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By Madison Smartt Bell

ISBN-10: 0307742415

ISBN-13: 9780307742414

Mae, a blackjack broker in a Las Vegas on line casino, spends her unfastened time wandering the wilderness with a rifle, or sitting in her trailer obsessively observing replays of an previous lover escaping the wreckage of 11th of September. What she sees in these photos isn't like what the remainder of us could see. She revels within the natural anarchy, thrills on the destruction. those photographs remember thoughts of a youth marked via unthinkable abuse, of her glide right into a cult that devoted the main stunning crime of the '60s, of her existence in view that then as a feral and cautious outsider, stuck in a swirl of occasions without delay own, political, mythic.

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My bones were throbbing with excitement—current spouting up to the top of my head through the soles of my feet. D—— had been teaching new uses of fear. She came down overhand with the flat of the wavy blade and I didn’t block it this time, let it reach me, just denting into the top of my left breast. The bayonet swung around lazily to the right and came softly to rest on the skin of her throat. I hadn’t controlled it quite enough or maybe I’d controlled it just perfectly, for there among her cinnamon freckles rose a bright red bead of blood.

I started laughing. Laurel was too. Then we were chasing each other in and out of the dummy doors, up and down the pretend street, crouching to take aim and fire at each other with forefinger and cocked thumb. Laurel actually said bang bang when she did this action. Finally we slumped together, breathless and gasping, against the back of the saloon flat. “Watch out,” I said. ” Laurel couldn’t seem to stop laughing. Then a motor coughed to life and she did stop, turning her head to the sound, alert, for a second, as a fox.

You can stay here, Mae,” she said. ” The town where I now lived had been made for the people who built Hoover Dam, and for a long time there was no gambling there, because the workers didn’t want it, or because the powers that then were didn’t want them to have it. The nearest casino was to be found in a slash through the mountains just to the north, first cut for the railroad to go through. It always looked calm from the outside, at evening especially, a great sand-colored rectangle, nothing but functional, but with clean square lines that gave it, sometimes, the aspect of a temple.

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