The Black Mass of Brother Springer by Charles Willeford

By Charles Willeford

Nobody writes a greater crime novel than Charles Willeford Elmore Leonard THE BLACK MASS OF BROTHER SPRINGER tells the tale of Sam Springer, a drifter novelist who meets Jack Dover, the retiring Abbot of the Church of God's Flock. Dover's ultimate legitimate act is to ordain Springer and ship him off to function pastor of an all-Black church in Jacksonville, Florida. Springer quickly turns into entangled within the city's transforming into civil rights flow . . . and with the church deacon's earthy younger spouse, Merita. The Washington submit calls this darkly funny novel by means of Charles Willeford, one of many nice crime writers of the twentieth century, "his masterpiece." This new version is brought via James Sallis and includes Willeford's formerly unpublished play in accordance with the radical.

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Sitting in my study in my project house in Ocean Pine Terraces, I had relived this scene many times in my memory, and it never failed to put me into a good mood. I looked out the window and observed my wife hanging up wet sheets on the line in the backyard. A new washing machine, a new refrigerator, and a new electric stove had been included in the new house and had only added a few dollars a month to the house payments. My wife found great pleasure in these appliances after the inconvenience of the small apartment in Columbus.

It's too good a set-up. " "That sounds like the way we live," my wife said, with a touch of melancholy in her voice. " "Now listen," I cut her off. "We are getting a bit low on funds, and if I can get an inspirational article out of this trip we will be back in the money. This Week magazine pays fifteen hundred dollars for a good lead article. If This Week turns the article down, I can sell it to the Miami Herald for fifty dollars. If the Miami Herald turns it down, I'll expand the article into another inspirational book, condense it, and sell it to the Reader's Digest.

My conscious mind knew, and my subconscious mind also knew... Chapter Three Every year in these United States thirty per cent of the husbands leave their wives and go elsewhere. A large percentage of these deserting husbands return, mostly those with children; they miss the children. Others are brought back reluctantly by court order when they are caught. Many return because they miss their wives, and when they realize that taking care of their own laundry, meals, sex, and so on is quite a chore when alone in a room somewhere.

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