There is good news and bad news for the legion of readers who are fans of James Lee Burke. The good news is that his new novel, HEARTWOOD, returns us to Deaf Smith, Texas, home of defense attorney and ex-Texas Ranger Billy Bob Holland. The bad news is that HEARTWOOD is not 700 pages long. It is a book which is so good, so intricate, so shining an example of a master wordsmith at the top of his game, that the reader will want it to go on and on.
Burke of course could have rested on his laurels with annual visits to New Iberia, Louisiana and Dave Robicheaux. Books such as CADILLAC JUKEBOX and the award-winning