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Lay Down My Sword and Shield (1971)

by James Lee Burke

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Hack Holland is the hero, doing some election campaign, having problems with alcool and his wife, coming to terms with a past in Korea war, and meeting his future wife and happiness...
Seems you always learn about your illusions! ( )
  Gerardlionel | Apr 2, 2016 |
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  jmail | Mar 21, 2016 |
I think I'm unusual in that I have read this book before any other Hack Holland books and was therefore not reading it to find out any back story, Once again, I was blown away by Burke's writing. I have seen others criticise his long descriptions but I don't feel they are overdone as they are so good. Having said that, I found Hack Holland a truly obnoxious character. It is certainly tough to read a book where the main character is a good guy but a complete git too. ( )
  martensgirl | Jul 19, 2015 |
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  ngunity | Nov 23, 2014 |
While certainly enjoyable, this is not Burke's best. Yes, this book gave me the background for Hack that I'd been missing since I read Rain Gods and Feast Day of Fools first. It was quite dated because, you know, it was published in 1971. James Lee Burke has gotten so much better.

Glad I read it, though. ( )
  quillmenow | Jan 31, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0786889500, Mass Market Paperback)

BACK IN PRINT AT LAST -- THE MUST-READ NOVEL THAT INTRODUCES JAMES LEE BURKE'S TEXAS SHERIFF HACK HOLLAND

The hero of James Lee Burke's recent bestseller Rain Gods, cousin to lawman Billy Bob Holland, and a genuine product of the South, both old and new, Hackberry Holland makes his first appearance in this early gem from "America's best novelist" (The Denver Post). Against the backdrop of growing civil rights turmoil in a sultry border town, the hard-drinking ex-POW attorney yields to the myriad urgings of his wife, his brother, and his so-called friends to make a bid for a congressional seat -- and finds himself embroiled in the seamy world of Texas powerbrokers. And when Hack attempts to overturn an old army buddy's conviction, and crosses paths with a beautiful union organizer who speaks to his heart in a way no one else has, he finds both a new love and a new purpose as he breaks free from the shackles of wealth and expectation to bring justice to the underserved.

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"...Hackberry Holland makes his first appearance in this early gem...Against the backdrop of growing civil rights turmoil in a sultry border town, the hard-drinking ex-POW attorney yields to the myriad of urgings of his wife, his brother, and his so-called friends to make a bid for a congressional seat--and finds himself embroiled in the seamy world of Texas powerbrokers. And when Hack attempts to overturn an old army buddy's conviction, and crosses paths with a beautiful union organizer who speaks to his heart in a way no one else has, he finds both a new love and a new purpose as he breaks free from the shackles of wealth and expectation to bring justice to the underserved."--p.[4] of cover.… (more)

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