Two for Texas

Two for Texas

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James Lee Burke steps back three generations to reveal the lightning-paced tale of western lawman Billy Bob Holland's great-grandfather, a fugitive swept up in the proud fight for Texan independence. Son Holland escaped a Louisiana chain gang-but never intended to kill a prison guard during the breakaway. Terrified for his life, on the run through the bayou with fellow escapee Hugh Allison and a beautiful Indian squaw, Son flees across the river to Texas, where the only chance the travelers have for survival awaits in a violent storm of revolution led by General Houston and James Bowie.
Publisher: New York ; London ; Toronto ; Sydney ; New Delhi : Gallery Books, 2013
Characteristics: 209 pages, 11 unnumbered pages ; 21 cm
Edition: First Gallery Books trade paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©1989
ISBN: 9781476708508


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Jun 18, 2016

James Lee Burke is one of my favorite living authors and I've read most everything he's written. This is an earlier novel of his, written before he found fame with his Dave Robicheaux series. It's a western, a historical novel, a war story, and a sort of buddy comedy. Two men kill a guard and break out of prison and have some adventures before ending up in Sam Houston's army in the fight against Mexico. It's a bit different than Burke's other book, but it's a rousing story with a vivid sense of history and that violence that shapes it. At time it recalls Cormac McCarthy, but with far less pretentious. One of the characters is the great-grandfather of Billy Bob Holland, who appears in other Burke novels.


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