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Heartwood av James Lee Burke
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Heartwood (urspr publ 1999; utgåvan 1999)

av James Lee Burke (Författare)

Serier: Billy Bob Holland (2)

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A brilliantly layered novel of crime, character, and place from the two-time Edgar Award winner, Gold Dagger Award winner, andNew York Timesbestselling author of  Sunset Limited. Few writers in America today combine James Lee Burke's 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 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 only 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,Heartwoodcould only have been written by James Lee Burke, a writer in expert command of his craft.… (mer)
Medlem:TomBurke
Titel:Heartwood
Författare:James Lee Burke (Författare)
Info:Orion Books (1999), Edition: 1st THUS
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"Burkes Stärke ist die pure erzählerische Wucht.
Schon die Schilderung einer schlichten Autokreuzung
kann ihm zum kleinen düsteren Meisterwerk geraten." ( )
  truller10 | Jul 30, 2019 |
Burke's writing is very colorful and very often descriptive of the scene to which he is describing in vivid and excruciating detail. The characters stand out, as does the plot. But, I just couldn't get into it -- despite reading/listening twice. I did finish, but I can't say that it sounded like anything. Most annoying: 30-60 seconds of slide guitar and dobro music in between each break in the story. Too many dreamy descriptions of shade, sun, trees, etc and time spent talking to Billy Bob's dead buds. ( )
  buffalogr | Mar 20, 2017 |
There are a lot of "bad" characters in this book, and I'm not sure there are any, really, that we feel sympathy for, other than Billy Bob himself... but even he isn't particularly sympathetic. I suspect we're supposed to like him, but he doesn't really do anything to "get justice"... he just goes along with the flow and the crimes end up resolved at the end. Could he have saved some of the characters? We'll never know... because it feels like he didn't really try.

This doesn't mean I didn't like the book - I did like it quite a bit, but... I found it hard to keep watching as the bad behaviours escalated and nobody was really brought to justice. I guess the ending did almost fix this, but I'm not convinced Billy Bob had as much to do with any justice-giving as did fate. I did pick up the next book in the series right away though, so clearly I liked it well enough... ( )
  crazybatcow | Aug 23, 2015 |
In Billy Bob Holland's dusty little hometown of Deaf Smith, Texas, 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. ( )
  Gatorhater | Jun 26, 2013 |
I listened to this book which I downloaded for free from my library. I'm not as fond of this series by Burke as I am of his Dave Robicheaux books but since it looks like he might be doing Dave in I might have to settle for Billy Bob. Billy Bob is an ex-Texas Ranger who has become a small town lawyer. A client is charged with stealing bearer bonds from the husband of an old flame of Billy Bob's. Billy Bob's son is living in an old farmhouse and renting a trailer to the stepson of the old flame. You see how the old flame keeps popping up? Can Billy Bob resist starting things up with her? Only time and the ghost of his former partner can tell. ( )
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A brilliantly layered novel of crime, character, and place from the two-time Edgar Award winner, Gold Dagger Award winner, andNew York Timesbestselling author of  Sunset Limited. Few writers in America today combine James Lee Burke's 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 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 only 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,Heartwoodcould only have been written by James Lee Burke, a writer in expert command of his craft.

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