By Walter Mosley
New York Times bestselling writer Walter Mosley introduces an "astonishing character" (Los Angeles occasions booklet Review) during this acclaimed number of entwined stories. Meet Socrates Fortlow, a tricky ex-con looking fact and redemption in South principal l. a. -- and discovering the miracle of survival.
"I both devoted a criminal offense or had against the law performed to me on a daily basis i used to be in penal complex. when you visit legal you belong there." Socrates Fortlow has performed his time: twenty-seven years for homicide and rape, acts cast by way of his large, rock-breaking arms. Now, he has come domestic to a brand new form of legal: battered rooms in an deserted development in Watts. operating for the Bounty grocery store, and relocating perilously just about invisibility, it really is Socrates who throws a lifeline to a drowning guy: younger Darryl, whose shaky direction is already bloodstained and fearsome. In a spot of violence and hopelessness, Socrates bargains up his personal battle-scarred knowledge that may flip the realm round.
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He looked at Murdock in surprise, his silent cry of terror shown in his tortured expression through his face mask. He dropped his fighting knife, his arms floating uselessly, his body collapsing. Murdock jerked his K-Bar free of the man and let him drift down and away from them with the slight current. Murdock pointed to Holt, who caught the trailing buddy line and retied it to his skipper. The lieutenant took out his MUGR (Miniature Underwater GPS Receiver). It was no larger than two packs of cigarettes and totally waterproof.
Could I look at it? Murdock nodded at Doc. The medic took out the eight-inch blade with two sides and the point honed to perfection, and handed it to the agent. Hang examined it a moment, touched the sharpness of it. Suddenly he turned the point toward his chest, gripped the heavy handle with both hands, and before either of the SEALS could prevent it, Hang drove the killing knife into his heart. His head nodded once as the blade went in. Then his eyes rolled back showing only the whites and his hands fell away from the blade.
He remembered the briefing. The beach here was about twenty meters wide at high tide when they arrived, and was covered with medium-sized stones and pebbles. No sand. Rendezvous time. Murdock treaded water and watched the sea around him. Two men popped up twenty meters away, then two more on the other side. He needed ten more men. Three teams came up almost at the same time, then the fourth. All were within thirty meters of him. He was still one team short. Concern shadowed his face. There was always the possibility of a team getting lost or taken out by some enemy on a mission like this.