Cimarron Rose

Cimarron Rose

Book - 1997
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My grandfather and his father were both violent men. Their eyes were possessed of a peculiar unfocused light and the ghosts of the men they had killed visited them in their sleep. When I was a young police officer in Houston, I swore their legacy would not be mine. But if there are drunkards in your family, the chances are that you will drink from the same cup as they. The war that can flare in your breast with each dawn doesn't always have to come from a charcoal-lined barrel.Thus begins the powerful new mystery -- and new direction -- from the best-selling author considered one of the very finest American crime writers ever. Cimarron Rose erupts with the intensity, violence, breathtaking beauty, and bittersweet history of the American West -- and the same electric language and style that first brought to life the New South of Burke's legendary Dave Robicheaux series, catching the attention of booksellers and fans who catapulted Burke onto bestseller lists everywhere.To defend his illegitimate son wrongly accused of murder, Billy Bob Holland takes on the powerful class interests controlling the small town of Deaf Smith, Texas. But when a Mexican outlaw responsible for Holland's mistaken murder of his own partner years ago when he was a Texas Ranger resurfaces as a DEA agent, Holland realizes the corruption is more deeply rooted than he imagined. And a long-renounced violence flares within him like dry lightning on the horizon of the Texas plains. Cimarron Rose marks a new departure sure to please Burke's many fans, while finding an enthusiastic audience among readers drawn to tales of the contemporary West.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, 1997.
ISBN: 9780786862580
0786862580
Branch Call Number: BURK
Characteristics: 288p. 24cm.

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lukasevansherman
Oct 14, 2015

I'm a big fan of James Lee Burke's long-running Dave Robicheaux series, but am less familiar with his other series, which features a Texas attorney named Billy Bob Holland. I enjoy everything he writes, but didn't find this as compelling and tightly plotted as his best work.

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Dreamstime
Mar 29, 2015

Wow! A great story with rich evocative prose. No one writes with so much depth as James Lee Burke. Holland is much like the beloved Robicheaux, another of Burke's characters. Both men have an ingrained and deep moral code that motivates their common brimstone righteousness.

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jimg2000
Jul 30, 2012

Though15 years after its first release, still a thriller to read; wall to wall characters with secretive past, misguided youth, ruthless killers and corrupted souls.

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Mar 29, 2015

"You always think of yourself as an extension of your past," she said. "So every new day of your life you're condemned to revisiting what you can't change."

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