Blood to Drink by Robert Skinner
A Wesley Farrell Novel (Wesley Farrell Novels)

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During Prohibition, the Mississippi flowed with contraband. Rumrunners could make fortunes in New Orleans. Some got away with murder.

Wesley Farrell, half-caste son of an Irish policeman, is no stranger to violence and death, but he's deeply affected when a bright young Federal agent is gunned down right in front of him. A few years later, a new act opens and Farrell, conscious of his debt to the dead man who had saved his life just before he died, elects to play a role. His investigation not only opens up some well kept secrets, it carries his own role with his father in new directions....

Atmospheric, faithful to its period, Robert Skinnet's fourth Wesley Farrell novel after Skin Deep Blood Red, Cat-Eyed Trouble, and Daddy's Gone a-Hunting is not just a suspenseful whodunit, but an exploration of family and of loss.


About Robert Skinner

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Robert Skinner has degrees in history (Old Dominion University) and library science (Indiana University) and studied creative writing at the University of New Orleans. He’s widely known for his non-fiction writing on the career of African-American novelist Chester Himes and on the American hard-boiled crime story. He’s the author of two previous Wesley Farrell novels, Skin Deep, Blood Red, (1997) and Cat-Eyed Trouble (1998). He makes his home in New Orleans where he’s University Librarian at Xavier University of Louisiana.
Published August 26, 2000 by Poisoned Pen Press. 251 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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There's a pleasantly old-fashioned B-movie feeling to Skinner's first novel, set in a 1936 New Orleans so obviously well-researched that when a character drives down Magazine Street and turns on to Pleasant, ""a working-class neighborhood composed of shotgun singles and doubles,"" you believe it ...

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For Farrell, sometime bootlegger and thief, his brief presence in the life of Coast Guard Commander George Schofield, is problematical, especially to Farrell.

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