Cimarron Rose (Billy Bob Holland #1)
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Cimarron Rose introduces a new character, Billy Bob Holland and I am ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Worth the read.
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.
Burke tied up all the loose ends by the last page. To me, this multi-layered novel was one of his best.
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 ...more
Crime novels stand or fall on their central character, their "detective", and unfortunately, Billy Bob ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more