Canaan's Tongue

Canaan's Tongue

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Eight survivors of the notorious Island Thirty Seven Gang, a group of outlaws hunted by both the Union and Confederacy for dealing in stolen slaves, await their fate at the hands of their leader, or the Pinkerton detectives pursuing them.

Blackwell North Amer
Geburah Plantation, 1863: in a crumbling estate on the banks of the Mississippi, eight survivors of the notorious Island 37 Gang wait for the war, or the Pinkerton Detective Agency, to claim them. Their leader, a bizarre charismatic known only as "the Redeemer," had already been brought to justice, and each day brings the battling armies closer. The hatred these men feel for one another is surpassed only by their fear of their many pursuers. Into this hell comes a mysterious force, an "avenging angel" that compels them, one by one, to a reckoning of their many sins.
Canaan's Tongue is rooted in the criminal world of John Murrell, as infamous in his day as Jesse James or Al Capone. It tells the story of his reluctant protege, Virgil Ball, who derives riches, sexual privilege, and power from the commerce in stolen slaves, known only as "the Trade" - and discovers, when he finally decides to free himself from the Redeemer's yoke, that the force he is challenging is far more formidable than he imagined. It is as old as the river, as vast as the country itself, and it is with us to this day.

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On the banks of the Mississippi, at Geburah Plantation in 1861, eight survivors of the notorious Island 37 Gang, a group of outlaws hunted by both the Union and Confederacy for dealing in stolen slaves, awaits their fate at the hands of mysterious and charismatic leader, the Redeemer, or the Pinkerton detectives pursuing them. 30,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400040865
1400040868
Characteristics: 341 p. : ill. ; 25 cm

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