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Bitterroot: A Billy Bob Holland Novel (A Billy Bob Holland Novel)

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Publisher Comments:

Following his acclaimed bestseller Purple Cane Road, James Lee Burke returns with a triumphant tour de force.

Set in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana, home to celebrities seeking to escape the pressures of public life, as well as to xenophobes dedicated to establishing a bulkhead of patriotic paranoia, Burke's novel features Billy Bob Holland, former Texas Ranger and now a Texas-based lawyer, who has come to Big Sky Country for some fishing and ends up helping out an old friend in trouble.

And big trouble it is, not just for his friend but for Billy Bob himself — in the form of Wyatt Dixon, a recent prison parolee sworn to kill Billy Bob as revenge for both his imprisonment and his sister's death, both of which he blames on the former Texas lawman. As the mysteries multiply and the body count mounts, the reader is drawn deeper into the tortured mind of Billy Bob Holland, a complex hero tormented by the mistakes of his past and driven to make things — all things — right. But beneath the guise of justice for the weak and downtrodden lies a tendency for violence that at times becomes more terrifying than the danger he is trying to eradicate.

In Bitterroot, with its rugged and vivid setting, its intricate plot, and a set of remarkable, unforgettable characters, and crafted with the lyrical prose and the elegiac tone that have inspired many critics to compare him to William Faulkner, James Lee Burke has written a thriller destined to surpass the success of his previous novels.

Review:

"Burke touches on a variety of hot-button issues sure to thrill his fans....Those who relish Burke's patented mix of supercharged violence and overheated passions are in for a treat." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"[T]here is some marvelous writing here. Burke's patented lyricism has never been more beautiful — or seemed more fresh...and he does a wonderful job of contrasting that harmonious and peaceful setting with the jarring dissonance of failed human relations." Booklist

Review:

"Burke spins...beautifully crafted prose. He pens the best dialogue this side of Elmore Leonard....Bitterroot proves that James Lee Burke has done more than tour the West, and is quite sure what he remembers about it. (Grade: B+)" Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"There can't be much suspense when everybody in Missoula County wants to kill everybody else. Instead, Burke provides another chapter of the kind of scorched-earth moral warfare that never ends." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Nobody does cathartic male rage like James Lee Burke. The flaw of Bitterroot is Burke's failure to pick a villain. There are just too many of them here....Still, Burke fans will enjoy the mix of testosterone, spirituality, lust and longing in Bitterroot while waiting for Robicheaux's return." Joan Walsh, Salon.com

Review:

"James Lee Burke writes exceptionally clean, unforced prose that has a pronounced streak of poetry in it." The New York Times

Synopsis:

Former Texas Ranger Billy Bob Holland heads to Montana's Bitterroot Valley to help an old friend in need, but he becomes the target of Wyatt Dixon, a prison parolee who believes Billy Bob caused his imprisonment and his sister's death. However tormented he feels about his past mistakes, Billy Bob manages to be a formidable opponent — and he sets out to make things right.

Synopsis:

In the sequel to his bestselling Purple Cane Road, James Lee Burke exhibits top form in the thriller of revenge and deception that marks the return of the memorable Billy Bob Holland.

Synopsis:

Following his acclaimed bestseller Purple Cane Road, James Lee Burke returns with a triumphant tour de force.

Set in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana, home to celebrities seeking to escape the pressures of public life, as well as to xenophobes dedicated to establishing a bulkhead of patriotic paranoia, Burke's novel features Billy Bob Holland, former Texas Ranger and now a Texas-based lawyer, who has come to Big Sky Country for some fishing and ends up helping out an old friend in trouble.

And big trouble it is, not just for his friend but for Billy Bob himself — in the form of Wyatt Dixon, a recent prison parolee sworn to kill Billy Bob as revenge for both his imprisonment and his sister's death, both of which he blames on the former Texas lawman. As the mysteries multiply and the body count mounts, the reader is drawn deeper into the tortured mind of Billy Bob Holland, a complex hero tormented by the mistakes of his past and driven to make things — all things — right. But beneath the guise of justice for the weak and downtrodden lies a tendency for violence that at times becomes more terrifying than the danger he is trying to eradicate.

As USA Today noted in discussing the parallels between Billy Bob Holland and Burke's other popular series hero, David Robicheaux, "Robicheaux and Holland are two of a kind, white-hat heroes whose essential goodness doesn't keep them from fighting back. The two series describe different landscapes, but one theme remains constant: the inner conflict when upright men are provoked into violence in defense of hearth, home, women, and children. There are plenty of parallels. Billy Bob is an ex-Texas Ranger; Dave is an ex-New Orleans cop. Dave battles alcoholism and the ghosts of Vietnam; Billy Bob actually sees ghosts, including the Ranger he accidentally gunned down....But most of all, both protagonists hold a vision of a pure and simple life."

