Title: CIMARRON ROSE - Scarce Fine Copy of The ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Hyperion Books, 1997
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 288 pages. Published in 1997. The author's sixteenth novel. One of James Lee Burke's finest achievements. The first appearance of the title in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents James Lee Burke's "Cimarron Rose". His beloved masterpiece. "A beautiful writer. His descriptions are glorious. One can almost see the ghost of Billy Bob's partner, feel the Texas thunderstorms, and see the town of Deaf Smith" (Library Journal). Firmly labeled as a "mystery writer", James Lee Burke is an American literary treasure, and more than any other living "mystery writer", his novels completely inhabit and transcend their genre at the same time. An absolute "must-have" title for James Lee Burke collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by James Lee Burke. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. The author has virtually stopped doing public signings since his arthritic condition worsened in recent years, making signed copies of his books highly collectible. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few such signed copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. One of the finest American novelists of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JAMES LEE BURKE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0786862580. Bookseller Inventory # 10166
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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