Note: Each of the books in the Holland family saga are written as standalone novels. Each novel features a descendant of the original Hackberry Holland.
Billy Bob Holland
Featuring Hackberry Holland
The patriarch of the Holland family is Son Holland, whom we meet in Two for Texas. He escaped from a prison in Louisiana in 1835 with Hugh Allison, a former member of the Mason-Harp gang. Son fought at the Battle of San Jacinto and was a friend of Sam Houston and Deaf Smith, and later leaves Texas with Hugh for the Milk River country of Montana Territory.
His son was Sam Morgan Holland, who was a Confederate soldier, a drover during Reconstruction, a gunfighter, a violent alcoholic, and the lover of Rose Dunn, known as the Cimarron Rose. Later he hung up his guns and became a Baptist saddle preacher on the Chisholm Trail and the Staked Plains.
His son was Hackberry Holland, who owned ranches near Yoakum, San Angelo, and Kerrville, Texas. He was a city marshal and a Texas ranger and had a symbiotic and violent relationship with John Wesley Hardin during the infamous Sutton-Taylor feud. He first appears in the short story titled "Hack." He is also the chief protagonist in the novel House of the Rising Sun.
Hackberry Holland the younger is the grandson whom we first meet in the story "Uncle Sidney and the Mexicans." He was a Navy corpsman who was wounded at the Chosin Reservoir and spent almost three years in a place called the Bean Camp in No Name Valley, a godforsaken piece of wasteland in North Korea. He narrates his war experience in the novel Lay Down My Sword and Shield. Much later in life, we meet him again in the novels Rain Gods and Feast Day of Fools after he has given up his law career and become a sheriff on the Tex-Mex border.
Billy Bob Holland is Hack the younger's cousin. He, too, was a Texas Ranger and later a lawyer. We first meet him in the novel Cimarron Rose, in which he narrates the love affair between Sam Morgan Holland and Rose Dunn. He is also the protagonist in Bitterroot, Heartwood, and In the Moon of Red Ponies.
Weldon Holland is also the grandson of Hackberry Holland the older. Weldon meets Bonnie and Clyde in the novel Wayfaring Stranger and is forever changed by the experience. In one way or another, Bonnie Parker is with him from the Battle of the Ardennes to the Golden Age of Hollywood and the neo-colonial intrigue of the postwar years.
James Lee Burke has contributed short stories to a number of anthologies, special collections and magazines. A sampling of these works are listed below.
Wide Awake in the Pelican State
Stories by Contemporary Louisiana Writers
edited by Ann Brewster Dobie
includes The Convict
Contributors: John Biguenet, James Lee Burke, Robert Olen Butler, Kelly Cherry, Moira Crone, Albert Belisle Davis, Charles deGravelles, John Dufresne, Richard Ford, Ernest J. Gaines, Louis Gallo, Tim Gautreaux, Norman German, Ellen Gilchrist, Joan Arbour Grant, Shirley Ann Grau, Dinty W. Moore, Tim Parrish, Tom Piazza, Nancy Richard, James Wilcox.
edited by Carolyn Haines
includes Big Midnight Special
Contributors: Ace Atkins, Lynne Barrett, James Lee Burke, Suzann Ellingsworth, Beth Ann Fennelly, Bill Fitzhugh, Tom Franklin, John Grisham, Carolyn Haines, Charlaine Harris, Suzanne Hudson, Alice Jackson, Dean James, Toni L.P. Kelner, Michael Lister, Daniel Martine, Mary Saums, David Sheffield, Nathan Singer, and Les Standiford.
Naked: Writers Uncover the Way We Live on Earth
edited by Susan Zakin
Includes Last Car to Elysian Fields
Through works of fiction, narrative nonfiction, and memoir, this energetic anthology addresses issues that concern us today: genetic research, globalization, technology, urban alienation, suburban sprawl, immigration, animal rights, colonialism, wilderness preservation, and much more.
Retrieving Bones: Stories and Poems of the Korean War
edited by W. D. Ehrhart
Includes We Build Churches, Inc
A collection of twelve stories and fifty poems, maps, a chronology of the Korean War, along with annotated lists of novels, works of nonfiction, and films.
Texas Bound Book II
edited by Kay Cattarulla
Includes The Convict
A continuing introduction to Texan short fiction, with stories from 22 authors.
Best of the South
edited by Anne Tyler
includes Water People
Twenty stories selected from the best Southern writers.
ROBICHEAUX, the novel, available January 2, 2018 Pre-orders accepted at your favorite book sellers now. In all formats.
James Lee Burke’s most beloved character, Dave Robicheaux, returns in this gritty, atmospheric crime novel set in the towns and wetlands of Louisiana.
DAVE ROBICHEAUX IS A HAUNTED MAN.
Between his recurrent nightmares about Vietnam, his battle with alcoholism, and the sudden loss of his beloved wife, Molly, his thoughts drift from one irreconcilable memory to the next. Images of ghosts at Spanish Lake live on the edge of his vision.
During a murder investigation, Dave Robicheaux discovers he may have committed the homicide he’s investigating, one which involved the death of the man who took the life of Dave’s beloved wife. As he works to clear his name and make sense of the murder, Robicheaux encounters a cast of characters and a resurgence of dark social forces that threaten to destroy all of those whom he loves. What emerges is not only a propulsive and thrilling novel, but a harrowing study of America: this nation’s abiding conflict between a sense of past grandeur and a legacy of shame, its easy seduction by demagogues and wealth, and its predilection for violence and revenge. James Lee Burke has returned with one of America’s favorite characters, in his most searing, most prescient novel to date.