Smith, in the hill country north of Austin, local kingpin Earl Deitrich has made a fortune running roughshod and tainting anyone who stands in his way. Billy Bob has problems with Deitrich and his shamelessly callous demeanor, but can't shake the legacy of his passion for Deitrich's "heartbreak-beautiful" wife, Peggy Jean.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Not JLB's best, narrator needs coaching

    • By Ed on 06-25-13

    Regular price: $22.63

  • Book 3

    • Bitterroot

    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Will Patton, Tom Stechschulte
    • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 154
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 135
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 134

    Billy Bob Holland's friend, Doc Voss, has been battling against a local mining company whose operations would severely threaten the area's economy. Despite Voss's best efforts, the mining interests make it clear that they will resort to any means to see that Voss backs off. What Billy Bob doesn't know is that one member of the pro-mining faction is Wyatt Dixon, a recent prison parolee intent on exacting revenge for his imprisonment and his sister's death, both events he believes were Billy Bob's doing.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Vacuous Characters in an Absence of Poetry

    • By Craig on 09-23-12

    Regular price: $22.63

  • Book 4

    • In the Moon of Red Ponies

    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
    • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 329
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 155
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 152

    In In the Moon of Red Ponies, Billy Bob Holland discovers that jail cells have revolving doors and the bad guys are back and aching for revenge.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Billy Bob Moves to Montana

    • By Ann Weathersby on 08-23-04

    Regular price: $39.93

    • In the Moon of Red Ponies

    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
    • Length: 12 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    In a thrilling combination of haunting suspense and captivating villains, James Lee Burke treats readers to another Billy Bob Holland novel, set in beautiful and mysterious Montana. In the Moon of Red Ponies is Burke at his best - a novel defined by plot twists, breathtaking suspense, and a colourful cast of the unforgettable villains which have earned Burke critical praise and a bestselling readership.

    Regular price: $17.95