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Bitterroot
Simon & Schuster, Jul 2001, 25.00, 334 pp. ISBN: 0743204832 Billy Bob Holland lives with the ghost of his best friend, L.Q. Navarro, the man he accidentally killed when they chased after drug smugglers in Mexico. Billy Bob actually sees and talks with Navarro, but cannot form any relationships with living people because of his all-consuming guilt. When his friend Doc Voss invites Billy Bob to visit him in Bitterroot Valley, Montana he...
Black Cherry Blues
A rogue detective is framed for murder and leaves the bayou country of Louisianna to go to Montana to prove his innocence. There he encounters old friends, betrayals and Mafia land deals and American Indian Movement deaths that all lead back to the man who is framing him....
Burning Angel
James Lee Burke's “Burning Angel” features Cajun country and Dave Robicheaux amd Burke is fast becoming “the” writer of the South! Certainly, he revels in putting New Iberia and New Orleans on the literary map! Robicheaux is a detective in the Iberia Parish sheriff's department and he is surprised when Sonny Boy Marsallus passes to him a notebook containing many “compromising secrets” about his Latin American activities. Sonny Boy is not your aver...
Cimarron Rose
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 ...

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In the Moon of Red Ponies
Simon & Schuster, Jun 2004 ISBN: 0743245431 Former Texas Ranger Billy Bob Holland and his wife Temple relocate to Missoula, Montana where he opens up a law practice. However, Billy Bob is a bit stunned to learn justice did it again as the state freed the most dangerous person he ever met, psychopath Wyatt Dixon (see BITTERROOT) on a technicality. Though concerned that the crazed Wyatt might target him or Temple, he never expected the man to arr...
Jolie Blon's Bounce
Dave, the deranged cop, gets the shit beat out of him, then he and a bunch of other unattractive underclass citizens run around insulting friends and foes alike. The characters all sound like loony tune escapees from a madhouse for religious zealots. Eventually the worst of the bad guys get a load of lead up their drawers while the rest of the characters are sentenced to live with themselves and each other while listening to nuts screaming in the swamp a...
Last Car to Elysian Fields
Simon & Schuster, Oct 2003, 24.95, 335 pp. ISBN: 0743245423 New Iberia, Louisiana homicide detective Dave Robicheaux and his friend private investigator Clete Purcel rough up former porn movie star Gunner Ardoin. Dave and Clete were retaliating for Gunner's beating up New Orleans priest Father Jimmie Dolan. Gunner gets back at the duo for their assault by suing them. Meanwhile hitman Max Coll stalks Father Jimmie. Apparently there is a nebu...
Purple Cane Road
Detective Dave Rabicheaux is obsessed with the murder of his mother. He longs to solve the most important investigation of his career...and life. He must set the record straight. Was his mother murdered, or not? And why? Did crooked cops kill his mother? And if they did, how far does the trail lead? To the top levels of law enforcement in the state of Louisiana? He must use his friends at the bottom, and in high places in Louisiana to complete the invest...