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Heartwood by James Lee Burke 0385488432 9780385488433
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Heartwood by James Lee Burke

A brilliantly layered novel of crime, character, and place from the two-time Edgar Award winner, Gold Dagger Award winner, andNew York Timesbestselling author ofSunset Limited. Few writers in America today combine James Lee Burkes lush prose, crackling story lines, and tremendous sense of history and landscape.InCimmaron 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. Heartwoodis a kind of tree that grows in layers. And as Billy Bobs 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 Hollands 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 cant shake the legacy of his passion for Deitrichs 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 Deitrichs office--he finds himself up against not only Earls power and influence, but also a past Billy Bob cant will away.A wonderfully realized novel, rich in Texas atmosphere and lore, and a dazzling portrait of the deadly consequences of self-delusion,Heartwoodcould only have been written by James Lee Burke, a writer in expert command of his craft.

Author: James Lee Burke

Language: English

Edition: 1st

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 352

Publisher: Doubleday

Publication Date: 1999-08-03

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ISBN: 0385488432


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