By James Carlos Blake
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, dollar 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 task is going undesirable, Sonny is distributed to reformatory, the place he accidentally 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 penal complex, Sonny makes a harrowing break out and manages to reunite with greenback 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 in 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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Russell said Buck wasn’t likely to think of it as just a year. They argued about it until I warned them from the front window that my mother was home for lunch. She was happy as a pup to see him. Then she noticed Buck’s absence and asked where he was. Still at the oil rig in Lake Charles, Russell told her, where they’d been working these past weeks and carrying home their pay in a wheelbarrow. He apologized for not having sent word but they’d been working double shifts and hadn’t had time A WO R L D OF THIEVES 47 to do anything else.
He knew she thought he was having a high old time playing cards and dealing hooch while she was home with nothing but the radio for company. But he hadn’t known things were so bad she’d leave. My mother went over to sit beside him and put an arm around him. “It’s for the best, Buckman,” she said softly. ” Later on I’d realize she knew better than the rest of us how much he loved that woman and what terrible things it could mean. But because he was in love he could not let it lay. He had to try to find her.
It was the laughter of men who’d faced danger together. Who would risk their ass for each other. After my mother left for the library the next morning—the only time she’d ever been late and with the only complaint of hangover I’d ever hear from her—Buck and Russell came by and told us about the break. They’d driven to Texas and checked into a motor court on the main highway about two miles from the Sugarland prison camp. On Sunday, the visiting day, Russell went to the camp in his guise of cousin Luther Sammons.
A World of Thieves: A Novel by James Carlos Blake