Lay Down My Sword and Shield
James Lee Burke
Pocket, 2010 (1993)
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Reviewed by Lyn Seippel
fter being wounded in Korea and surviving thirty-two months in a Korean POW camp, Attorney Hackberry Holland should be ready for the easy life. His wife's idea of the easy life is that he become the youngest congressman from the state of Texas. All he has to do is meet and greet people, rely on his family ties and Purple Heart, and pretend to be happily married. He shouldn't have any trouble getting the nomination, even though he spends most nights drinking himself into oblivion.
hen Arturo Gomez, a war buddy, gets sent to the State Farm for assaulting a Texas Ranger while picketing with union organizers for farm laborers, he asks Holland to appeal his conviction. Arturo's state appointed lawyer offered no defense for the young Chicano war hero. Holland's compassion won't allow him to turn the man down despite his political advisors urging him to back off. This cause is one he's willing to take risks for.
he emotional journey of a man whose actions have profound impact make this reissue of a Civil Rights era thriller stand out years after it was first published. To find out more about Hackberry Holland and the man he became, read
which will be reissued in May, 2010.
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