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Synopsis: December 1941: Jessica Richards, daughter of corrupt New Orleans councilman Whitman Richards, is the victim of a sensational daylight kidnapping from the grounds of a Catholic girls' academy. Richards, a man with many enemies, outrages both his wife and police Captain Frank Casey by throwing the police off the case. Is it because the kidnapper is a familiar enemy, returned to settle an old score, or has Richards faked the kidnapping to further some aim of his own? The desperate mother turns to the one person who might help her old boyfriend Wesley Farrell.
Farrell, a Creole club owner passing for white, freshly returned from a self-imposed exile to Havana, prowls the city's bars and streets, familiarizing himself with a growing list of Richards's enemies while he tries to decide which of them might have the brains and guts to stage a coup against the corrupt councilman. Meanwhile, Negro Squad Sergeant Israel Daggett searches for the sole witness to the kidnapping, young black custodian Skeeter Longbaugh, unaware that the kidnappers have sent Easter Coupé, the most feared killer in the Negro underworld, after Skeeter...
This new entry into an atmospheric, well-reviewed noir series follows Daddy's Gone A'Hunting, Blood to Drink (list as Best of 2000 by january magazine), and Pale Shadow.
Review: Although the primary roles in Robert Skinner's sixth crime novel, The Righteous Cut, all belong to men, it's the secondary female characters--good, bad, and indecent--that one remembers best from this tautly contrived saga of greed and retribution. On the eve of the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack, Wesley Farrell, a mixed-race nightclub owner and irregular sleuth, returns to New Orleans from Havana, only to find the city erupting in an apparent gangland coup. Flagrantly corrupt councilman Whitman Richards has already lost two top henchmen to murder, and his teenage daughter, Jessica, has been kidnapped. Believing he knows and can stop the old enemy directing these acts, Richards eschews police assistance. But his defiant wife, Georgia, turns to Farrell for help, having known him during his younger days as a "two-bit hood." Even Farrell, with his criminal contacts and the backing of his Irish police captain father, may not be able to rescue Jessica, prevent the slaying of a naive young witness to her abduction, and keep Richards breathing.
Skinner's pre-war New Orleans is a piquant gumbo of whorehouses, jazz dives, and quotidian street violence, a place where "anything goes if you got the price of the ticket," and where the desperate acts of a kidnap victim or a hit man's sudden bout with his conscience seem only to be expected. The Righteous Cut is less bleakly consuming than an earlier Farrell outing, Blood to Drink, and its final resolution exalts convenience over credibility, yet the balance of human emotions against action here is remarkably satisfying. --J. Kingston Pierce
Title: Righteous Cut, The (Wesley Farrell Novels)
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Publication Date: 2002
Book Condition: Near Fine
Edition: 1st Edition
Book Description Poisoned Pen Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Book has a small amount of wear visible on the binding, cover, pages. Bookseller Inventory # G159058029XI3N00
Book Description Poisoned Pen Press, 2002. Book Condition: Good. 1st Edition. N/A. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP8176141
Book Description Poisoned Pen Press, 2002. Book Condition: Good. 1st Edition. N/A. Ships from Reno, NV. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP85740355
Book Description Poisoned Pen Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. 159058029X X-library copy with all the usual markings. Text clean and unmarked. Dust jacket protected in a mylar sleeve. TSB-9. Bookseller Inventory # SKU1003118
Book Description Poisoned Pen Press, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG159058029X
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Book Description Scottsdale: Poisoned Pen Press, 2002., 2002. Book Condition: Like New. First edition, uncorrected proof. Softcover. Fine book in printed wrappers. Bookseller Inventory # 3011263
Book Description Poisoned Pen Press, Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.A., 2002. Soft Cover. Book Condition: Very Fine. Uncorrected Proof. Bookseller Inventory # 024957
Book Description Poisoned Pen Press, Scottsdale, AZ, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition; First Printing. Signed by Skinnner. After her husband commands the police to stop investigating the disappearance of their daughter Jessica for unknown reasons, the girl's enraged mother asks ex-boyfriend and Creole club owner Wesley Farrell for help. A tiny spot of rubbing to the rear fold.; Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 13145