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The story itself offers interlocking strands that come together in the person of Evers Wheeling, a preternaturally young North Carolina judge who's headed to the dogs with his eyes wide open, "waiting to hit bottom," as he puts it. But just before he makes it there, into his life comes a blonde in trouble with an outrageous (and ever-mutating) tale of a brother who needs help avoiding a jail sentence. That this brother turns out not to resemble his sister in the slightest--he's an African-American dwarf, and strong for his size--is just a small surprise in the overall scheme of things. (Here you might start trying to picture The Maltese Falcon as rewritten by Charles Portis.)
There's an elusive prize, possibly a cache of rare stamps worth millions, and a decided falling-out between an uncertain alliance of thieves; there's also a brutal murder, one that's close enough to home to put Evers Wheeling on trial for his own life. In addition to all this, there's Evers's brother, Pascal, to reckon with: he's the one with the double-wide trailer parked back in the woods, the IQ that's off the charts, the preference for staying stoned, and the one trying to help his sibling in any way he can, no matter the illegality.
The Many Aspects of Mobile Home Living is enough to put Good Ole Boys back in style. But until Martin Clark writes his next book, I guess all I can do is go back and reread Michael Malone's equally memorable--and moving--Handling Sin, perhaps the best Southern novel of the past quarter-century. --Otto Penzler --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
I couldn't finish it, it wasn't worth the time and effort. There was no one I liked and the main character seemed intelligent as a judge but totally lacking in common sense in his... Read morePublished 1 month ago by R. Haggard
Characters are not very likeable. Thus, the reader doesn't really care where the plot goes and whether any characters are saved from their dreary, drug and alcohol filled... Read morePublished 1 month ago by mamasu
This is not a funny book - I found the book - story, writing, mentality of the characters - insulting to members of the Virginia State Bar and the Judiciary in Southwest Virginia. Read morePublished 2 months ago by E R Cheyney
Not your fathers Buick,and not his legal thriller. Funny as can be at times, and the legal sections are very realistic and highly entertaining.Published 3 months ago by LA Reynolds
The print in this paperback book is so small. I still have not finished the book, some day.Published 3 months ago by jw1939