This is about Texas attorney, Billy Bob Holland finally acknowledging that Lucas Smothers is his son. He helps Lucas attempt to prove that he did not murder a young woman with whom he had a relationship.
If you've enjoyed other Billy Bob Holland stories, this one gives more insight into his character as well as his weaknesses.
New character series by the man who made Dave Robicheaux a member of our family. Billie Bob Holland is an ex-cop, ex-Texas Ranger, current defense attorney. Gritty dialog.
Edgar award Winning classic about Texas Ranger. James Lee Burke is one my favorite authors in any genre.
I just recently discovered Burke. He moved immediately into my top 10 authors. His books are a combination of winning characters and settings, great plots, and a combination of violence and near poetry. I rank this as a five star book, something that I don't think I've done since I jointed PBS. After many successes with books set in Louisana, this is the start of a new series further west (in this case, Texas). Billy Bob Holland is as compelling a protagonist as Dave Robicheaux in the earlier novels.
Beautifully written, wonderful characters, moody, broody and gripping right to the end. James Lee Burke is one of America's premiere mystery writers. An Edgar Award winner and one of my top three living American authors.
Texas attorney Billy Bob Holland, a former Texas Ranger, has many skeletons in his closet. One of these involves Vernon Smother's son Lucas, now a teenage boy about whom only Vernon and Billy Bob know the truth. Lucas is Billy Bob's illegitimate son, and when Lucas gets arrested for murder, Billy Bob must confront the past and serve as his son's criminal attorney.
Lucas is a 16-year-old country musician accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend. He was discovered unconscious near the girl's dead body and has no clear recollection of what happened. However, Billy Bob knows the way things operate in Deaf Smith, Texas, how scapegoats are made out of the innocent and those without power are exploited. The children of the wealthy East Enders were with Billy Bob's son and the dead girl the evening of her murder. As the trial proceeds, Billy Bob soon realizes that he will have to bring injury upon himself and Lucas in order to save his son. As a result, Billy Bob makes enemies that are much more dangerous than the numerous criminals he faced as a Texas Ranger.
Billy Bob Holland is a former Texas Ranger, Prosecuting Attorney and now defense lawyer. However he does not take drug cases. A young girl is raped and murdered and his illegitimate son is accused of the crime. Billy Bob has to prove him innocent and find the real murderer.
Well-written violent crime novel
Another HIT with Billy Bob Holland.
James Lee Burk never disappointment.
This was my first read by author James Lee Burke as every once in a while I try a new author. I am not sure I am going to revisit this author again as I found this book a chore to get through. I remained dilligent and did wade through all the cutesy comments and sayings that Burke's characters threw in along the way, I did feel as though it distracted from the story and book. Some of the comments would have added color and flair, but it seems as though Burke deemed it necessary to make a jaded or colored comment from every character at ever turn. This distracted from the story and made it hard to follow and get down to business. Also I felt as though his characters werent developed as well as they could have been for many reasons I won't get into. I am not a prude, but also felt the story was weighed down with lots of vulgarity in which a little would have gone a long way. The story overall was one that was a good one to tell, and you did find yourself rooting for the main character Lucas Smothers (Billy Bob's illigetimate son) that lawyer Billy Bob Holland worked to free of a murder charge. Later in the novel when the courtroom scenes appeared, I did think that this was well written as the evidence in the case comes to view. Some of the vial criminals and characters leading up to that were pushed a little too much upon us as readers I felt. Too there was Billy Bob's former dead Texas Ranger partner LQ Navarro that was brought to light along the way that made commmentary in Billy Bob's head, at times he added and brought light to the story and at other times he was just another distraction from the telling of the story. Perhaps it wasn't my cup of tea as some of my favorite mystery authors like Jonathan Kellerman, William Kent Krueger, and even western author Elmer Kelton develop and write with such a flair that the pages fly off the books like a hurricane raged stream flows to a main river. There I added my own cutesy comment to the reivew. Going to give Burke the benefit of the doubt and not give him a rating of one, but a two because of the overall content and scope of the story. Again at some point I may pick up another book and see how it goes, but for now I am going to give it a rest!!!
I love the way Burke writes, so lyrical and descriptive.
Didn't like it very much......