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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

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"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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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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waste of print

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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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disappointment

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why did he even write this pointless tripe?

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  • 08-07-20

Not the best, but good for background

I am puzzled by the combination of profound poetry and humiliating torture in these books. Not sure where the author is going with this. Redemption, yes, but how exactly? Anyway, despite its rather greater limitations than most of JLB's books, this one sets the stage for the recent Holland novels to good effect. By chance I had just read Robert Caro's volumes on Lyndon Johnson, so the depths of Texas politics came as no surprise. One of the great strengths of the Robichaux books is Dave's bromance with Clete Purcell. I miss a best bud in the Holland series.