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By Glenn Taylor

ISBN-10: 1941040098

ISBN-13: 9781941040096

Trendy historic fiction within the culture of precise Grit and Carter Beats the satan, a dangling at Cinder backside is an epic novel of exile and retribution, a heist story and a love tale both.

The 12 months is 1910. Halley’s Comet has simply signaled the tip of the realm, and Jack Johnson has knocked out the “Great White Hope,” Jim Jeffries. Keystone, West Virginia, is the region’s greatest boomtown, and on a wet Sunday morning in August, its townspeople are accrued in a red-light district referred to as Cinder backside to witness the 1st public putting in over a decade. Abe Baach and Goldie Toothman are on the gallows, expecting their execution. He’s Keystone’s most famed poker participant; she’s the madam of its such a lot notorious brothel. Abe cut up city seven years previous less than suspicion of armed theft and homicide, and has been cards up and down the coast, hustling below quite a few pseudonyms, ever considering the fact that. but if he returns to Keystone to reunite with Goldie and to set the prior correct, he unearths a brother lifeless and his father’s saloon in shambles—and suspects an analogous males can be answerable for either. simply then, in dealing with his family’s earlier, does the true swindle begin.

Glenn Taylor, a finalist for the nationwide booklet Critics Circle Award, has a special voice that breathes lifestyles into historical past and a prose kind that snaps with lyricism and comedy.

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Contents Title Page Dedication Epigraph Acknowledgments Map of Saint Domingue in the Late Eighteenth Century PREFACE PROLOGUE PART I: BOIS CAYMAN (August 1791) Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 PART II: LEUR CAFÉ AU CARAMEL (August—November 1791) Chapter 9 Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter 12 Chapter 13 Chapter 14 Chapter 15 Chapter 16 Chapter 17 Chapter 18 Chapter 19 PART III: EXCHANGE OF PRISONERS (November 1791—April 1792) Chapter 20 Chapter 21 Chapter 22 Chapter 23 Chapter 24 Chapter 25 PART IV: ILLUMINATION (August 1792—June 1793) Chapter 26 Chapter 27 Chapter 28 Chapter 29 Chapter 30 Chapter 31 Chapter 32 Chapter 33 Chapter 34 Chapter 35 ENVOI CHRONOLOGY OF HISTORICAL EVENTS ANOTHER DEVIL’S DICTIONARY Also by Madison Smartt Bell: Master of the Crossroads Preview of The Stone That the Builder Refused About the Author Also by Madison Smartt Bell Acclaim for Madison Smartt Bell’s All Souls’ Rising Footnotes Copyright For les Morts et les Mystères, and for all souls bound in living bodies, I have burned this offering Four hundred years… (Four hundred years, four hundred years…) And it’s the same… Same philosophy… BOB MARLEY Acknowledgments This novel was completed with invaluable assistance from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the George A.

After a time he became aware of the shifting of bare feet in the outer room. At the jingle of a little bell he got up and replaced his boots. Four candles in heavy candlesticks were burning on the long table in the main room, and the table was laid with covers of silver and heavy imported faience. Arnaud, standing at the head of the table, indicated to the doctor a place at his right. A slave drew back the chair and then adjusted it once the doctor had seated himself. The slave in the black coat, who seemed to fill some sort of butler’s role, settled Arnaud in the same way, stepped back and waited.

Some mulattoes were enslaved but many were free, and there existed a class of freedmen, or affranchis, who were mostly of mixed race, though some full-blooded blacks were also included. Sixty-four different shades of color were identified (and named) among the mulattoes, and social status depended on the lightness of the shade. Economically, the mulattoes were a powerful group. Many were wealthy and owned land and slaves of their own, and many had been well educated—sometimes in France. But the mulattoes had no political rights whatsoever.

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