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- Print Length: 341 pages
- Publication Date: July 15, 2009
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002HRF7RU
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,744 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Native Texan Bill Durham wanted to be three things when he grew up: a writer, an actor, and a cowboy. He has achieved all three goals. His novel Amarillo, a "cowboy noir" legal thriller set in contemporary Texas, has garnered sterling reviews from readers both American and foreign, many of whom have never even been to Texas.
As an actor, Bill has appeared on stages across the country, from New York City to Los Angeles, with stops along the way in Muleshoe, Lubbock, and Austin, Texas. His specialty is the classics--think Shakespeare and Moliere--although he also has an affinity for playing folks who are either crazy or evil, and sometimes both at once.
Bill's grandfather, Art Wilson, was a for-real cowboy who also played polo with movie stars, taught Clark Gable how to ride a horse, trained and jockeyed quarter horses, and forgot more about the equine world than most of us will ever know. Okay, point of clarification--Bill never actually became a cowboy, which is probably a good thing; riding horses in the freezing cold and sleeping on the hard ground will never be favorite activities. However, he is an accomplished horseman, a part of his personality that is reflected in a key scene of Amarillo.
Although Bill comes from a long line of rednecks, he graduated with a B.A. in Theatre Arts and English from Texas Tech University and an M.A. in Creative Writing from New York University. However, his breeding gives him carte blanche to say (and write) phrases such as "I ain't got no" and "gimme one a them."
He shares his life with his wife, who is an accomplished classical singer, his high-school age stepdaughter, four cats, and a dog.
Top Customer Reviews
He settles down, rents an apartment, adopts two kittens and secures a law license. He becomes a regular at a local pool halls, makes some new friends, and falls in love with the owner, Angel. But some of Angel's other customers are desperate, broke, and in need of money - and they don't know how to get it. Eventually, the ringleader browbeats some of his fellow pool enthusiasts into ripping off a grocery store. In the aftermath, in an argument over money, one of them kills another.
Max is assigned to defend the man who murdered his cohort. The rest of the story involves some moving passages showing how the families of the surviving crooks coped. Max must create a reasonable defense for a nasty and unrepentant criminal, whom everyone knows is guilty. The story that unfolds is amazing - and unlike any other thriller that I've ever read. I recommend this book highly. - Mary Devlin, author of MURDER ON THE CANTERBURY PILGRIMAGE and THE LEGEND OF GOOD WOMEN
Bill, hope you're writing the next one! I'll be looking for it.
Are there really people who could pull off a notable robbery in a small city, turn around and blow large chunks of the loot the next day, and go undetected, even though they are shiftless and known to hang around together? It turns out that they didn't get away with it but not because of their mindlessness about staying below the radar. Another form of stupidity, uncontrolled dissension, did them in. That's all I'll say about the book theme.
A warning: The author, Bill Durham, uses vivid blue language and graphic sex scenes to punctuate his story. There's really no need for it because his writing skills would carry the day without all the explicit behavior. As I assign the characters' names to my acquaintances, some of whom are dedicated to bad language and bedroom heroics, I can't really say they carry on in the vivid manner described by Durham. And I'm no prude.
What Durham does in exemplary fashion is develop characters and scenes with clarity and realism. I suggest you keep a bottle of water nearby as you read to wash the dirt and grit of the Texas Panhandle from your gullet and wrap up against the blustery wind before the blistering heat bakes your brain. The author describes it all in glorious and true-to-life detail.
He is also talented in presenting dialogue.Read more ›
The plot is interesting, the characters are just plain fascinating, and the pace is excellent.
The technique of making the town a character was a great idea and works to tie everything together.
Recommended to all, any reader will enjoy this book.
All that said the main reason I wrote this is in the hopes that the author reads reviews and to implore him to continue writing, thank you for a wonderful book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fast paced story. Max is definitely not accustomed to Texas weather, women or slang. He is a very efficient lawyer that needs a change of scenery. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sue
I struggled reading this story. The author needs to work on writing from a single character's point of view. There were many times I wasn't sure who was thinking what. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tony H
This story tops my list as one of my favorites. Durham has a way of telling it so you can believe it's real. I thoroughly enjoyed it from page one to the end. Read morePublished 5 months ago by p.powers
Enjoyed the story, the characters, and the setting. Appreciated the research done by the author. In the future, will happily read more books by Bill Durham.Published 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
Well written. Excellent character development. Outstanding plot with many twists and turns. I highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys crime and courtroom drama.Published 6 months ago by RangerBill
Frankly, after reading some of the negative reviews, I wasn't sure I wanted to read this book. I'm really glad I did read it as I thought it was very well written and an unusual... Read morePublished 7 months ago by B. K. Probst
This book is amazing. The sense of time and place is incredible - I thought I was right there. The characters are multi-dimensional. evolving, sympathetic. Read morePublished 10 months ago by chris sergel
Just strange where you may end up. Things that could happen in real life situations. Very good story.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
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