Half of Paradise by James Lee Burke

By James Lee Burke

During this excessive, interesting tale, Burke follows the lives of 3 younger Louisiana males, each one of whom reveals himself in determined situations.

There's Avery Broussard, the final survivor of a kinfolk of as soon as filthy rich land proprietors, who has a weak point for alcohol;
J.P. Winfield, a negative singer and guitar participant who rises to reputation as a rustic tune superstar, purely to be destroyed via drug dependancy;
and Toussaint Boudreaux, a black longshoreman who moonlights as a heavyweight boxer.

The destinies of those males are tragically intertwined during this debut novel that showcases Burke's masterful and now-familiar sort.

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But the worth-while game, the game that should be hunted, the really big beasts, were under the protection of the state, like beasts in a zoological garden. Dr. Lutz looked angry when he heard this sermon. 19 THE Q U A R R Y He found it most objectionable, and actually he thought it improper not to protest against such immoral attitudes. But after all, the old man was sick and would very soon retire. Thank God. Unfortunately, he had to go now, he said, swallowing his anger, he was due at a meeting of the Public Welfare Office at eleven-thirty.

The room spun around for a moment, Gulliver re­ minded him of a giant bat. Then the room stood still again, only it was a little bit crooked. But that he could take in his stride. “ You knew Nehle,” said Barlach. The giant replied, “ I had dealings with him occa­ sionally,” and occupied himself with his vodka. Then he started to talk, but now no longer in his former cold, clear voice, but in a strangely singing tone, which became more marked when what he said was ironic or sarcastic, but which was sometimes nevertheless soft and tempered.

30 GULLIVER B ut around midnight the old man awakened when a soft noise came from the window and the cold night air rushed in. The Commissioner did not turn on the lights at once. Instead, he pondered what was happening. He guessed that the shutters were slowly being pushed up. The darkness that surrounded him lifted; phantomlike, the curtains fluttered in the uncertain light. Then he heard the shutters being cautiously pulled down. Again the impenetrable darkness of midnight surrounded him, but he sensed that a figure was moving toward him from the window.

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