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3.96566666666667 out of 53.96566666666667 out of 53.96566666666667 out of 53.96566666666667 out of 53.96566666666667 out of 5 3.97 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Lee Burke Narrator: Will Patton Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Hackberry Holland Series Release Date: February 2010 ISBN: 9781442303713
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Now available on audio for the first time, the classic novel marking the debut of James Lee Burke’s Hack Holland.

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, 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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Will Patton delivers a soulful, world-weary reading as bleak as the Texas landscape, a performance that expertly captures Burke’s multileveled characterizations and rich descriptive passages. Patton’s narrations of Burke’s novels are the perfect marriage of writer and reader.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred audio review)

  • A Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award winner in 2010

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MWindschiegl | 2/16/2014

    " I didn't like this book at first. It is fairly graphic dealing with Hackberry Holland's experiences as a POW in Korea. I stayed with it and it turns out I'm glad I did. The end was great and well worth it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mikel | 2/4/2014

    " One of my first reads of the non-Robicheaux James Lee Burke. Beautiful writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chuck Waldron | 2/3/2014

    " A curious read, I wasn't sure at first but it turned out to be a great read. Give it a try when your bookshelf runs dry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abeille | 2/1/2014

    " I liked this book, though it doesn't really stack up against my favorites from James Lee Burke. This one was written back in 1971, and it's interesting to see how much Burke's craft has developed since then. Anyone who has read the Dave Robicheaux books will see great similarities between the main character of this book; it feels like Hackberry Holland was the prototype for Dave. In any case, I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the next two about Hackberry. I found the series after reading glowing reviews of the third book (Feast Day of Fools), and I suspect the books will only improve from here. Even though this book wasn't Burke's best, it still had enough interesting characters and wonderful turns of phrase to keep me interested. #30 in the Book a Week in 2012 Challenge from the #WTM boards. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice | 1/29/2014

    " I'm a huge fan of James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux books, and I wasn't willing to accept that Burke could make me as interested in another protagonist, but he did! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 1/24/2014

    " Love James Lee Burke and his morosely reflective characters Dave Robicheaux and Hack Holland...I've enjoyed a number of Hack Holland novels, but missed the 1st one...I got a lot of backstory regarding Hack's failed run for Congress and 1st marriage...Great Read!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 1/23/2014

    " One of Burkes earlier novels. AS usual he doesnt disappoint. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Libby Hewitt | 12/27/2013

    " ...just not a fan of James Lee Burke. Too much unnecessary gory violence. I read this aloud to my husband, and I WOULD NOT have finished the book if he had not really wanted us to read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick | 12/27/2013

    " A good read and interesting story....explained a bunch of missing parts of in the first book i read in the "Hackberry Holland" series, i read them out of order of course. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 12/20/2013

    " One of James Lee Burke's early novels, wrote in early 70's with lead character the wealthy son of a congressman - Hack Holland who is struggling to come to terms with this life and whats expected of him. Fans of the Author will enjoy, some lovely passages og Burke's trademark descriptive writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 12/4/2013

    " This was one of Burke's books that I somehow missed when I was trying to read all of his books years ago. I'm glad I discovered it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Thomas | 11/13/2013

    " James Lee Burke is my favorite author, well along with Cormac McCarthy and now Stieg Larsson. At least I can keep reading Burke and McCarthy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlie Hewitt | 7/20/2013

    " On page 154... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gregory | 6/7/2013

    " Decent pulp fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justine | 3/9/2013

    " Good pace but dated now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cammie | 7/31/2012

    " James Lee Burke is one of best writers of our times. He is one of the few writers whose books I will purchase in hard cover because I can't wait for the paperback version to come out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kendall | 4/10/2012

    " James Lee Burke has moved his main character from Louisiana to Texas, but it's the same wounded, tortured soul who responds to injustice and hypocrisy by doing stupid things. But since this is a novel, it all works out for the best. But if you liked Burke, you'll likely love this one. I did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James Seawel | 12/18/2011

    " James Lee Burke engages me like no other author. Reading his books is like therapy. Not only is he wildly entertaining, reading him is also an education in humanity especially as it exists in the South. I Heart JLB. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick Roemer | 11/6/2011

    " I wanted to go to the beginning of the Hackberry Holland series so this was it. Definitely written in Burke fashion but with even more Booze than in the Robicheaux novels. I will read Feast Day of Fools in the near future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Kirsling | 10/24/2011

    " Love his descriptive prose. You can smell, feel and see all the author is imparting. Well developed, flawed characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 9/10/2011

    " James Lee Burke can certainly turn a phrase. I enjoy the lyric and often irreverent language, and find Hack Holland (both the old man our Hack admires, and our Hack himself) an altogether pleasant protagonist - which is not the same as being pleasant all the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 4/1/2011

    " He's my favorite author. Read a Burke book and your in a dark theater by yourself surrounded and engulfed by his images. I've read them all but can only do so once every 3-4 months because in the end they are their message about the human condition is not hopeful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ajaxwriter | 10/10/2010

    " I'm a huge fan of James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux books, and I wasn't willing to accept that Burke could make me as interested in another protagonist, but he did! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 8/5/2010

    " James Lee Burke is my favorite author, well along with Cormac McCarthy and now Stieg Larsson. At least I can keep reading Burke and McCarthy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 7/27/2010

    " One of Burkes earlier novels. AS usual he doesnt disappoint. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 7/5/2010

    " One of James Lee Burke's early novels, wrote in early 70's with lead character the wealthy son of a congressman - Hack Holland who is struggling to come to terms with this life and whats expected of him. Fans of the Author will enjoy, some lovely passages og Burke's trademark descriptive writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kendall | 6/12/2010

    " James Lee Burke has moved his main character from Louisiana to Texas, but it's the same wounded, tortured soul who responds to injustice and hypocrisy by doing stupid things. But since this is a novel, it all works out for the best. But if you liked Burke, you'll likely love this one. I did. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 stan | 11/24/2009

    " I have Been a fan of JLB . but this is one of the best book i Have read this year BRILLIANT I have happily given this a 5 star rating "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mikel | 12/30/2008

    " One of my first reads of the non-Robicheaux James Lee Burke. Beautiful writing. "

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About the Author
Author James Lee Burke

James Lee Burke 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 novels and two collections of short stories, including the New York Times bestsellers Creole Belle, Dixie City Jam, The Glass Rainbow, Rain Gods, Pegasus Descending, The Tin Roof Blowdown, Feast Day of Fools, and more.. His novel The Lost-Get Back Boogie was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and two of his books, Heaven’s Prisoners and Two for Texas, have been made into motion pictures.

About the Narrator

Will Patton is an award–winning actor who has narrated audiobooks by such authors as Charles Frazier, Larry McMurtry, Don DeLillo, and Ernest Hemingway. He has won thirty-two AudioFile Earphones Award for his narrations. His numerous film credits include Remember the Titans, The Punisher, The Mothman Prophesies, Armageddon, and The Spitfire Grill. He starred in the TNT miniseries Into the West and on the CBS series The Agency and won Obie Awards in the theater for his performances in Fool for Love and What Did He See.