The Last Man by Thomas Goodman EPUB & PDF – eBook Details Online
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- Author: Thomas Goodman
- Language: English
- Genre: Heist Crime
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CISCO, TEXAS, 1927
Louis Davis hefted the borrowed pistol again. The weight still surprised
him. The steel barrel and cylinder were cold in the December
morning, but the longer he held the wood-trimmed grip, the more it
warmed in his palm. It felt alive. He felt alive.
He knew the two men in the front seat of the sedan didn’t want him in
the heist. They had never said it, but he knew. They wanted someone like
them. Hard. Experienced in this kind of thing. Louis didn’t qualify. Back in
Wichita Falls, he had a factory job and a wife and three small children.
What he didn’t have was money. Or excitement. The man next to Louis in
the back seat had persuaded the others to bring him along.
Louis swayed left and right with the motion of the car, synchronous
with the rocking movements of the other three. He would prove that they
had made a good decision to include him. He raised the gun in front of him,
imagining what it would be like to point the weapon at someone. The
factory worker pretended to fire it, and he mimed the pistol kicking back on
Henry Helms sat beside Louis, amused at the simulated pistol fire. His
brother-in-law could use a little adventure in his life. He had loaned Louis
one of his own handguns for the job, and all the man would need to do with
the weapon was look threatening. Like Louis, Henry had a wife and kids
back in Wichita Falls. For their sake, he had tried to find work after his
release from Huntsville on an armed robbery charge. No one would hire
him, but he had been unable to muster the enthusiasm to show up for some
square john job, anyway. Nothing had stirred his blood until he heard the
plans for this heist, and as the car reached the outskirts of Cisco, his senses
began that familiar sharpening.
Behind the wheel, Bobby Hill slowed the sedan as he passed the city limits
sign, and he began the downshift.
Find the gear. Release the clutch. Feel the teeth engage.
He smiled at the smooth execution. The Buick Bobby drove was a
beauty. It was painted the midnight blue of a deep lake, and the enclosed
cabin and the suspension it rode on were luxurious. The owner was a
Wichita Falls oilman who liked to keep it parked in front of his house for
everyone to see. Even without moonlight, Bobby had no trouble finding the
key under the floor mat. The Master Six beneath the hood wasn’t the fastest
engine ever built, but it was plenty powerful to outrun most cars if it came
to a chase.
Bobby was nineteen, unmarried, and if there was one thing he had
learned in his brief life, it was that cars were easier to figure out than
people. Especially the people in the back seat. He didn’t like Louis for this
job—too green. And he didn’t like Henry for anything—too self-interested.
But the man who sat beside him had decided on them all, and he had never
let Bobby down since they’d met in Huntsville. So, here he was.
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