Lay Down My Sword and Shield

Lay Down My Sword and Shield

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Baker & Taylor
Texan Hack Holland, a political candidate, becomes involved with the civil rights movement, a stand that forces him to reassess his priorities and goals. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : Hyperion, 1995
ISBN: 9780786880393
Characteristics: 226 p. ; 21 cm


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Jan 22, 2014

Originally copyrighted in 1971 and introduced Burke's Hackberry Holland as a restless lawyer involved with the farmworkers union movement while making a bid for a congressional seat. Readers were let into Holland's nightmares in the North Korean POW camp and the steamy world of Texas power brokers.

Dec 05, 2013

Possibly because he's considered a genre writer, possibly because he's so prolific, or possibly because critics are idiots, James Lee Burke has never gotten the attention he deserves. Before he had success with the Dave Robicheuax series, he wrote this book about an alcoholic, self-destructive, but noble and decent lawyer named Hack Holland. This isn't a mystery, but tackles many of the usual issues that inform his work: the South, race, injustice, power and its abuses. He would revive the character for "Rain Gods" and "Light of the World," which is one of his best.

Sep 12, 2013

Good introduction to an interesting character but too many flaws to be a real hero. I will read on to see how Burke humanizes this flawed knight.


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Jan 22, 2014

Since then I've come to believe that one's crimes and private guilt, those obsessions that we hide like that ugly black diamond in the soft tissue of the mind, are really not very important to other people.


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