Title: Cimarron Rose
Publisher: Hyperion Books (1997), New York
Publication Date: 1997
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Signed: Signed By Author
Edition: First Edition.
Billy Bob Holland, a Texas attorney and former Texas Ranger, must confront his past when the son he had never acknowledged is arrested for murder. Signed by the author on title page. First edition (first printing). Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Front flap of dust jacket is creased. Bookseller Inventory # 132268
Synopsis: When his illegitimate son is wrongly accused of murder, Billy Bob Holland stands alone against the ruthless powers controlling the small town of Deaf Smith, Texas, as his investigation uncovers deeply rooted, high-level corruption, violence, and murder.
Review: 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.
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