Lenahan the high diver would tell people that if you put a fifty-cent
piece on the floor and looked down at it, that's what the tank looked
like from the top of that eighty-foot steel ladder."
are going along okay with Dennis' gig at the Tishomingo Lodge &
Casino in Tunica, Mississippi, "the Casino Capital of the South," until
the day he looks down from the high-dive platform and witnesses a mob
hit -- Dixie style.
Turns out there was a second
witness, Robert Taylor from Detroit, who carries a picture of his
great-granddaddy's lynching along with a gun in a briefcase and listens
to Delta blues while cruising the back roads of Mississippi in his
black Jaguar. Robert works for a man from up north who has come to play
General Grant in a Civil War battle reenactment, and like Dennis,
Robert has a death-defying act of his own: he's sleeping with his
Adding further intrigue are the women.
Vernice lures Dennis with the whitest thighs he's ever seen. Diane
comes to do a story on Dennis and wants to take him to Memphis. And
still another comes along to give Dennis the surprise of his life. But
it's the scams Robert Taylor plays that move the action through all
kinds of unexpected twists and turns.
rings true with the bestselling author's dead-on dialogue, capturing
the flavor and rhythms of the South, and finds him plotting at his