Lay Down My Sword and Shield, Paperback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


A powerful novel of conflict, history and shadows from the past the bestselling, acclaimed author of THE TIN ROOF BLOWDOWN. 'As I stood there on my front porch that hot, breathless July day, leaning against the column with the six bullet holes, now worn and smooth, I could see Hack's whitewashed marker under the pin oaks in the Holland family cemetery ...Four generations of my family were buried there.' 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...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780752842691



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I think I'm unusual in that I have read this book before any other Hack Holland books and was therefore not reading it to find out any back story, Once again, I was blown away by Burke's writing. I have seen others criticise his long descriptions but I don't feel they are overdone as they are so good. Having said that, I found Hack Holland a truly obnoxious character. It is certainly tough to read a book where the main character is a good guy but a complete git too.

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