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By Charles Willeford

Not anyone writes a greater crime novel than Charles Willeford Elmore Leonard THE BLACK MASS OF BROTHER SPRINGER tells the tale of Sam Springer, a drifter novelist who meets Jack Dover, the retiring Abbot of the Church of God's Flock. Dover's ultimate legit act is to ordain Springer and ship him off to function pastor of an all-Black church in Jacksonville, Florida. Springer quickly turns into entangled within the city's becoming civil rights circulate . . . and with the church deacon's earthy younger spouse, Merita. The Washington submit calls this darkly funny novel through Charles Willeford, one of many nice crime writers of the twentieth century, "his masterpiece." This new version is brought via James Sallis and includes Willeford's formerly unpublished play in keeping with the radical.

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I felt sorry for everyone. I loved everyone. How could I have felt otherwise? But there was no way to show my feelings, so I did not let myself betray them. How could I tell my next door neighbor, a trust officer at the Citizen's bank, that I felt sorry for him? When I saw him drive into his carport and dismount from his new car with a bulging briefcase under his arm, my heart flooded with pity for this poor fellow. His light would be on far into the night as he worked over papers from the bank.

In other words you don't know a damn thing about religious movements. Anyway, all churches have a rough row to hoe at first go round. Some of the earlier popes were worse bastards than I am, believe me, and I am only looking out for Number One. The provisions were all spelled out, and I followed them. Everything I've done is legal and by the book. " Abbott Dover rubbed perspiration off his bald head with a dish towel, carried the dirty breakfast dishes into the bathroom, placed them gently into the washbowl, and turned on the tap.

Many, however, get away. For the determined man, it is a relatively simple matter to disappear in the United States. The first step is to leave and go to another state, preferably a fairly large city in another state. The second step is to change the name, and then get the name certified as legally correct. The easiest way to do this is to register at any Social Security office and obtain a number to go with the new name. No questions are asked at the Social Security office and within a few days you will find yourself with a new Social Security card.

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