"A good read"
In 1928 New Orleans, eighteen year old Lionel "Sonny"
LaSalle is a good student, but all he wants out of life is
to join his revered uncles Buck and Russell. When his
parents die, his twin uncles agree to take their orphaned
nephew with them as they rob banks. He drives the getaway
car, but is caught by the cops. However, Sonny gets into a
brawl with another prisoner. When a cop tries to break it
up, Sonny, a talented amateur boxer, kills a cop with one
punch. He is sent to Angola prison, but manages to escape
and rejoin his notorious relatives.
The trio goes on a robbing spree that includes helping
chivalrously troubled women. However, the dead cop's
father, John "Bones" Bonham, may be near retirement, but
has executed many a prisoner. He plans to make the LaSalle
trio his swan song even if it takes the rest of his life to
catch up and kill the man responsible for murdering the
only reason he had for living.
A WORLD OF THIEVES is an exciting Depression Era crime
thriller that on one level is a police procedural, but on
another plane is a relationship drama between the key
characters. The LaSalle threesome and Bones are
intertwined especially through the latter's quest for
vengeance. James Carlos Blake provides historical mystery
readers with a powerful concoction that brings alive a
vivid bygone period piece when crime sprees were more
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 28, 2001