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After several highly respected literary novels, including the Pulitzer Prize-nominated The Lost Get-Back Boogie, James Lee Burke gained popularity, and an Edgar Award, with his mysteries featuring ex-New Orleans cop, occasional Sheriff’s Deputy Dave Robicheaux. The books are full of Burke’s vivid portrayals of the Louisiana bayou, but when the series became a bit routine, Burke started over with ex-Texas Ranger, now defense attorney, Billy Bob Holland. Holland is literally haunted by his past, receiving regular visits from the best friend he accidentally killed during an unsanctioned anti-drug raid south of the border. Burke’s descriptions, this time of rural Texas, confirm the author as the most distinctive stylist currently working the mystery field. Holland’s debut, Cimarron Rose, won Burke another Edgar for Best Novel, making him only the second person to win the award twice. Heartwood is his latest in the new series; Burke reads and signs copies at 7 p.m. at Olsson’s, 1200 F St. NW. Free. (202) 347-3686. (MWS)