By Michael Malone
At the Ides of March, our hero, Raleigh Whittier Hayes (forgetful husband, baffled father, filthy rich assurance agent and prime citizen of Thermopylae, North Carolina), learns that his father has discharged himself from the sanatorium, taken all his cash out of the financial institution and, with a tender black woman psychological sufferer, vanished in a yellow Cadillac convertible. Left in the back of is a mysterious checklist of 7 outrageous initiatives that Raleigh needs to practice to be able to rescue his father and his inheritance. And so Raleigh and fats Mingo Sheffield (his irrepressibly unswerving good friend) trigger on an uproarious modern treasure hunt via a panorama of unforgettable characters, falling into adventures important of Tom Jones and Huck Finn. A relocating parable of human love and redemption, dealing with Sin is Michael Malone's comedian masterpiece.
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Okay, I see. His note. ” She shook her hair loose. ” Raleigh was letting her lead him out of the bathroom. “That’s right. ” “Oh, they had this idea before the snake even spotted the tree. ” Meaning what? That Earley Hayes, who had been fired by his church for betraying Raleigh’s mother with Roxanne Digges, was an authority on the chronology of the Fall? “I hope he’s okay, you know how much I love him,” Aura added. ” “What? ” She prodded him down the hall. ” She must have heard that on cable television.
She pouted, “Oh, you always blame everything on me. ” Since babyhood, Caroline had inevitably become overwhelmed with self-pity when caught red-handed. In Hayes’s peripheral vision, the blue jeans wriggled. ” “Yes, I realize it’s Holly. ” On one knee, Caroline began solemnly to shake the pompoms from side to side as if landing a plane approaching from somewhere above and behind her father. “Oh, him. ” From across the lawn came, “Yeah? Oh, hi there, Mr. ” Raleigh turned toward the male voice. By God, the brazen hood appeared to have absolutely no recollection of their encounter on First Street.
Hayes pulled back. Her face followed! Her warm lips moved urgently against his trousers as barbaric whimpers came from her throat. He shook his leg roughly, flinging her head back and forth with it and gouging his skin with the spikes on her collar. “Shop! ” she shrieked. With both hands Hayes grabbed at her clustered blonde ringlets. The bottle crashed to the floor. He yanked and the hair came terrifyingly loose from her head and hung tangled from his fingers, revealing Vera’s customary black bobbed curls below.