Hackberry Holland

8 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 5,457 ratings

Lay Down My Sword and Shield Publisher's Summary

The hero of James Lee Burke's recent best-seller 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.

©2010 James Lee Burke (P)2010 Simon & Schuster
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  • Book 1

    • Lay Down My Sword and Shield

    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Will Patton
    • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,116
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 892
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 882

    Against the backdrop of growing civil rights turmoil in a sultry border town, the hard-drinking ex-POW attorney Hackberry Holland 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • sets the stage for all of JLB's books

    • By Stevon on 08-12-13

    Regular price: $31.93

    • Lay Down My Sword and Shield

    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
    • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      2 out of 5 stars 1

    Hack Holland is a product of the South, both old and new. Hard-drinking ex-POW and wealthy, progressive Democrat, he stands in the long shadow cast by his ancestors. When Holland's candidacy for a congressional seat brings him increasingly into conflict with those around him, his almost unwitting involvement with a violent civil rights conflict forces him to reassess his future - and his past....

    Regular price: $20.03

  • Book 2

    • Rain Gods

    • A Novel
    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Will Patton
    • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,588
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 829
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 825

    When Hackberry Holland became sheriff of a tiny Texas town near the Mexican border, he'd hoped to leave certain things behind: his checkered reputation, his haunted dreams, and his obsessive memories of the good life with his late wife, Rie. But the discovery of the bodies of nine illegal aliens, machine-gunned to death and buried in a shallow grave behind a church, soon makes it clear that he won't escape so easily.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Divided Loyalties and Sultry Prose

    • By Catherine on 07-25-09

    Regular price: $35.93

    • Rain Gods

    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
    • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    Running from a traumatic and chequered past to become sheriff of a dried-out, broken-down border town in south Texas, Sheriff Hackberry Holland soon finds himself dealing with more than just his own demons after nine dead prostitutes are dug up in the desert. The search for justice pits Holland against hired guns, unscrupulous pimps, drug dealers, and a psychotic killer known as The Preacher.

    Regular price: $25.81

  • Book 3

    • Feast Day of Fools

    • A Novel
    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Will Patton
    • Length: 16 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,576
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,344
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,334

    Celebrated crime master and two-time Edgar Award winner James Lee Burke returns with a gorgeously crafted, brutally resonant chronicle of violence along the Texas-Mexico border. Sheriff Hackberry Holland patrols a small Southwest Texas border town, meting out punishment and delivering justice in his small square of this magnificent but lawless land. When an alcoholic ex-boxer named Danny Boy Lorca begs to be locked up after witnessing a man tortured to death by a group of bandits, Hack and his deputy, Pam Tibbs, slowly extract the Indian man’s gruesome tale.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Outstanding story with remarkable delivery.

    • By Charles Atkinson on 10-13-11

    Regular price: $34.99

    • Feast Day of Fools

    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Will Patton
    • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    Sheriff Hackberry Holland patrols a small Southwest Texas border town with a deep and abiding respect for the citizens in his care. Still mourning the loss of his cherished wife and locked in a perilous almost-romance with his deputy, Pam Tibbs, a woman many decades his junior, Hackberry feeds off the deeds of evil men to keep his own demons at bay.

    Regular price: $23.23

  • Book 4

    • House of the Rising Sun

    • A Novel
    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Will Patton
    • Length: 15 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,125
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,043
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,036

    From its opening scene in revolutionary Mexico to the Battle of the Marne in 1918, and on to the bordellos and saloons of San Antonio during the reign of the Hole in the Wall Gang, House of the Rising Sun is an epic tale of love, loss, betrayal, vengeance, and retribution that follows Texas Ranger Hackberry Holland on his journey to reunite with his estranged son, Ishmael, a captain in the United States Army.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Okay…I'll Say It

    • By Craig on 12-11-15

    Regular price: $27.99

    • House of the Rising Sun

    • Hackberry Holland, Book 4
    • By: James Lee Burke
    • Narrated by: Will Patton
    • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    House of the Rising Sun is an epic tale of love, loss, betrayal, vengeance and retribution that follows Texas Ranger Hackberry Holland on his journey to reunite with his estranged son, Ishmael. After a violent encounter that leaves four Mexican soldiers dead, Hackberry escapes the country in possession of a stolen artifact, earning the ire of a bloodthirsty Austrian arms dealer who will do anything to recapture his prize, believed to be the mythic cup of Christ.

    Regular price: $21.58