- Title: Daddy's Gone A-Hunting
- Author: Robert Skinner
- ISBN: 9781890208172
- Page: 175
- Format: Hardcover
Robert Skinner has written three books in a series that takes place during the Depression in New Orleans He selected the Depression because of stories family members told him about living during that time and how it affected them To him, the 30s represent America s last romantic age Even so he is cognizant of how difficult this time period was for those at the low enRobert Skinner has written three books in a series that takes place during the Depression in New Orleans He selected the Depression because of stories family members told him about living during that time and how it affected them To him, the 30s represent America s last romantic age Even so he is cognizant of how difficult this time period was for those at the low end of the economic spectrum.Because his books are hard boiled, protagonist Wesley Farrell had to be an outsider So Skinner made Farrell a black man passing for white, something that was unacceptable in New Orleans at the time In the first book of the series, SKIN DEEP, BLOOD RED, the reader learns about his deception in the denouement But Farrell continues to hide his race from almost everyone He wants to help other blacks, but he also fears losing everything he has.Farrell is a gambler and bon vivant He gets involved in a very complex series of problems partly because he is depressed Savanna Bealieu, the woman he would like to love, has left for California, and Farrell goes looking for trouble to put her out of his mind He lives on the borderland between the respectable and the criminal He responds to cries for help but there is violence at the core of his soul and he is ambivalent about his race Outwardly comfortable in both the black and white worlds, he is, in reality, uncertain about where he wants to be He dreams of marrying Savanna, but knows he would lose everything if he did So the violence of New Orleans suits him just fine.First a prominent black businessman is murdered and then a man who has served 10 years in prison for armed robbery returns to town The situation grows complicated as another black businessman disappears and the black owner of a club asks Farrell to help him fend off a gangster who wants to take it over There are several subplots in this book which all come together in an electrifying climax.
Recent Comments "Daddy's Gone A-Hunting"
A Wesley Farrell novel. The third, and a disappointment. Lacks the compelling story line about the passing son searching for his white father. The writer still seems like he's learning his craft at the reader's expense, and he relies too much on stereotype and foul language to propel the story.I'll give Skinner one more chance (Pale Shadow (Wesley Farrell Novels)--the improvement is noticable).
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