Casey's Last Chance

Casey's Last Chance

Joseph B. Atkins / Jul 21, 2019

Casey s Last Chance Written in a hardboiled noir style Casey s Last Chance takes you back to the days of Raymond Chandler when characters knew only one direction straight ahead their fedoras tilted into the wind Auth

  • Title: Casey's Last Chance
  • Author: Joseph B. Atkins
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  • Written in a hardboiled, noir style, Casey s Last Chance takes you back to the days of Raymond Chandler, when characters knew only one direction straight ahead, their fedoras tilted into the wind Author Atkins writes fiction the way Jimi Hendrix played guitar, with delicate fingering that explodes into soaring, lyrical riffs when least expected.Casey Eubanks, is a small t Written in a hardboiled, noir style, Casey s Last Chance takes you back to the days of Raymond Chandler, when characters knew only one direction straight ahead, their fedoras tilted into the wind Author Atkins writes fiction the way Jimi Hendrix played guitar, with delicate fingering that explodes into soaring, lyrical riffs when least expected.Casey Eubanks, is a small time North Carolina hustler on the run after angrily firing a shot over the head of his girlfriend Orella during an argument and accidentally killing his cousin He seeks refuge with a crony, Clyde Point, who steers him to a big operator in Memphis, Max Duren, a shadowy former Nazi with a wide financial network across the South The story takes place in the U.S South in July 1960 and is reflective of underworld opposition to organized labor.Duren hires Casey to kill Ala Gadomska, a labor organizer who is stirring up trouble at one of Duren s mills in northern Mississippi Casey sets up for a sniper shot during a rally, but can t go through with it She s beautiful, makes sense, and maybe he s developing a conscience.Now he s on the run again, this time from Duren s goons as well as the cops Enter Martin Wolfe, a freelance reporter investigating Duren s operation He tries to talk Casey into joining forces with him and FBI agent Hardy Beecher to bring Duren down.Casey dumps Wolfe, steals his car, and returns home to Orella A Duren goon awaits him there, however A bloody shootout leaves Orella dead and convinces Casey to partner with Wolfe and Beecher.It s Casey s last chance The three take off across the South to execute a plan with the help of Ala Gadomska to destroy Duren Everything works according to plan until the explosive end, at which point no one is able to escape unscathed Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for ebook Published February 16th 2015 by Sartoris Literary first published February 12th 2015 More Details ISBN13 9781941644195 Other Editions 2 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Caseys Last Chance, please sign up

