Lay Down My Sword and Shield (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 27, 2010 - Fiction - 336 pages
17 Reviews
Hackberry Holland, cousin of beloved James Lee Burke hero Billy Bob Holland, made his debut in Lay Down My Sword and Shield, originally published in 1971. Now, re-released in trade paperback, fans can learn about Hack’s colorful history, forged against the backdrop of the civil rights era.

In hot and sultry Texas, Hack, an attorney and Korean War POW, is being pushed by his wife, his brother, and his so-called friends in the oil business to run for political office. But Hack would prefer to drink, look after his beloved horses, and represent the occasional long-shot pro bono case at his law firm. When Hack attempts to overturn a conviction for an old army buddy, he finds himself embroiled in the seamy underbelly of the Texas patronage system—and in the earliest beginnings of the United Farm Workers movement, led by a beautiful woman who speaks to his heart in a way no one else has. As Hack begins to bring justice to the underserved, he finds both a new love and a new purpose.

With his skillful blend of engaging plotlines, compelling characters, and graceful prose, James Lee Burke demonstrates the shimmering clarity of vision that has made him beloved by suspense fans all over the globe.

“Burke’s strength has long been his ability to convey both the exceptional beauty and the exceptional violence of the American South.” ?—The Washington Post, on Crusader’s Cross?
  

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Review: Lay Down My Sword And Shield (Hackberry Holland #1)

User Review  - Frank Edgar - Goodreads

Burke at his best. I really enjoyed the story set in the 60s -- and gave me some insight into the character as an older man in books set later. Read full review

Review: Lay Down My Sword And Shield (Hackberry Holland #1)

User Review  - Dana - Goodreads

Really not one of James Lee Burke's best. I had high expectations for a new JLB character. This did not meet them. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
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Section 3
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Section 4
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Section 5
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Section 6
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Section 7
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Section 8
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 21
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Section 22
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About the author (2010)

James Lee Burke, a rare winner of two Edgar Awards, and named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, is the author of more than thirty previous novels and two collections of short stories, including such New York Times bestsellers as Light of the WorldCreole Belle, Swan Peak, The Tin Roof Blowdown, and Feast Day of Fools. He lives in Missoula, Montana.

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