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Cimarron Rose (Billy Bob Holland #1)

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,783 Ratings  ·  130 Reviews

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

Published by B E Trice Pub (first published 1997)
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Paul Nelson
"Sometimes you’ve got to set people’s perspective straight."

Cimarron Rose introduces another member of the Holland clan in Billy Bob Holland, a former Texas Ranger and state prosecutor turned defense lawyer. Billy Bob as with all James Lee Burke characters comes with an honesty tainted with darkness that makes these brooding irresistible forces incredibly powerful and intriguing.

My favourite method of storytelling is by far first person point of view, when done right it puts you in the characte
Jan 04, 2012 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed
The first thing I want to say is that Burke's writing is BEAUTIFUL. It is full of wonderful prose and imagery and you can almost smell the flora, hear the fauna, and feel the history. Even if you hate the plot or dislike the characters, I think you will be drawn in by his skilled writing.

Billy Bob Holland is an enigma. Obviously, his psyche is terribly scared by the guilt he feels over his friend, L.Q. Navarro. The author allows the reader to decide if the appearances of the long-dead L.Q. Nava
Robert French
Cimarron Rose is the second book by James Lee Burke I have read. I have much to look forward to as I am new to his novels. Wayfaring Stranger was the first book I read, so I am starting to read his books after James Lee Burke has become a very accomplished and polished author. By my count, he has written at least 30 books. I can expect the next two or three years to be very entertaining. Burke’s use of language and descriptive turn of phrase is impressive. Sometimes plot matters little as you be ...more
Cathy DuPont
Aug 15, 2012 Cathy DuPont rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just discovering James Lee Burke more than a year ago, I was elated to see there were so many books to read. He’s been writing since the 1980’s. Fortunately I don’t mind discovering a writer who has so many books written which I haven’t read because it gives me a list, sometimes as in this case, a long list of books to read. And read I have, beginning with The Neon Rain; I was hooked from there with the Dave Robicheaux series.

Cimarron Rose introduces a new character, Billy Bob Holland and I am
Feb 16, 2010 Marti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the last James Lee Burke book in our nearby library, so now we'll have to look for more in book sales, or hope that he writes more as well. I think that addiction to books is certainly a better one than addiction to drugs, or smoking. This one from 1997 is from the Billy Bob Holland series, where he lives near Deaf Smith, Texas and is an attorney. He likes to read the diary of his grandfather, and the title refers to the woman friend of the grandfather. Billy Bob himself fathered an ill ...more
Aug 25, 2011 Connie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1st in Bill Bob Holland series. This had L Q Navarro visiting Billy Bob when things were not going to well. He is a dead Texas Ranger and used to be Billy Bob's partner. Billy Bob is an attorney and trying to clear his sons name because he is accused of killing a girl. It is a very dark book, but I really like it because it appears to be so true.
Poppy Fields
Jul 01, 2011 Poppy Fields rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book with a stong lead character and plenty of action. It kept me guessing until the end has James Lee Burkes fantastic imagery through out the tale. I will definitely read the next in the series.
Apr 22, 2009 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite the fact that the hero of this book was a half-crazy and violent man, who fathered at least one illegitimate child & murdered his best friend, I liked this book! Seriously, James Lee Burke has considerable talent in characterization, and his book was filled with people who - unfortunately - seem only too real. The rural youth he depicts not only talk & act like their real-life counterparts, but the small town in which they live is timeless & universal. I was not only sucked i ...more
Jun 23, 2011 Mr.B rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big fan of James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux novels. I consider him among the best prose stylists in American literature. But this novel just didn't grab me like his other series. I don't know, maybe too much cowboy in it. A small-town Texas lawyer, formerly a Texas Ranger, with a haunted past and a confused set of relationships, is called upon to defend his "secret" son, the child of his adulterous affair with the defendant's mother. He is visited regularly and often by the ghost of his f ...more
Benjamin Thomas
Ahhh...the dreaded 3 star rating. For me that is a literal translation of the Goodreads rating system, meaning..."I liked it". I didn't love it and I didn't dislike it, so there you are.

