By James Lee Burke
Doubleday 1999
ISBN 0385488432 - Hardcover
Suspense / Thriller

Reviewed by: Pam Stone, MyShelf.Com
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This is the 2nd book centered around Billy Bob Holland. The 1st was Cimarron Rose in 1997. 

When Holland takes on the defense of Wilbur Pickett, who has had a lot of bad luck in his past, now finds himself accused of stealing bearer bonds from the rich Dietrichs family. Holland is going up against Dietrichs. A family he does not care for because Dietrich has made a fortune running over people and tainting anyone who stands in his way, Holland cannot forget the passion he fills for Dietrich's wife Peggy Jean. 

James Burke makes you see the town and characters in your mind so clearly as he describes them. The only issue I had with this book is James Burke talks of rain on 25 pages of this book, but I find that hard to believe because this book takes place in Texas Hill country, and Texans know that it hardly ever rains in the Texas Hill country.  Other than that this book is a winner. Burke is a master at setting mood, laying in atmosphere. It's full with quirky, raunchy language that befits Texas. I am looking forward to the next installment of Billy Bob Holland. 

A brilliant novel of crime from the two-time Edgar Award winner, Gold Dagger award winner and New York Times Bestseller author of several books.

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