The Righteous Cut
In 1941 New Orleans, when the young daughter of corrupt white councilman Whitman Richards is kidnapped, Whitman refuses to allow the police to become involved in the case, and has the political muscle to back it up. His wife turns to the one man she thinks can help her, old flame Wesley Farrell. Farrell quickly discovers that this isn’t a simple kidnapping, but a war between Richards and his old partner in crime, Pete Carson, who Richards once framed for murder. But there is a darker connection between the two men as well….
Though the main character is supposed to be a “Creole” passing for white, it’s hard to keep track of the fact during the book, and there doesn’t seem to be much awareness of the “color bar” among any of the characters. Though there is a lot of good period description, period attitude is spotty and a few historical glitches mar the book. Particularly puzzling: though the book ends on December 7th, 1941, for some reason the news of the bombing of Pearl Harbor apparently doesn’t reach New Orleans until 5:30 pm that day. (#3 in the Wesley Farrell series.)