Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Cimarron Rose by James Lee Burke

Cimarron Rose (original 1997; edition 1997)

by James Lee Burke

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
716913,154 (3.79)20
Title:Cimarron Rose
Authors:James Lee Burke
Info:Hyperion Books (1997), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 288 pages
Collections:Your library, To read, favorite authors

Work details

Cimarron Rose by James Lee Burke (1997)



Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 20 mentions

English (7)  Dutch (2)  All (9)
Showing 1-5 of 7 (next | show all)
Cimarron Rose introduces another member of the Holland clan in Billy Bob Holland, a former Texas Ranger and state prosecutor turned defense lawyer. The plot is detailed with lots going on. Sense of place and history comes through, too. Interesting mix of crime drama and western lore makes it a fun read. Author's writing style seems to add credibility to that assertion. I'll read book #2, just to see what happens next. ( )
  buffalogr | Dec 15, 2016 |
I liked it, although I kept thinking I had read it before... in fact, it reminds me so much of a later book by the same author I will have to re-read that one... except that one was with Dave Robicheaux and this one with the un-hero-like Billy Bob... ( )
  jkdavies | Jun 14, 2016 |
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-grandfather's diary add some literary feeling to the story and differentiate Billy Bob a little from Burke's other character, Dave Robicheaux, who otherwise has a lot of similarities to Billy Bob (and in fact I've only read one of the Dave stories, so who knows....)
I might not have finished this book at this time, except it was one of the Edgar Best Novels which I'm going through in order. It does have a strong sense of place and history both local and family, but I just hate to see people act stupid. ( )
  auntieknickers | Apr 3, 2013 |
In some ways, this book is not really that different from the Dave Robicheaux series (same author) in tone and pacing. In both series the main characters are strong, silent and violent but... I actually prefer Billy Bob over Dave... I think it's because much of Dave's angst stems from a military background to which I can't relate, and has a lot of alcoholism-taint to his behavior. Billy Bob has issues, but they aren't related to drugs or alcohol and the source of his angst makes sense, even though it's a bit far-fetched at first glance.

The plot is quite detailed - lots going on - and there are a couple threads where you wonder if everyone really will get what they deserve (you'll want them to). I think in the end things work out in a sensible way, though I think the "sex interest" was a bit out of place and both oddly started and oddly wrapped up. I did spend most of the novel wondering if (okay, worrying that) one of the "good guys" was going to be killed... that's a good thing because it means the story, and the characters in it, weren't predictable.

It is a gritty noir with a decent mystery and distinctive characters. I will be reading the rest in the series. ( )
  crazybatcow | Jun 11, 2012 |
not up to his best
  Papa51 | Mar 6, 2012 |
Showing 1-5 of 7 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
To my mother, Mrs. James L. Burke, Sr.,

and my aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. James Brown Benbow
First words
My great-grandfather was Sam Morgan Holland, a drover who trailed cows up the Chisholm from San Antonio to Kansas.
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Information from the Dutch Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English


Book description
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0786889306, Mass Market Paperback)

Billy Bob Holland, the protagonist of Cimarron Rose, is an attorney in the dusty Texas town of Deaf Smith. An ex-Texas Ranger (cop, not ball-player) who mistakenly killed his partner during a drug bust, Holland is jolted from his brooding when his estranged illegitimate son is accused of the rape and murder of a party girl. He takes the case, of course, and things get complicated mighty quick. On a hunch only a father could believe, Holland is sure his son is being railroaded. Doggedly pursuing the truth, he runs afoul of sadistic cops, a powerful family, and the euphoniously-named Garland T. Moon, a feral thug with something to hide. Luckily, the folks on his team are just as tough. Burke's book isn't gritty realism--Holland's dead partner visits him often--but the characters ring true in a weird way. They are quirky and appealing, and even the criminals make good company while the whodunit unfolds.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:13:00 -0400)

(see all 4 descriptions)

Former Texas Ranger Billy Holland, now a lawyer, is hired to defend a teenage boy accused of killing his girlfriend. It is a family affair of sorts, the man who hired Holland being the boy's stepfather. The real father is Holland.

(summary from another edition)

» see all 5 descriptions

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
9 avail.
11 wanted
1 pay

Popular covers


Average: (3.79)
1 1
1.5 1
2 5
2.5 4
3 34
3.5 12
4 48
4.5 1
5 32

Recorded Books

An edition of this book was published by Recorded Books.

» Publisher information page

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


You are using the new servers! | About | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 114,412,043 books! | Top bar: Always visible