Billy Bob Holland
Created by James Lee Burke
Writer James Lee Burke, best known for Cajun almost-PI Dave Robicheaux has another crack with Deaf Smith, Texas attorney BILLY BOB HOLLAND. Like his more famous creation, Billy Bob is a troubled gent, haunted by the violence of his ancestors, which he fears may be his true legacy, and his own more immediate troubled past. In fact, the ghost of L.Q. Navarro, the best friend he accidentally killed, continues to pop up and discuss the days events and Billy Bob's ongoing guilt.
"I had been a street cop, a Texas Ranger, a federal prosecutor, and now I was a smalltown defense lawyer who didn't defend drug trafficers, as if that restriction gave a nobility to my practice that other attorneys didn't posess."
Aiding and abetting the brooding Billy Bob in his cases is his pal, neighbour and private investigator Temple Carol, who admits to have a spot in her heart for her employer. Like the Robicheaux series, the lyrical descriptive touch of Burke brings the setting, in this case west Texas, to life.
And Burke has brought that same unflinching and unapologetically poetic eye to Missoula, Montana, where he relocates in the third novel, Bitterroot, which saw him moving to west Montana and hung out a shingle for his law practice.
Burke's such a damn good writer and such a pleasure to read than I figure most people would follow him and his characters anywhere.
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Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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