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The Last Fair Deal Going Down

The Last Fair Deal Going Down

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Survival has been the Sledge way since Reuben Sledge’s father first moved to Des Moines. Yet the family seems cursed, and one by one the Sledges are slipping away. Reuben’s oldest brother is hanged for the murder of his wife. Then another brother is committed to an asylum for spying on the woman he loves. But it’s the rape and disgrace of his

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Survival has been the Sledge way since Reuben Sledge’s father first moved to Des Moines. Yet the family seems cursed, and one by one the Sledges are slipping away. Reuben’s oldest brother is hanged for the murder of his wife. Then another brother is committed to an asylum for spying on the woman he loves. But it’s the rape and disgrace of his beloved sister Nellie that drives Reuben into a deep despair. Into the depths of this depression wanders Tabor, lovely and vulnerable, who sets Reuben alive with the promise of her love. When Reuben learns that Tabor has descended into the City, he determines, in a moment of panic, to enter and bring her out. Thus begins the novel's second act, a harrowing journey through the horrors of the City and among a ghastly assemblage of dwellers who've crafted new lives for themselves in the underworld.

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Library Journal - Booksmack!
Rhodes made a big splash with this 1972 debut, which he followed up with two other equally well-received volumes in only three years' time. Horribly, a 1976 motorcycle crash left him paralyzed, suspending his literary career until 2008, when he released Driftless. Set in Des Moines, this is a metaphor for what Rhodes sees as the horrors of Middle American life. If Driftless circulated well, give this a shot. Mike Rogers, "Classic Returns", Booksmack!, 12/2/10

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ISBN-13:
9781571310767
Publisher:
Milkweed Editions
Publication date:
10/19/2010
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
8.82(w) x 11.28(h) x 0.73(d)

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The Last Fair Deal Going Down 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
David Rhodes latest book, Driftless, is a fabulous read. Not having read any of his works before, I thought I'd start at the beginning with his first book, The Last Fair Deal Going Down. What a mistake. It is worse than bad; it wanders, some sections are simply disgusting to read. Now I wonder if I want to buy any others by David Rhodes. Maybe I was lucky with the first one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read all 6 books by this aurhor and loved all of them, except for this one. Read his other books, but skip this one.