By Michael Malone
At the Ides of March, our hero, Raleigh Whittier Hayes (forgetful husband, baffled father, wealthy coverage agent and best citizen of Thermopylae, North Carolina), learns that his father has discharged himself from the sanatorium, taken all his cash out of the financial institution and, with a tender black woman psychological sufferer, vanished in a yellow Cadillac convertible. Left at the back of is a mysterious checklist of 7 outrageous projects that Raleigh needs to practice in an effort to rescue his father and his inheritance. And so Raleigh and fats Mingo Sheffield (his irrepressibly unswerving good friend) trigger on an uproarious modern treasure hunt via a panorama of unforgettable characters, falling into adventures valuable of Tom Jones and Huck Finn. A relocating parable of human love and redemption, dealing with Sin is Michael Malone's comedian masterpiece.
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Uncoiled now to a height of approximately six and a half feet, he was grinning affably. ” called his only other child, Holly, waving a wrench. There appeared to be a beer can at her feet. Was this the life they really lived while he was away? Hayes suddenly noticed that Aura’s station wagon was not in the drive. ” 24 • handling sin “Caroline! ” Caroline arched her shoulders, leaving them raised until Raleigh turned to stride into the house. At least all the furniture was still there. The cobbler’s bench coffee table.
It was the whiskey. Finally, Vera’s head began to shake. ” She was giggling. The riding crop flicked against his arm, then whacked the bagged bottle. “Oh! ” The spell was half broken; if not move, he could at least talk. In fact, he had the feeling he was babbling. “Sort of a little bit of an emergency. ” The riding crop kept twitching against his arm. Vera kept giggling, no doubt on the verge of a hysterical mania. Evangelism and dieting had utterly addled her wits. He had to make her think there was nothing implausible in her appearance; cajole her, then flee.
Steal from a public library? ” On the step was a black teenager holding a brown paper bag. ” snapped Hayes. ” In the bag was a bottle of whiskey and an envelope. In the envelope was ten thousand dollars in cash, clipped to a note. “I bet you thought I was joking. Five for Jubal, five for the cabin. Here, have another drink. Then you and that damn beautiful Aura run upstairs and grab a nice warm daytime fuck. Then you better get along. You’ve got a lot of work to do. I forgot to say, unless you hear from me, meet me, noon, the 31st, St.