Pale Shadow by Robert Skinner
(Wesley Farrell Novels)

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Autumn 1940. A black woman named Louise Blanc is found tortured to death in her Gentilly home. Sergeant Israel Daggett can't make anything of it until a Treasury agent arrives on the scene to let him know that Louise Blanc was the girlfriend of a bootlegger-turned-counterfeiter named Luis Martinez.
On the other side of town, Wesley Farrell is looking for Martinez for his own reasons, but soon finds that his friend is up to his neck in hot water. He's on the run from the boss of his gang, a blond Spaniard named Santiago Compasso, after having run off with the key to the operation--the painstakingly constructed plates that produce twenty and fifty-dollar bills that are so good they've got the boys at Engraving and Printing jealous. Compasso's worried, not just because his operation's loused up, but also because he has someone of his own to answer to.
Now Farrell's in a contest with Compasso to find his friend and discover the reason for his doublecross before Compasso's killer...
 

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 March 2, 2008 by Poisoned Pen Press. 300 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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The opening tableau—contract killer Dixie Ray Chavez standing beside the body of ex-bootlegger Luis Martinez’s girlfriend Linda Blanc, whose heart gave out while Chavez was working her over with an electric iron—is only a curtain-raiser for the feast of violence that marks Martinez’s falling-out ...

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Blood to Drink) has done scholarly writing on Chester Himes, and uses his own turf in much the same way Himes used Harlem, delving into the overlapping relationships between the races, though less ink is spilt this time about Farrell having Creole blood and passing as white.

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