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Lay Down My Sword and Shield

Written by: James Lee Burke
Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins

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Publisher's Summary

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....

©1971 James Lee Burke (P)2010 Recorded Books LLC

Critic Reviews

"A fantastic novelist…so far above the prevailing standards of crime fiction that it is pointless to make the comparison" ( Daily Express)

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  • Pete
  • 04-12-15

We want more Huck!

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The narrator was very good, But, he just isn't Will. Whom all fans of the Burke writing style, I am sure, relate to as being Huckelberry Holland. Nonetheless great story, great narration and we want more Huck escapades.

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  • joseph shearer
  • 03-05-16

waste of print

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

better story, better writing

What could James Lee Burke have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

not written it

Have you listened to any of Tom Stechschulte’s other performances? How does this one compare?

very good reader - no country for old men

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why did he even write this pointless tripe?