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Casey's Last Chance
by Joseph B. Atkins
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Sartoris Literary Group, 2015 (2015)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Casey Eubanks is a small-time North Carolina hustler. After an extremely serious argument with his girlfriend Orella, and after killing his ne'er-do-well cousin, he is on the run.

Someone from his questionable past steers him to Memphis where a former Nazi with many shady investments has a job for him. He is to kill a union organizer who is trying to put a union into a mill owned by Max Duren. Duren tells his cohorts he can't make any money if the mill workers get a fair wage and benefits.

This is in the 1960s when racism is rampant. Many of the mill workers are black and Duren is able to treat these people as badly as he chooses. Casey is hired to kill the union organizer. When the time comes, he balks and the woman lives. But now he will have Duren after him for not completing his task.

FBI agent Hardy Beecher and freelance reporter Martin Wolfe team up with Casey to bring Duren down. The rest of the book tells how these three folk interact and keep running into each other.

Casey's Last Chance is a debut novel for author Joseph B. Atkins. It is obvious in the very beginning that Casey is not a sterling character but you will cheer for him, nevertheless. The final chapter was not what I expected. But I can see how it worked out and what was bound to happen. This is a good read that will take you back in time to a different America. It reminds us that we've come a long way, with still a long road ahead of us.

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