Heartwood

Heartwood

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A brilliantly layered novel of crime, character, and place from the two-time Edgar Award winner, Gold Dagger Award winner, and New York Times bestselling author of Sunset Limited .

Few writers in America today combine James Lee Burke's lush prose, crackling story lines, and tremendous sense of history and landscape. In Cimmaron Rose , longtime fans of the Dave Robicheaux series found that the struggles of Texas defense attorney Billy Bob Holland show Burke at his best in exploring classic American themes--the sometimes subtle, often violent strains between the haves and the have-nots; the collision of past and present; the inequities in the criminal justice system.

Heartwood is a kind of tree that grows in layers. And as Billy Bob's grandfather once told him, you do well in life by keeping the roots in a clear stream and not letting anyone taint the water for you. But in Holland's dusty little hometown of Deaf Smith, in the hill country north of Austin, local kingpin Earl Deitrich has made a fortune running roughshod and tainting anyone who stands in his way. Billy Bob has problems with Deitrich and his shamelessly callous demeanor, but can't shake the legacy of his passion for Deitrich's "heartbreak-beautiful" wife, Peggy Jean.

When Holland takes on the defense of Wilbur Pickett--a man accused of stealing an heirloom and three hundred thousand dollars in bonds from Deitrich's office--he finds himself up against not only Earl's power and influence, but also a past Billy Bob can't will away. A wonderfully realized novel, rich in Texas atmosphere and lore, and a dazzling portrait of the deadly consequences of self-delusion, Heartwood could only have been written by James Lee Burke, a writer in expert command of his craft.


From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: Dell
ISBN: 9780440224013
0440224012

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lukasevansherman
Jul 12, 2014

Part of his Billy Bob Holland series.

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maipenrai
Oct 11, 2013

AUDIOBOOK ON CD AND TAPE AND IN LARGE PRINT THRU MINN LINK

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GMorry
Jul 29, 2011

I am working my way through all Mr. Burke's novels, and this one is as good as the rest. There's no doubt he's a great writer - his ability to capture ambiance is fabulous (maybe too much reliance on the sense of smell, though... can you really smell spawning fish?). I am finding now that the stories are starting to sound alike, whether it is from the Dave Robicheaux series or the others. There is a lot of "poor little downtrodden guy" versus "arrogant and inevitably bad rich guy". And if I read "he's got a two by four up his ass" one more time, I am going to scream. I think I need to take a break from Mr. Burke's oeuvre.

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