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  • Library Binding
  • Publisher: Amereon Ltd (September 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 084881777X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0848817770
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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These titles, published throughout the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, represent Burke's early work before the creation of his now famous Cajun detective, Dave Robicheaux. Each features protagonists forced to make tough decisions that will forever change the paths of their lives (LJ 3/1/65, LJ 7/70, LJ 1/15/72).
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

James Lee Burke was born in Houston, Texas, in 1936 and grew up on the Texas-Louisiana gulf coast. He attended Southwestern Louisiana Institute and later received a B. A. Degree in English and an M. A. from the University of Missouri in 1958 and 1960 respectively. Over the years he worked as a landman for Sinclair Oil Company, pipeliner, land surveyor, newspaper reporter, college English professor, social worker on Skid Row in Los Angeles, clerk for the Louisiana Employment Service, and instructor in the U. S. Job Corps.

He and his wife Pearl met in graduate school and have been married 48 years, they have four children: Jim Jr., an assistant U.S. Attorney; Andree, a school psychologist; Pamala, a T. V. ad producer; and Alafair, a law professor and novelist who has 4 novels out with Henry Holt publishing.

Burke's work has been awarded an Edgar twice for Best Crime Novel of the Year. He has also been a recipient of a Breadloaf and Guggenheim Fellowship and an NEA grant. Two of his novels, Heaven's Prisoners and Two For Texas, have been made into motion pictures. His short stories have been published in The Atlantic Monthly, New Stories from the South, Best American Short Stories, Antioch Review, Southern Review, and The Kenyon Review. His novel The Lost Get-Back Boogie was rejected 111 times over a period of nine years, and upon publication by Louisiana State University press was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Today he and his wife live in Missoula, Montana, and New Iberia, Louisiana. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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The first day that Son Holland arrived in the penal camp, manacled inside a mule-drawn wagon with seven other convicts, he knew that he would eventually escape, that he would die before he would spend ten years in a steaming swamp under the guns and horse quirts of malarial Frenchmen with Negro blood in their veins and a degenerate corruption in their hearts. Read the first page
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Hard not to like and enjoy a James Lee Burke book. This is really more of a short story full of action in the period of the Alamo. One can see the genesis of the future Burke works. Wonderfully descriptive phrases, fully drawn characters and the ever present feeling of danger. As a James Lee Burke fan I am glad it has been reissued...it's well worth taking the time to explore his origins...and it's got lots of action and thrills.
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More of a long short story than a novel, this 1982 Burke effort does not have the depth of plot and characters that the latest Burke novels offer. Basically two escaped convicts, one old one young, exit a Louisiana hell hole of a prison and move south into Texas ending up with Sam Houston's near the Alamo. The young convict is a Holland, the great-grandfather of Billy Bob from Heartwood.
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If you think (like me) that JL Burke is America's finest writer, then buy "In the Electric Mist" or "Laying down my Sword", both of which were superbly crafted (or any of the Robicheaux novels, for that matter). "Texas", though, is brief, thin, and unBurkean. I'd give his other books 5 stars, but this one doesn't even deserve a 1.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Two for Texas Aug. 25 2008
By C. D. Lewis, Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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This is another great James Lee Burke novel. There is alot of Texas history in the story. And as always James Lee Burkes writing style makes the story very realistic. In this book a story is told of two guys who are running from the law in Louisiana and head for Texas. They are looking for and find Sam Houston just before the battle for Texas independence. The story is told as only James Lee Burke can tell it. Fast reading and holds your interest. If you like James Lee Burke, you like Two for Texas.
20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Early Burke, thin on plot, a little bit of Alamo history. Oct. 21 1999
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More of a long short story than a novel, this 1982 Burke effort does not have the depth of plot and characters that the latest Burke novels offer. Basically two escaped convicts, one old one young, exit a Louisiana hell hole of a prison and move south into Texas ending up with Sam Houston's near the Alamo. The young convict is a Holland, the great-grandfather of Billy Bob from Heartwood.
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
shallow, thin and unBurkean April 20 2000
By "chrislapierre" - Published on Amazon.com
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If you think (like me) that JL Burke is America's finest writer, then buy "In the Electric Mist" or "Laying down my Sword", both of which were superbly crafted (or any of the Robicheaux novels, for that matter). "Texas", though, is brief, thin, and unBurkean. I'd give his other books 5 stars, but this one doesn't even deserve a 1.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Really a three and a half. June 26 2000
By nobizinfla - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Hard not to like and enjoy a James Lee Burke book. This is really more of a short story full of action in the period of the Alamo. One can see the genesis of the future Burke works. Wonderfully descriptive phrases, fully drawn characters and the ever present feeling of danger. As a James Lee Burke fan I am glad it has been reissued...it's well worth taking the time to explore his origins...and it's got lots of action and thrills.
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Terrific June 27 2013
By Frank A. Stephenson - Published on Amazon.com
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Yes, I admit it, I considered it a risk. After all, no Dave R., no Clete Purcell, no Hackberry; so who were these guys? Well, I worried for not. The story is about a young boy wrongfully sentenced to confinement in a horrible Louisiana prison run by Frenchmen. The boy meets and become friends with a character (literally and figuratively). They kill a guard, escape, and run. And run some more. During their wanderings they become part of Sam Houston's army just prior to the battle of the Alamo. The character's are very well done by Mr. Burke, and as usual his painting with words of the landscape is impeccable. There are plenty of names any westerner will recognize: Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, etc. It's brutal (what did you expect?) at times, and romantic (in a western way) at other times. In short, I loved it. One caveat; if you're a died in the wool easterner, you may be disappointed; if you're from West of the Mississippi, take the plunge.


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