Re: RARA-AVIS: RE: James Lee Burke, Texas Writer?

From: John Williams (
Date: 21 May 2001

Bill wrote

> The first book I ever read by Burke, nearly 30 years ago (yes, I still
> the book), was LAY DOWN MY SWORD AND SHIELD. It was about some guy named
> Hack Holland, who's probably related to Burke's current Texas series, and
> it was set in Texas. At the time, I assumed Burke was a Texan. But maybe
> he's not.

Burke's mother's family are from Texas, his father's from Louisiana. He grew up in both states at various times. The Holland books are loosely based on his mother's family history. Hope that clears it up.


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