By Walter Mosley
New York Times bestselling writer Walter Mosley introduces an "astonishing character" (Los Angeles instances e-book Review) during this acclaimed choice of entwined stories. Meet Socrates Fortlow, a difficult ex-con looking fact and redemption in South vital l. a. -- and discovering the miracle of survival.
"I both dedicated against the law or had a criminal offense performed to me on a daily basis i used to be in penal complex. when you visit felony you belong there." Socrates Fortlow has performed his time: twenty-seven years for homicide and rape, acts cast through his large, rock-breaking palms. Now, he has come domestic to a brand new form of legal: battered rooms in an deserted construction in Watts. operating for the Bounty grocery store, and relocating perilously as regards to invisibility, it really is Socrates who throws a lifeline to a drowning guy: younger Darryl, whose shaky direction is already bloodstained and fearsome. In a spot of violence and hopelessness, Socrates bargains up his personal battle-scarred knowledge that may flip the realm round.
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He had stopped the tuk-tuk at the foot of the tollway to Pattaya. The first thing I saw was the abandoned tollbooth, the inside covered in blood. I shut my eyes against the sun. It was no longer nighttime. The images from the other world remained with me. Without an explanation, I understood it all. There was absolute knowledge, along with infinite horror. It was a place where I could view anything I wanted to see. Only I would have to be prepared to see everything. ” Vato asked. ” I said. My brain felt as if it were hemorrhaging.
Vato looked at me as if I were retarded. As if this great epiphany wasn’t clear and apparent. “Yeah, man, I know already. The only ones who didn’t go nuts were the ones getting fucked up. That’s why Pattaya held out, because there are so many drunks in that town. ” 35 “So why go all the way to Pattaya? Why not just go to Soi Cowboy or Nana Plaza? There’s sure to be drunks there,” I said. “I’m not going to Pattaya for the drunks. I gotta deliver this fucking bag of China or I’m dead. I gotta give it back to the Ka Yai since I couldn’t get it on a plane.
It was no longer nighttime. The images from the other world remained with me. Without an explanation, I understood it all. There was absolute knowledge, along with infinite horror. It was a place where I could view anything I wanted to see. Only I would have to be prepared to see everything. ” Vato asked. ” I said. My brain felt as if it were hemorrhaging. “You fell asleep and then woke up screaming. ” It sounded like a good idea. ” Vato reached into his pocket and pulled out a small baggie of China with a cut straw sticking out as if from a juice box.
Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned by Walter Mosley