By James Carlos Blake
In 1928 New Orleans, eighteen-year-old Sonny LaSalle is a most sensible prep scholar and champion novice boxer -- and he venerates his fraternal dual uncles, dollar and Russell, armed robbers who love their career. Sonny secretly believes that he, too, is a normal outlaw and persuades his uncles to take him on as a accomplice. but if a financial institution activity is going undesirable, Sonny is distributed to prison, the place he by chance kills a policeman who's the son of the main feared lawman in Louisiana, well known as "John Bones." After 9 months within the notorious Angola reformatory, Sonny makes a harrowing get away and manages to reunite with greenback and Russell. The carefree trio head out for the boomtowns of west Texas, the place the cash flows as freely because the oil, unaware that vengeance follows shut in the back of, because the cool, calculating John Bones starts off a constant crusade to seek down Sonny ... it doesn't matter what.
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Dinner came out to us in a truck—beans and rice and cornbread, now and then some greens, once in a while some pork. Supper back in camp was the noon leftovers. During my first few weeks in Camp M, I would come in from the fields so tired I’d sometimes lie down to rest for a minute before stripping off my filthy skunk suit and going to the showers—and next thing I knew I’d wake up mudcaked and stinking, feeling like I couldn’t breathe, my heart thrashing, the morning bell clanging in the dark. O Angola was set on an oldtime plantation of that name.
Russell agreed. “Every time you do a holdup you’re risking your ass,” he said. “You never know when a guy will resist, when he’ll be somebody with a gun of his own and the sand to use it. ” That’s why more people didn’t rob and steal, Buck said. “It ain’t because they’re so moral like they say. They’re scared of the law. ” “They’re chickenshits and they know it,” Russell said. ” No ethics lecture I’d ever heard in school was as plain on the matter as that. O My mother had often remarked that it would be a waste of my intelligence if I didn’t go to college, and Daddy agreed, and I had allowed them to think I would.
Out by the pen the dogs were yelping as they were put on a truck to be taken 36 JAMES CARLOS BLAKE out to the fugitive’s trail. By the captain’s standing order, the floorwalkers couldn’t hand out the musical instruments before sundown except on Sundays, but Gaylord didn’t care what else we did while we were in lockdown, and so we played nickel-ante poker and read and napped and sat around bullshitting. Everybody wished guys would try to escape more often. We knew when the dogs got turned loose by their sudden higher howling.
A World of Thieves: A Novel by James Carlos Blake