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Monday, November 30, 2009

Savage Wisdom - German


A Savage Wisdom.  By Norman German.  Thibodaux, LA:  Thunder Rain Publishing Corp., 2009, second prtg.  265 pages, paperback, ISBN 978-0-9654569-6-8, $14.00  http://www.asavagewisdom.com
The interview from Hel:
 

Professor Norman German of Southeastern Louisiana University edits fiction for the journal Louisiana Literature and has won the Deep South Writers' Contest for No Other World.

 

How could a young, sweet, Shreveport girl in the Depression become homeless, a cocaine addict, a prostitute, a mother, and finally a cold-blooded killer on Valentine's Day 1940? 

There is a co-dependent relationship between Texas and Louisiana, and German's novelization of the life, crimes, and legends of Toni Jo Henry (born: Annie Beatrice McQuiston), the only woman executed in Louisiana's electric chair, is on the Bookshelf because the man she murdered was a Texan.  Well, there's another connection, Toni Jo (her prostitute name) fell in love and married in 1939 Claude "Cowboy" Henry who had already murdered a guy in San Antonio.  He was subsequently captured and imprisoned in Texas, and Toni Jo wanted to get him out.  She might have robbed an Arkansas bank to get "Cowboy" out, except in the process she murdered Houston tire salesman Joseph Calloway on Valentine's Day.  She had been picked up as a hitchhiker outside Orange, but she murdered him in Lake Charles, hence a Louisiana murder.  She's hunted and captured and tried and executed in 1942.

If you care to hold hands, for a small price, with a love-starved, addict-prostitute during her murder trial, you'll be rewarded by German's coverage.  It's stark and rich in that New Orleans decadent detail style that Texans like to mention as a party gets a little rowdy.

8 comments:

Stephanie Barko said...

Terrific, Will. Thanks for weighing in on Norman's book.
Visit the author at
http://www.asavagewisdom.com.

-Stephanie Barko, Literary Publicist

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