By Mike Monahan
Barracuda is a fast paced mystery on the way to be loved by means of readers who relish the aquatic motion of Jaws, the mob intrigue of The Godfather, and the police procedural feel of The Onion box.
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Cain believed, were created by the Almighty to be separate, and that was what made miscegenation such a crime against nature. Cain had grown up not so much believing in slavery, as he did accepting its existence, as one would accept the sun’s rising in the east or women giving birth to babies or a dog chasing a rabbit. ” He didn’t believe, as the hypocritical abolitionists put it, in amalgamation, the mixing of the races, which he considered an abomination of that natural order God had intended.
In the evening while sitting chained to a tree, they might look out at him from behind the silent mask of black skin. He sometimes wondered what it was they were thinking—was it the fantasy of getting their hands on him while he slept, killing the buckra, the term they used among themselves for a white devil? He could remember Darius, his father’s slave who, when he was being ﬂogged, would cry out, as slaves often did during their punishment, “Do, massa. ” It was almost as if he welcomed the pain, accepted it, brought it deep into his dark and inscrutable soul, cradled it there like some precious thing, which, of course, it was.
Now and then they had a treat of venison or wild turkey roasted over a spit on the ﬁre, but mostly it was the monotonous diet of soldiers, corn pone and dried ﬁsh, salt pork and jerked beef. Save for the growing tension between Cain and Preacher, the journey north had been fairly uneventful. Each evening around the ﬁre, Strofe would get out his maps and he and Cain would look them over, deciding on the best route. For the most part they steered clear of the cities and only ventured into a town when it was absolutely necessary.
Barracuda by Mike Monahan