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Tishomingo BluesDaredevil Dennis Lenahan has brought his act to the Tishomingo Lodge Casino in Tunica Mississippi diving off an eighty foot ladder into nine feet of water for the amusement of gamblers gangsters and luscious belles His riskiest feat however was witnessing. A man on top of a platform eighty feet above a small tank of water just 9 feet deep looks down at the remote object raises his arms and leaps out into nothingness flying briefly before gravity hurls him under he tumbles twisting his body this way and that moving sixty miles a hour in two seconds a big splash as Dennis Lenahan hits the target slowly he surfaces the appreciative crowd cheers wildlyMr Lenahan originally from New Orleans has been a diver for 22 years the talented daredevil from jumping off the high cliffs of Acapulco to amusement parks around the country still in great physical shape but the end of the line is rushing by uickly He wrangles a job at the new Tishomingo Lodge Casino in Tunica Mississippi skeptical Billy Darwin who runs the place gives him 300 dollars a day a two week tryout it sure beats sleeping in his truck But this is the heart of the Dixie Mafia's territory they control the drug trade around here money is everything as the unconnected Dennis soon finds out witnesses a killing while on his high perch outside the casino the two killers look up jeering him and threaten another slaying Until Charlie Hoke Chickasaw Charlie arrives the celebrity host of the Lodge a former minor league pitcher an occasional boyfriend to MrLenahan's attractive landlady Vernice with some big league glory in Detroit he says but nobody remembers him boasts about his 99 miles a hour fastball persuades the criminals to leave Dennis can keep his mouth shut More complications the persistent John Rau from the state police starts snooping around asking too many uestions rumors spread that Lenahan saw the gruesome murder the first of many the cops around here are not too concerned bad guys killing each other a good thingThen a gang of Detroit gangsters come to town wanting to take over the lucrative narcotics business led by Mr Germano Mularoni he doesn't like to talk but enjoys gambling in the casino a high roller brings his gorgeous reluctant bored wife along Anne and able ambitious assistant too Robert Taylor not the actor But a black man the other gangsters admire his cool who drives a fabulous Jaguar loves the Blues always speaking about and playing that music becomes a friend of Dennis's offers him a job not uite legit but will make him rich An expert also on the gory American Civil War Mr Taylor is there will be a reenactment of the bloody Battle of Brice's Crossroads nearby during a sizzling heat wave all the main characters will be involved but this one will use real deadly bulletsA stylish engrossing story with many facets not just about crime but life for those who survive

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A Dixie style mob execution while atop his diving platform Robert Taylor saw the hit also A blues loving Detroit hustler touring the Southland in a black Jaguar Taylor's got his own secret agenda re the Cornbread Cosa Nostra and he wants Dennis in on the. A novel filled with wonderful sleazy low life characters made vivid purely through dialog and very little description Dennis Lenehan who talks himself into a job as a show diver at a lodge casino in Tunica Misissippi witnesses a murder one day while he is sitting atop the 80 foot ladder from where he usually jumps into a 9 foot pool Robert Taylor an ambitious hustler staying at the casino witnesses Dennis witnessing the murder Robert who is impressed by Dennis' individualism and daredevil diving act tries to lure him into a plot to takeover the local drug trade from the Dixie mafia There are many interesting set pieces in the novel the diving show at the casino the redneck honky tonk and the civil war reenactment But the crackling working man dialog endowed with anecdotes about blues musicians according to one of the characters the famous Iggy PopThe Stooges song I wanna be your dog was inspired by I'm a doggy by Afro Jewish musician Marvin Pontiac and redneck culture naughty child pie is what really makes the novel An array of beguiling characters a cocktail waitress a prostitute a mistress an Italian bombmaker a baseball legend turned announcer murderous Mexicans rednecks and Indians provide support to the main cast Hollywood has sacrificed the factotums barflies men in chain gangs traveling performers and other weirdos for the nerd the superhero nonsense yuppies and other apostles of the metastasizing global mono culture But American novels read by middle class guys like me living in India continue to eulogize the hard men and women hustlers who hit the road and do not settle for the mundane and the mediocre

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REVIEW Î Tishomingo Blues Ð Daredevil Dennis Lenahan has brought his act to the Tishomingo Lodge Casino in Tunica Mississippi diving off an eighty foot ladder into nine feet of water for the amusement of gamblers gangsters and luscious belles His riskiest feat however was witnessing a Dixie style mob execution while atop his diving platform Robert Taylor Game But there's a lot in Robert Taylor's pocket than a photo of his lynched great grandfather And high diver Dennis could be about to take a long fatal fall right into a mess of hoop skirts Civil War play acting and trouble than he ever dreamed possible. Feel like i just read a movie script with great dialogue but a movie script nonetheless