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Hanged Man

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Ray's a former mob enforcer who heads west to live off his comfortable retirement, provided graciously by his ex-employers. He's got it all. A new place, a new business, and he's making a pretty good go of it. Better than most folks in 1935 California.

Still, things aren't perfect. There's some bad stuff going down with his town, his employees, and local cult leader, Mr. A

Kindle Edition, 72 pages
Published (first published May 1st 2007)
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In Hanged Man we are thrown immediately into the action. A dance marathon is going on, that cruel, exploitative event where desperate couples danced for the chance of money and perhaps a little celebrity, is going on but the suffering of the dancers are–suitable to the times–almost ignored, their very bodies treated like cattle along the lines of They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? It’s clear we are in the Depression.

Ray, the protagonist, is a hard-bitten character from the east coast, and his clippe
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Setting in California in 1935, the book has the atmosphere of a old classic movie in black and white, or, to recall something more recent, of L.A. Confidential. Ray was a night club manager in New York; he was THE good guy, the nice face of the real owner, a mafia boss. Ray was not an unwilling pawn of his boss' play, he knew well what it was happening, but he turned his shoulders to not see what he didn't want to see. At the club he was "friendly" with Charlie, a man who said himself to be an a ...more
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