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Heartwood (Billy Bob Holland, Bk 2)
Heartwood - Billy Bob Holland, Bk 2
Author: James Lee Burke
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...  more »
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780440224013
ISBN-10: 0440224012
Publication Date: 7/11/2000
Pages: 400
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 75 ratings
Publisher: Island Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Another first-rate Billy Bob Holland story. More insight into Holland's family background and a vision of just how nasty small town life can be.
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I enjoyed this book partly because it was set in Texas near where we have spent some winter months several times; there were place names familiar to me. More than that though, the style of James Lee Burke really appeals to me. His descriptions are layered, he writes details that make the plot more colorful without really being absolutelu necessary, and he is loyal to his voice throughout the novel. Better have a notepad handy...I counted 20 characters in the first 90 pages or so. It's all about those details and fleshing out the whole story.

Though I usually read his novels starring Dave Robichaux, this was the first with Billy Bob Holland. While they have different professions and distinct personalities, their locales are not too far apart. The reader can tell, though, that Burke is familiar with both. I've finally learned that he tosses in a little nugget making the reader think he has missed something, then a bit later the connection is made. Burke is not an author to be read while one is multi-tasking!

I'd read Burke if he started writing on the backs of cereal boxes.
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The Dave Robicheaux character makes for a very good series.
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Murder and intrigue that goes from Houston to Deaf Smith, TX.
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Peggy Jean Deitrich smells of heat and roses, volunteers in the local library, and hides her bruises well. Once Billy Bob Holland made love to her in the woods above the river. Now Peggy Jean is married to the richest man in town. And Billy Bob, a former Texas Ranger who now defends criminals for a living, is out to destroy him.

Earl Deitrich has had his way with the town of Deaf Smith, for years. Then Earl accused a hapless roustabout of a crime, and touched off a chain reaction of murder from the streets of Houston to the hill country around Billy Bob's ranch. Fueled by his memories and regrets, following a trail of shattered lives, Billy Bob knows that he must go after Earl with a vengeance. He just doesn't know how many people will get in the way or who will be the last to die ....

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