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 only
Earl's power and influence, but also a past Billy Bob can't will away.
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