By James Carlos Blake
In 1928 New Orleans, eighteen-year-old Sonny LaSalle is a most sensible prep pupil 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 common outlaw and persuades his uncles to take him on as a accomplice. but if a financial institution task is going undesirable, Sonny is distributed to detention center, 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 detention center, Sonny makes a harrowing get away and manages to reunite with dollar 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 at the back of, because the cool, calculating John Bones starts off a continuing crusade to seek down Sonny ... it doesn't matter what.
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That was fine by me. And so once or twice a week they took me out to the boonies and taught me all they knew about handling and shooting their pistols and shotguns. 44 top-break, Buck gave it to me for a present. E very day began with a big bell clanging in the dark. I’d wake to the darkness and remember where I was and for a moment I’d feel like I was suffocating and my heart would bang against my ribs like some trapped thing. I’d have to fast remind myself that you never know—you never know—before I could breathe a little easier.
Russell stopped the car next to the transport truck where two of the gun bulls stood in the shade and Jimmyboy asked them for directions to Rosenburg. The boss bull hollered at the third guard, down near the end of the work line, to throw down his gun too, but the guy just stood there. “Like he was maybe thinking of trying to save the day,” Russell said. Buck came up out of the ditch behind him and knocked the notion out of his head with a shovel. “Should’ve seen it,” Buck said. ” Some of the cons went hightailing into the woods and some stood A WO R L D OF THIEVES 49 there like they wouldn’t know what to do until somebody told them.
I was grinning with them now. But there was a catch: I’d have to finish school first. “It’s the one thing your daddy trusted us to see to,” Buck said. ” They wouldn’t listen to a word of argument about it. ” “If you finish with the same good grades as always,” Russell said. ” “And if you still want to,” Buck said. “Hell kid, you never know. Then a hard rain started coming down—and kept on coming. There were reports of overruns along the bottoms, nothing nearly so bad as the monster flood of two years earlier, but portions of the upriver banks had given way and driftwood of all size and sorts was carrying downstream and jamming up in the meanders.
A World of Thieves: A Novel by James Carlos Blake