By Walter Mosley
It's 1953 in Red-baiting, blacklisting l. a., an ethical tar pit able to swallow effortless Rawlins. effortless is out of "the hurting business" and into the housing (and prefer) enterprise whilst a racist IRS agent nails him for tax evasion. certain Agent Darryl T. Craxton, FBI, deals to bail him out if he concurs to infiltrate the 1st American Baptist Church and secret agent on alleged communist organizer Chaim Wenzler. That's whilst the murders begin....
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Doctor Hébert recalled what her husband had said, For a shot of rum, she would do anything. However, it was common usage to keep the storeroom locked wherever there were so many house slaves. Also common usage for the mistress of the house to keep a key. Madame Arnaud put her head to one side and smiled at him with a queer jerk, the style of coquetry one might expect from a marionette on strings. The smile erased itself as quickly as it had appeared, and she rose and moved past him in short tripping steps and left the room.
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. Above the table, a circular fan of boards began to move when a boy in a corner pulled a rope.
He hoped most sincerely that he was not taking fever. When the edge of his appetite was blunted, he allowed his eyes to slide around the larger area of the room, though there was little for them to dwell on. Only the other doorways interrupted the walls; there were no pictures and no other ornament except for a large gilt-framed mirror. Toward the door to the gallery some more empty chairs were grouped around a low table made of local wood. “We are very plain here,” Arnaud said. “Perhaps your stay is temporary,” said Doctor Hébert.