Standing at the Scratch Line

Standing at the Scratch Line

Book - 1998
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Forced to leave his Louisiana home after killing two white deputies during a raid on a rival's smuggling operation, Le Roi Boudreaux Tremain joins the army, where he becomes King Tremain, an angel of vengeance who kills based on his own code of honor, love, and loyalty

Blackwell North Amer
The story opens in 1916 in the steamy bayous of Louisiana. Young LeRoi "King" Tremain and his uncle Jake attempt a raid on a rival family's compound. In doing so, Jake dies, but not before LeRoi kills two corrupt white deputies. Forced by his family to leave everything he knows until the heat dies down, LeRoi embarks on a vivid adventure that first takes him to France during World War I, where he finds it is just as easy to kill vicious, bigoted U.S. soldiers as it is to kill Germans. Dubbed "le Roi du Mort" - the king of death - by the French because of his coldhearted, machinistic killing on the battlefield, King returns to America an ambitious man. Driven to create a family dynasty much like the one he was forced to leave, he battles the Mob in Jazz Age Harlem, fights the Ku Klux Klan in Louisiana, and outwits crooked politicians trying to control a black township in Oklahoma. Those who cross him are left bloodied, bruised, or dead.
Along the way, he marries Serena Baddeaux, a woman strong enough to stand by King's side, and who matches his determination, courage, and grit. Though more concerned with skin color and social standing than with the truth, she nonetheless knows no boundaries when it comes to protecting her family.

Baker
& Taylor

Forced to leave his Louisiana home after killing two white deputies during a raid on a rival's smuggling operation, Le Roi Boudreaux Tremain joins the army, where he becomes King Tremain, an angel of vengeance who kills based on his own code of honor, love, and loyalty. A first novel. 50,000 first printing. Tour.

Publisher: New York : Random House, 1998
ISBN: 9780375501586
0375501584
Characteristics: 548 p.

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nutty7688 Aug 30, 2012

A very good read. Taken place in the late 1800s about a young man who was an avenger of justice.

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pomeroycamille
Jul 16, 2012

Johnson's ability to write an adventure and create a hero with which people across social ethnic groups can relate. I did find it interesting that his female protagonist was an "Eve" character whose unforgiving flaws were the ultimate demise of men. The promotion of violence as a necessary and masculine devise for success in the world was also noteworthy.

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