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enforcement and keep poor and minority residents in their places Industrialists and manufacturers fought against union organizers, the KKK raised flaming crosses against African Americans and immigrant Latinos, and Martin Luther King led a burgeoning civil rights movement into rampant but peaceful civil protest.Some of this unrest looms on the horizon in July, 1960, when the novel opens Casey Eubanks, hustler and pool shark is running from arrest out of Jonesboro, South Carolina for the accidental shooting of his cousin in a local bar He takes bad advice from an acquaintance and fellow hustler and agrees to a murder contract He s supposed to erase a union organizer who is agitating for better pay and better living conditions in a mill in southern Mississippi When the plan goes awry Eubanks instead murders a local corrupt cop and we re off on a classic dark run.The author nails the descriptive elements of the territory Casey travels through and he nails the increasingly dark psychology that drives Eubanks through sleeepless nights in dingy motels and brushes with the law on light less nighttime deserted roadways Readers will meet a host of charaters all nicely detailed The mood is somber throughout, even when Casey hooks up with a rogue FBI agent and a free lance reporter trying to bring down a sprawling ex Nazi cabal of the worst kind of criminal.The dialogue is crisp and relevant, the mean streets are the meanest and the pace of the story is compelling The author not only nails the physical elements of the south, his characterizations are among the most accurate for this kind of novel I have read in a while Bravo for a gritty, dark and though flag 1 likeLike see review Feb 27, 2015 David rated it it was amazing Casey s Last Chance is the sort of book you don t so much read as experience, a classically hard boiled thriller where the crimes are deadly, the women are strong, the bad guys are the worst to be found, and the story propels the hero through the dark roads of the South at a pace that pulls the reader through the book racing to catch up, all held together with a deliciously immersive noir writing style flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 08, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it Shelves mystery, noir Casey Eubanks has a job to do It is distasteful, but this could be his last chance at getting a new start in life If anyone needed a break, it was Casey, but if history holds, he will need nothing short of a miracle.His only way out is to break the union organizers at a factory in Memphis Easier said than done in 1960, wages are low and the factories are holding all the cards Men and women work way too many hours a day with little or no breaks Sweatshops are the norm, not the exception and Casey Eubanks has a job to do It is distasteful, but this could be his last chance at getting a new start in life If anyone needed a break, it was Casey, but if history holds, he will need nothing short of a miracle.His only way out is to break the union organizers at a factory in Memphis Easier said than done in 1960, wages are low and the factories are holding all the cards Men and women work way too many hours a day with little or no breaks Sweatshops are the norm, not the exception and the women in this particular shop are treated poorly no matter their age Even pregnant women are expected to work long and painful hours or there are others in line waiting to take their place.Casey sets up on a hill overlooking the rally, setting his rifle scope on the beautiful dame in charge Ah, there is always a dame in a good noir, and Casey s Last Chance is no exception Ana Gadomska gave Casey every opportunity to kill her Unbeknownst to her, she was the perfect target standing stock still in the crosshairs of his scope, but for reasons only known to him he did not pull the trigger.That is when things go from bad to worse for the hitman The local police were going to take him out, but lucky for him his is a better shot When Gadomska and her bodyguard find out about the scheme and go after Casey, he ends up jumping from the frying pan into the fire by kidnapping her.It seemed like a good idea at the time, but now Casey is back to where he started before he took the deal But he has doubled is trouble Not only does he have the original people after him but now he has the cops and the wealthy owner of the factory putting a bounty on his head.Casey s Last Chance is a perfect noir mystery It is gritty, has rough characters and the main character is no angel The writing style takes me back to the old Alfred Hitchcock Magazines I read as a very young girl Even though his wings are tarnished, I was fond of Casey and pulled for him even in spite of his shortcomings as a person.Atkins is currently teaching journalism at the University of Mississippi He is a US Army Vietnam Veteran, a noted journalist and former congressional correspondent He has written previously published short works of fiction and a non fiction book entitled Covering for the Bosses Labor and the Southern Press.I highly recommend this book for fans of noir mysteries It is complex, fast paced and true to the genre I m looking forward to seeing of Atkin s work.Copyright 2016 Laura HartmanDISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION I have a material connection because I received a review copy that I can keep for consideration in preparing to write this content I was not expected to return this item after my review flag Like see review Nov 16, 2015 Joe Broadmeadow rated it it was amazing As an avid reader, it is the first few lines of a book that must catch my imagination More often than not, this is not the case In Casey s Last Chance, by Joseph B Atkins, the masterful use of language to paint the sardonic world of Casey Eubanks takes hold of the reader and never loses its grip.Eubanks life is one of missed opportunities, criminal activity, and sadness Faced with a challenge of a new job, offered as a means of helping him avoid the law, Casey discovers unfamiliar aspects As an avid reader, it is the first few lines of a book that must catch my imagination More often than not, this is not the case In Casey s Last Chance, by Joseph B Atkins, the masterful use of language to paint the sardonic world of Casey Eubanks takes hold of the reader and never loses its grip.Eubanks life is one of missed opportunities, criminal activity, and sadness Faced with a challenge of a new job, offered as a means of helping him avoid the law, Casey discovers unfamiliar aspects of his character The author s masterful use of language, taut, razor sharp descriptions, and ability to weave several sub plots into the main story turns this into a compelling book The writing is rich yet austere, colorful yet dark, moving the story along at a fast pace.The descriptions of the locations and people of the various scenes capture the essence of Eubanks world The book takes place in the south and the author s writing produces a movie in the reader s imagination You see, hear, and feel the world as Eubanks stumbles through it.The author puts you in the car, next to Casey, as he runs from one life to an uncertain future You see the characters and actions through Casey s eyes You become part of the action hearing the sounds, feeling the rain, inhaling the distinct aromas of the south Atkins background as a teacher comes through in this novel The writing is crisp and succinct There is none of the usual hyperbole or gratuitous violence so common in books today While Eubanks lives in a violent world, commits violent acts, the author s ability to paint Eubanks as a flawed but worthwhile human being blends in the violence as integral to the story.If I were to offer any criticism of the book, it would be that lack of background story to flesh out some of the other characters While Atkins does an admirable job of developing the supporting cast an FBI agent and a driven reporter who form an alliance with Eubanks and the antagonists of the book, a factory owner organized crime boss that suppresses his workers and assorted thugs and hitman, there is still some room for about these characters.If you are a fan of James Lee Burke, Robert Parker, or John Grisham you will find this book both entertaining and leaving you hungry for from Atkins.I highly recommended this book flag Like see review Jan 28, 2016 Jack Goodstein rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves novels Somewhat awkwardly plotted failing to give adequate emphasis to what would seem to be some of the thrilling parts of the narrative, but very good at giving a picture of 1960 America flag Like see review Phyllis Dupret rated it really liked it Oct 25, 2016 Bonnie Barnes rated it it was amazing Jan 14, 2018 Jessica rated it it was amazing Jun 14, 2017 Jill Frazier rated it liked it Aug 31, 2015 Danny Johnson rated it liked it Dec 01, 2016 Ditto C Scruggs rated it really liked it Apr 13, 2015 Kay Card marked it as to read Apr 01, 2015 Danna marked it as to read Apr 02, 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    1. This is one powerful exploration of corruption, random violence and murder in the deep south In the southern United States during the second half of the Twentieth Century, a wealth of divergent forces warred over various resources using every known technique to corrupt law enforcement and keep poor and minority residents in their places Industrialists and manufacturers fought against union organizers, the KKK raised flaming crosses against African Americans and immigrant Latinos, and Martin Lu T [...]


    2. Casey s Last Chance is the sort of book you don t so much read as experience, a classically hard boiled thriller where the crimes are deadly, the women are strong, the bad guys are the worst to be found, and the story propels the hero through the dark roads of the South at a pace that pulls the reader through the book racing to catch up, all held together with a deliciously immersive noir writing style.


    3. Casey Eubanks has a job to do It is distasteful, but this could be his last chance at getting a new start in life If anyone needed a break, it was Casey, but if history holds, he will need nothing short of a miracle.His only way out is to break the union organizers at a factory in Memphis Easier said than done in 1960, wages are low and the factories are holding all the cards Men and women work way too many hours a day with little or no breaks Sweatshops are the norm, not the exception and Casey [...]


    4. As an avid reader, it is the first few lines of a book that must catch my imagination More often than not, this is not the case In Casey s Last Chance, by Joseph B Atkins, the masterful use of language to paint the sardonic world of Casey Eubanks takes hold of the reader and never loses its grip.Eubanks life is one of missed opportunities, criminal activity, and sadness Faced with a challenge of a new job, offered as a means of helping him avoid the law, Casey discovers unfamiliar aspects As an [...]


    5. Somewhat awkwardly plotted failing to give adequate emphasis to what would seem to be some of the thrilling parts of the narrative, but very good at giving a picture of 1960 America.


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