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By James Carlos Blake

ISBN-10: 0060512474

ISBN-13: 9780060512477

ISBN-10: 0061369152

ISBN-13: 9780061369155

In 1928 New Orleans, eighteen-year-old Sonny LaSalle is a best prep scholar and champion beginner boxer -- and he venerates his fraternal dual uncles, greenback and Russell, armed robbers who love their occupation. Sonny secretly believes that he, too, is a average outlaw and persuades his uncles to take him on as a companion. but if a financial institution activity is going undesirable, Sonny is distributed to penal complex, the place he by accident kills a policeman who's the son of the main feared lawman in Louisiana, widely recognized as "John Bones." After 9 months within the notorious Angola penal complex, 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 money flows as freely because the oil, unaware that vengeance follows shut at the back of, because the cool, calculating John Bones starts a continuing crusade to seek down Sonny ... it doesn't matter what.

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Buck said yeah, he couldn’t hardly believe his luck. He agreed with the doctor that it could’ve been worse—hell, the bitch might’ve used a spade and took his whole crotch out at the roots. The surgery had gone well and would be swift to heal. Buck still had the nerves and blood vessels in place to feel pleasure down there and would still be able to shoot off. “Buck said that was good news, all right,” Russell told us. ” “Oh man,” Daddy said, and sighed and rubbed his face. After three weeks in the hospital Buck was transferred to the city jail.

Never think about what your woman might be doing on the outside—that was another Buck-and-Russell rule. Pretty soon you’d start imagining her with another guy and make yourself crazy. The guy who didn’t have a woman when he took a fall was the lucky one. If you did have one, forget her, forget her completely. Think of her as dead if you had to. If she knew where you were and wrote you a letter, don’t even open it before putting a match to it. Brenda Marie didn’t know where I was, so there was no chance I’d A WO R L D OF THIEVES 33 be tempted to read a letter from her, and when I saw how miserable so many of the cons would be for days after receiving a letter from a woman, I was glad none came for me.

When we got back to camp at dusk, the field boss made his report and the captain sentenced me to thirty lashes and a day in the box. I had already witnessed a couple of whippings by then, so I knew what I was in for. If you were going in the sweatbox after the lashing, you stripped naked, but if you were getting nothing more than the whipping, you only dropped your pants. Either way, you knelt in front of the whipping log—a portion of oak trunk about three feet thick—and hugged yourself to it with one arm and held up your balls with your other hand in case the whip tip snapped up between your legs.

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