Cimarron Rose Book Summary and Study Guide

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James Lee Burke sets many of his stories in and around the state of Louisiana, but Cimarron Rose is set in a small Texas town and features Billy Bob Holland, a respected attorney who is haunted by the memory of shooting his own partner in a drug raid when he was younger and a Texas Ranger. This preoccupation with the past is just an extremely interesting sub-plot, though. The real story is about what Billy Bob does to prove that his illegitimate son is not guilty of the murder for which he is charged. The murder was a brutal one, with overtones of rape, and the evidence against Billy Bob's unacknowledged offspring is convincing at first glance. But Billy Bob feels strongly that the boy is incapable of such an act and as he discovers some deep and dark secrets about some of the leading citizens of the town, he is more and more convinced that the boy is being railroaded. A captivating mystery within a mystery that is extremely well written.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Special suspect?    -   relative Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   character killed during/after sexing    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   finding a known killer

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   a lawyer creature Age:    -   40's-50's


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Texas Small town?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   descript. of other female areas Unusual forms of death    -   rough sex    -   perforation--bullets Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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