This was my first book by Mr. Burke and I will say, absolutely, I am impressed with his ability to write a scene. Every scene here simply drips with authenticity and style. And his characterization is superb, especially with the protagonist Billy Bob Holland. Talk about a troubled soul. So I have no beef with the
Aug 21, 2012 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Anyone who reads Burke's Robicheaux series will immediately recognize the numerous similarities in style, dialogue, and plot. There are so many elements reincarnated, right down to phrases that are plucked from one series and plopped down in this book. "Take the okra out of your mouth", for instance; how many times have you heard that in a Burke book, usually as mashed potatoes or marbles. I have commented on Burke's proclivity to do this, so I won't beat it to death. But he also repeatedly incl ...more
Nov 16, 2008 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2001
I purchased this book on the recomendation of a co-worker when I worked for Barnes and Noble. It was his favorite mystery writer and since I was new to the genre and was assigned to pick a mystery book and do a book report on it for the class - I was greatful for the recomendation.

My memories of this book are tied up in the presentation I had to give. It was a tough book to explain! There was alot going on and trying to explain things like the dead partner of the main character visiting him and
Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Die Rose von Cimarron

Roseanne Hazlitt wird schwer misshandelt aufgefunden und stirbt im Krankenhaus. Ihr Freund Lucas, mit dem sie an ihrem letzten Abend gesehen wurde, wird des Totschlags verdächtigt und gefangen genommen. Texanische Gefängnisse sind nicht schön und nicht nur deshalb engagiert Lucas` Vater Vernon den Anwalt Billy Bob Holland. Holland, der ehemalige Ranger und Bundesanwalt, macht sich auf die Suche nach der unschönen Wahrheit. Lucas kann zu so einer Tat eigentlich nicht fähig se
Jan 18, 2010 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
James Lee Burke is a favorite author and this was one of his best books. His main character always has inner devils that he must deal with and Billy Bob Holland certainly does in this book. There is romance, coming to grips with one's self, action, and a great story line. Burke almost always has his hero go up against the unjust/evil powers that be. In some cases it is crooked people in the justice system, criminals, and/or people with money. He has all in this book.

Worth the read.
Aug 25, 2011 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I believe this to be one of James Lee Burke's best and it is one of my favourites.
Billy Bob Holland, a former Texas Ranger and now an attorney defines what a father will sacrifice to save his son.
A tale of class warfare and the dismissive arrogance of wealth and power interwoven with murder and the diary of Billy Bob's Grandfather, Sam Morgan Holland, that tells of Sam's love for a woman that saves his soul.
A book of great violence and very great beauty.
Lorin Cary
Feb 22, 2011 Lorin Cary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not your typical legal thriller although a trial is at the center of the story. Burke divulges the past of Texas attorney Billy Bob Holland, his protagonist, in snippets. Memories of his past actions dance with excerpts from his grandfather's diary. A love story sub plot blends with several others and provide tension. You'll have to read the book to see what I mean.
Mel Allred
Feb 08, 2009 Mel Allred rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy Burke's writings, they are full of tension, deceit and the integrity required to survive both. I recall most vividly the hero's recollections of his grandfather who, like the author, is a study in contradictions.
Sep 13, 2013 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the excerpts from the great grandfather's journal. An entire novel about him and his girlfriend would be great.

Burke tied up all the loose ends by the last page. To me, this multi-layered novel was one of his best.
Beth Mcintyre
Apr 09, 2012 Beth Mcintyre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the one he signed for me...I gave him 2 roses, and he wrote, "Thanks for the flowers." He looks like the Marlboro a good way, and reminds me of my grandpa.
Mar 31, 2014 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having read many of Burke's novels I was surprised to discover that this is the first of his Billy Bob Holland series. One of the great things about Burke's novels is that they do not have to be read in any particular order. Burke is a master, a treasure, undeniably one of the best at setting a stage and a scene. About as different a writer from, say, Hemingway or Elmore Leonard as it is possible to be, in that he is lavish in description and conversation. His dialogue is never stilted, always s ...more
Leon Aldrich
I've heard for a long time that Burke is a top notch writer. I am glad to finally add him to my pantheon of "must read" authors.
Good Western. Second time I read the book and found more history than I recall on first read a dozen years ago!
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Jun 27, 2011 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of Hard-Boiled Mysteries
I've seen Burke praised for his wonderful style. I know an acquiring editor who gave Burke as an example of the best in terms of line-by-line writing, and if you look inside the covers of his books, you'll see him praised as the epitome of hard-boiled detective fiction. I think my problem with him is I really don't like hard-boiled fiction.

