Written in a hardboiled, noir style, Casey s Last Chance takes you back to the days of Raymond Chandler, when characters knew only one direction straight ahead, their fedoras tilted into the wind Author Atkins writes fiction the way Jimi Hendrix played guitar, with delicate fingering that explodes into soaring, lyrical riffs when least expected.Casey Eubanks, is a small t Written in a hardboiled, noir style, Casey s Last Chance takes you back to the days of Raymond Chandler, when characters knew only one direction straight ahead, their fedoras tilted into the wind Author Atkins writes fiction the way Jimi Hendrix played guitar, with delicate fingering that explodes into soaring, lyrical riffs when least expected.Casey Eubanks, is a small time North Carolina hustler on the run after angrily firing a shot over the head of his girlfriend Orella during an argument and accidentally killing his cousin He seeks refuge with a crony, Clyde Point, who steers him to a big operator in Memphis, Max Duren, a shadowy former Nazi with a wide financial network across the South The story takes place in the U.S South in July 1960 and is reflective of underworld opposition to organized labor.Duren hires Casey to kill Ala Gadomska, a labor organizer who is stirring up trouble at one of Duren s mills in northern Mississippi Casey sets up for a sniper shot during a rally, but can t go through with it She s beautiful, makes sense, and maybe he s developing a conscience.Now he s on the run again, this time from Duren s goons as well as the cops Enter Martin Wolfe, a freelance reporter investigating Duren s operation He tries to talk Casey into joining forces with him and FBI agent Hardy Beecher to bring Duren down.Casey dumps Wolfe, steals his car, and returns home to Orella A Duren goon awaits
Casey s Last Chance Written in a hardboiled noir style Casey s Last Chance takes you back to the days of Raymond Chandler when characters knew only one direction straight ahead their fedoras tilted into the wind Auth
This is one powerful exploration of corruption, random violence and murder in the deep south In the southern United States during the second half of the Twentieth Century, a wealth of divergent forces warred over various resources using every known technique to corrupt law enforcement and keep poor and minority residents in their places Industrialists and manufacturers fought against union organizers, the KKK raised flaming crosses against African Americans and immigrant Latinos, and Martin Lu T [...]
Casey s Last Chance is the sort of book you don t so much read as experience, a classically hard boiled thriller where the crimes are deadly, the women are strong, the bad guys are the worst to be found, and the story propels the hero through the dark roads of the South at a pace that pulls the reader through the book racing to catch up, all held together with a deliciously immersive noir writing style.
Casey Eubanks has a job to do It is distasteful, but this could be his last chance at getting a new start in life If anyone needed a break, it was Casey, but if history holds, he will need nothing short of a miracle.His only way out is to break the union organizers at a factory in Memphis Easier said than done in 1960, wages are low and the factories are holding all the cards Men and women work way too many hours a day with little or no breaks Sweatshops are the norm, not the exception and Casey [...]
As an avid reader, it is the first few lines of a book that must catch my imagination More often than not, this is not the case In Casey s Last Chance, by Joseph B Atkins, the masterful use of language to paint the sardonic world of Casey Eubanks takes hold of the reader and never loses its grip.Eubanks life is one of missed opportunities, criminal activity, and sadness Faced with a challenge of a new job, offered as a means of helping him avoid the law, Casey discovers unfamiliar aspects As an [...]
Somewhat awkwardly plotted failing to give adequate emphasis to what would seem to be some of the thrilling parts of the narrative, but very good at giving a picture of 1960 America.