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Heartwood I love any book by James Lee Burke and am determined to read them all I especially enjoy his descriptions of the Louisiana landscape This book is different it takes place in Texas and stars Billy Bob Holland, a lawyer I am so enad of Burke s other hero, Dave Robicheaux, that I couldn t help but wish he was in this book too I think I m getting a little crazy when I m starting to think of a book character like Dave as real but that gives you an idea of how good James Lee Burke s writing c I love any book by James Lee Burke and am determined to read them all I especially enjoy his descriptions of the Louisiana landscape This book is different it takes place in Texas and stars Billy Bob Holland, a lawyer I am so enad of Burke s other hero, Dave Robicheaux, that I couldn t help but wish he was in this book too I think I m getting a little crazy when I m starting to think of a book character like Dave as real but that gives you an idea of how good James Lee Burke s writing can be For lovers of this author, I heartily recommend this book Billy Bob has a problem with local kingpin, Earl Deitrich, but also has a passion for Deitrich s wife So he has to be very careful when he takes on the defense of Wilbur Pickett, a man accused of stealing from Deitrich The Billy Bob series is a great one Burke really captures Texas warts and all very well Looking forward tofrom this series, as Dave Robicheaux can t go on forever. I always give James Lee Burke s books five stars, because they are all outstanding This time 1999 the main character is Billy Bob Holland, and it is before he marries Temple Carrol, his investigator There are all kinds of interesting characters, most of whom could use the services of Billy as a lawyer, and the ghost of his former Texas Ranger partner, whom he tragically and accidentally shot to death Lots of action, murder and some suspense. Burke is one of the best writers, maybe the best writer I ve ever read Heartwood 2 book in the Billy Bob Holland series I read this about 10 12 years ago but was worth reading again..Holland an ex Texas Ranger now an attorney in a small hill country town west of Austin trying to find justice against all odds His best friend who he accidentally killed visits him still. I picked up this book on tape at a garage sale for fifty cents Sorry, Mr Burke, no royalties there but it did get me started following this magnificent author and his two characters, Robicheaux and Holland, along with his short stories.Generally, I enjoy reading books with strong female leads, but Mr Burke has be hooked HEARTWOOD by James Lee Burke is 341 pages in hardback form It is 2 in Billy Bob Holland series.Brief Description Central to Burke s second Billy Bob novel Cimarron Rose was his first is Wilbur Pickett Wilbur had a brief moment of glory as a rodeo cowboy before sliding into a downward cycle of luckless enterprises He ends up laboring for a wealthy family, the Dietrichs, in the Texas town of Deaf Smith The Dietrichs accuse Wilbur of stealing some bearer bonds, and Billy Bob now a defense a HEARTWOOD by James Lee Burke is 341 pages in hardback form It is 2 in Billy Bob Holland series.Brief Description Central to Burke s second Billy Bob novel Cimarron Rose was his first is Wilbur Pickett Wilbur had a brief moment of glory as a rodeo cowboy before sliding into a downward cycle of luckless enterprises He ends up laboring for a wealthy family, the Dietrichs, in the Texas town of Deaf Smith The Dietrichs accuse Wilbur of stealing some bearer bonds, and Billy Bob now a defense attorney reluctantly take his case He is hesitant because he idolizes Peggy Jean Dietrich , and for good reason Billy Bob discovers that her husband Earl may be involved in shady, even violent, business practices.Other ghosts from the past also haunt Billy Bob he accidentally killed his former partner on a drug raid in Mexico and still hears his voice And then there s Holland s illegitimate son Lucas, who is growing up with problems of his own The weight of all this back story might overwhelm a lesser writer, but Burke manages to make it seem as natural as the soft wind that stirs the tumbleweed in the town of Deaf Smith Dick AdlerI love James Lee Burke and his dark characters The fact that his characters are not perfect makes them eveninteresting Billy Bob does live with demons and that is why he has trouble with people, because they can t live with him and his demons Billy Bob is a very good guy though even under his the dark side He never forgets to help Pete his neighbor and takes him places he would never be able to go I love when Pete says, I knew you were going to say that Even though Pete is a child you do see that he does understand and wants to help if he can Billy Bob doesn t do things the way a normal way, but usually gets the job done It is not a book you can finish and then just forget Some of the things in the book just stay in your head for a couple of days These books are normally violent in some ways so one must be prepared for that It is not only violence to bad people, sometimes the violence is put upon the good ones too There are several turns in this book and one that I didn t see coming, but that was okay I am still not sure what happened in the end, but that is okay too I don t think you really need to know I think you just need to accept the fact that sometimes things don t get all tied up.I am giving this 4 out of 5 stars and am going to try and read the rest of this series BUY NOW Conniesbookshelf.com 7.50 Hardcover Never Fails to EntertainI am sad to say I have now read all of Mr Burke s books, including the short stories I am pretty good at a few things But my prowess at any of them falls well short of his as a storyteller. I usually like this author, but this is the second book of this series that I have tried and they are way too testosterone intense for me A really unpleasant reading experience. Can t get enough of James Lee Burke This is 2 in the Billy Bob Holland series he s a defense attorney in Deaf Smith, Texas which is actually a real Texas county He deals with corrupt wealthy people, lowlife gangsters, Mexicans and native people who are treated like second class citizens, and even crooked sheriffs The action is frightening the language is awesome who can t love an author who uses words like meretriciousness and abeyance


About the Author: James Lee Burke

James Lee Burke is an American author best known for his mysteries, particularly the Dave Robicheaux series He has twice received the Edgar Award for Best Novel, forBlack Cherry Bluesin 1990 andCimarron Rosein 1998.Burke was born in Houston, Texas, but grew up on the Texas Louisiana Gulf Coast He attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the University of Missouri, receiving a BA and MA from the latter He has worked at a wide variety of jobs over the years, including working in the oil industry, as a reporter, and as a social worker He was Writer in Residence at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, succeeding his good friend and posthumous Pulitzer Prize winner John Kennedy Toole, and preceding Ernest Gaines in the position Shortly before his move to Montana, he taught for several years in the Creative Writing program at Wichita State University in the 1980s.Burke and his wife, Pearl, split their time between Lolo, Montana, and New Iberia, Louisiana Their daughter, Alafair Burke, is also a mystery novelist.The book that has influenced his life the most is the 1929 family tragedy The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner.


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