My first try was Neon Rain, the first Dave Robicheaux book, and I didn't like the book or the hero at all--only read about 60 pages before dropping it, becaus
Michael Ridpath
James Lee Burke is one of my favourite writers, and he shows his skills in this novel, evoking the small Texas town in which the book takes place. Billy Bob is a small town lawyer who takes the case of a local kid falsely accused of the murder of his girlfriend outside a bar one night while drunk. Various psychopathic lowlifes wander in and out of the plot, spreading blood and anger as they go.

Crime novels stand or fall on their central character, their "detective", and unfortunately, Billy Bob
Jan 06, 2013 Kevin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was my first read by author James Lee Burke as every once in a while I try a new author. I am not sure I am going to revisit this author again as I found this book a chore to get through. I remained dilligent and did wade through all the cutesy comments and sayings that Burke's characters threw in along the way, I did feel as though it distracted from the story and book. Some of the comments would have added color and flair, but it seems as though Burke deemed it necessary to make a jaded o ...more
The slowness of my reading is partly down to this book, which took me a loooonng time to get through. Not that it isn't well written; but I had a hard time with so many people making so many bad choices, especially the protagonist. This is the first in the Billy Bob Holland series, and I'll read another just to see how in the heck Burke turns him into a series character when he seems to be burning bridges at every step. The addition of a "ghost" and the device of quoting from Billy Bob's great-g ...more
Aug 24, 2013 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, legal, crime, western
#1 in the Billy Bob Holland series. James Lee Burke, better known for his Dave Robicheaux series, creates prose by wielding his pencil like a paintbrush. His poetic descriptions add much to the novel but at times threaten to overwhelm the narrative. The plot relates to the brutal beating death of a young woman in the small Texas town of Deaf Smith, a murder blamed on Holland's unacknowledged son and Holland's efforts as a defense attorney to prove the boy innocent. Wrapped around the plotline an ...more
Donna Davis
This is the second of Burke's Edgar winning novels, and those two awards were what led an unlikely fan such as myself, an urban woman from the Pacific Northwestern US, to commence reading a series about a cowboy-type cop in Texas.

My setting and Burke's are very different, as are our tastes in food, climate, and surroundings, but our values work along very similar lines in most ways, and key among them is the role of class and money in what passes for a justice system in this country.

The Vanzandt
Nov 15, 2012 Tracie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library_book
Oof, this was all over the place. There were a few parts where I'd start to get into it, then the tone would shift and I'd get bored and set it aside. This isn't a book I was ever dying to keep reading. Someone tried to describe it as western noir, but really it's just a shit romance novel for men. There were at least four separate stories going on here, and I'd love to tell you that they cleverly mesh together, but they don't. At all. I spent the whole book going, "Wait, what does his great-gra ...more
Apr 10, 2016 Janice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Sterne
Dieser Kriminalroman ist sicher anders als die meisten. Ein Strafverteidiger in einer texanischen Kleinstadt mit einer sehr bewegten Vergangenheit und einem Geist, der ihn heimsucht. Ob er den jungen Lucas vor dem Gefängnis bewahren kann, steht bis zum Schluss offen. Dass Lucas nicht der Täter ist, steht außer Frage für den Leser und der eigentliche Täter ist am Ende doch noch eine Überraschung. Das Ende selbst, was alles noch passiert, fand ich etwas übertrieben und nicht sehr wahrsch
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James Lee Burke is an American author best known for his mysteries, particularly the Dave Robicheaux series. He has twice received the Edgar Award for Best Novel, for Black Cherry Blues in 1990 and Cimarron Rose in 1998.

Burke was born in Houston, Texas, but grew up on the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast. He attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the University of Missouri, receiving
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