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Heartwood

James Lee Burke

Few writers in America today combine James Lee Burke's lush prose, cracking story lines, and tremendous sense of history and landscape. In Cimarron 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 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.

Few writers in America today combine James Lee Burke's lush prose, cracking story lines, and tremendous sense of history and landscape. In Cimarron 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 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.
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Few writers in America today combine James Lee Burke's lush prose, cracking story lines, and tremendous sense of history and landscape. In Cimarron 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 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Alan Sklar

Length:

12h 4m


Chapters

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05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

18:00


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

23:19


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

21:56


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

21:02


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

12:38


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

20:30


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

15:04


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

15:03


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

14:38


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

15:17


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

22:00


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

23:55


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

17:08


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

22:23


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

23:30


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

29:51


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

20:20


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

14:57


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

24:46


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

18:06


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

25:24


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

18:19


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

15:31


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

19:20


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

21:06


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

16:04


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

25:11


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

18:23


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

22:04


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

16:37


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

14:39


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

18:25


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

18:54


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

12:23


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

24:09


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

27:43


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:56


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:43