By (author) James Lee Burke

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Deaf Smith, Texas, a small town with small town problems until the local boy made good Earl Deitrich decides that he isn't prepared to share his kind of good fortune with anybody else. Wilbur Pickett is a retired rodeo rider with big dreams. Dreams of a secure future for himself and his native American wife, a blind woman who sees more than a blind woman should thanks to her ancient heritage. When Wilbur happens upon a parcel of land with black gold waiting for the taking he also happens on Deitrich and a whole bunch of violent problems. Only lawyer Billy Bob Holland is prepared to stand up for Wilbur, to stand against the juggernaut that is Deitrich and his corrupting influence.

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Author information

James Lee Burke is the author of many previous novels, many featuring Detective Dave Robicheaux. He won the EDGAR AWARD in 1998 for CIMARRON ROSE, while BLACK CHERRY BLUES won the EDGAR in 1990 and SUNSET LIMITED was awarded the CWA GOLD DAGGER in 1998. He lives with his wife, Pearl, in Missoula, Montana and New Iberia, Louisiana.

Editorial reviews

James Lee Burke's men and women are creatures of sometimes uncanny instinct, but also of prejudice, deep-rooted hatred, divine wisdom and blundering hope. This is Kansas, where brutal poverty and callous wealth have rubbed one another raw. The good and the ugly are up against the handsome and wicked with no possible outcome except carnage. Burke is less a crime novelist than a lyrical one, capturing the slow drawl of Southern voices, the sundowns and the dawns, and the savage scenery of the place, the roughness of the seasons and the harshness of the land. Heartwood is an unfolding tragedy, loaded with excitement, threat and suffocating suspense. It is also a morality play with gothic characters and terrible punishments. Review by Frances Fyfield, whose books include 'Blind Date' and 'Staring at the Light' (Kirkus UK)