In Bitterroot, with its rugged and vivid setting, its intricate plot, and a set of remarkable, unforgettable characters, and crafted with the lyrical prose and the elegiac tone that have inspired many critics to compare him to William Faulkner, James Lee Burke has written a thriller destined to surpass the success of his previous novels.

About the Author

James Lee Burke, a rare winner of two Edgar Awards, is the author of twenty-three previous novels, including such New York Times bestsellers as Purple Cane Road, Cimarron Rose, Jolie Blon's Bounce, and Dixie City Jam. He lives in Missoula, Montana, and New Iberia, Louisiana.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743411431
Author:
Burke, James Lee
Publisher:
Pocket Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Vietnamese conflict, 1961-1975
Subject:
Montana
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Private investigators
Subject:
Men's Adventure
Subject:
Vietnamese Conflict, 19
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B101
Series:
Billy Bob Holland Novels
Publication Date:
May 2002
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
6.75 x 4.19 in 8.75 oz

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Product details 480 pages Pocket Books - English 9780743411431 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Burke touches on a variety of hot-button issues sure to thrill his fans....Those who relish Burke's patented mix of supercharged violence and overheated passions are in for a treat."
"Review" by , "[T]here is some marvelous writing here. Burke's patented lyricism has never been more beautiful — or seemed more fresh...and he does a wonderful job of contrasting that harmonious and peaceful setting with the jarring dissonance of failed human relations."
"Review" by , "Burke spins...beautifully crafted prose. He pens the best dialogue this side of Elmore Leonard....Bitterroot proves that James Lee Burke has done more than tour the West, and is quite sure what he remembers about it. (Grade: B+)"
"Review" by , "There can't be much suspense when everybody in Missoula County wants to kill everybody else. Instead, Burke provides another chapter of the kind of scorched-earth moral warfare that never ends."
"Review" by , "Nobody does cathartic male rage like James Lee Burke. The flaw of Bitterroot is Burke's failure to pick a villain. There are just too many of them here....Still, Burke fans will enjoy the mix of testosterone, spirituality, lust and longing in Bitterroot while waiting for Robicheaux's return."
"Review" by , "James Lee Burke writes exceptionally clean, unforced prose that has a pronounced streak of poetry in it."
"Synopsis" by , Former Texas Ranger Billy Bob Holland heads to Montana's Bitterroot Valley to help an old friend in need, but he becomes the target of Wyatt Dixon, a prison parolee who believes Billy Bob caused his imprisonment and his sister's death. However tormented he feels about his past mistakes, Billy Bob manages to be a formidable opponent — and he sets out to make things right.
"Synopsis" by , In the sequel to his bestselling Purple Cane Road, James Lee Burke exhibits top form in the thriller of revenge and deception that marks the return of the memorable Billy Bob Holland.
"Synopsis" by , Following his acclaimed bestseller Purple Cane Road, James Lee Burke returns with a triumphant tour de force.

Set in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana, home to celebrities seeking to escape the pressures of public life, as well as to xenophobes dedicated to establishing a bulkhead of patriotic paranoia, Burke's novel features Billy Bob Holland, former Texas Ranger and now a Texas-based lawyer, who has come to Big Sky Country for some fishing and ends up helping out an old friend in trouble.

And big trouble it is, not just for his friend but for Billy Bob himself — in the form of Wyatt Dixon, a recent prison parolee sworn to kill Billy Bob as revenge for both his imprisonment and his sister's death, both of which he blames on the former Texas lawman. As the mysteries multiply and the body count mounts, the reader is drawn deeper into the tortured mind of Billy Bob Holland, a complex hero tormented by the mistakes of his past and driven to make things — all things — right. But beneath the guise of justice for the weak and downtrodden lies a tendency for violence that at times becomes more terrifying than the danger he is trying to eradicate.

As USA Today noted in discussing the parallels between Billy Bob Holland and Burke's other popular series hero, David Robicheaux, "Robicheaux and Holland are two of a kind, white-hat heroes whose essential goodness doesn't keep them from fighting back. The two series describe different landscapes, but one theme remains constant: the inner conflict when upright men are provoked into violence in defense of hearth, home, women, and children. There are plenty of parallels. Billy Bob is an ex-Texas Ranger; Dave is an ex-New Orleans cop. Dave battles alcoholism and the ghosts of Vietnam; Billy Bob actually sees ghosts, including the Ranger he accidentally gunned down....But most of all, both protagonists hold a vision of a pure and simple life."

In Bitterroot, with its rugged and vivid setting, its intricate plot, and a set of remarkable, unforgettable characters, and crafted with the lyrical prose and the elegiac tone that have inspired many critics to compare him to William Faulkner, James Lee Burke has written a thriller destined to surpass the success of his previous novels.

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