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3.00301659125189 out of 53.00301659125189 out of 53.00301659125189 out of 53.00301659125189 out of 53.00301659125189 out of 5 3.00 (663 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:
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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!


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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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