Cuba Libre by Elmore Leonard

By Elmore Leonard

Diamond Dagger for Lifetime fulfillment Award from the Crime Writers’ Association
Grand grasp Award from the secret Writers of America

War in Cuba isn't Ben Tyler's obstacle. nonetheless, crusing mares and weapons into Havana harbor in 1898--right previous the submerged wreckage of the U.S. battleship Maine--may no longer be the neatest factor the lately prison-sprung horse wrangler ever did. nor is taking pictures one of many neighborhood Guardia, although the pompous peacock deserved it. Now Tyler's sitting tight in a vermin-infested Cuban stockade ready to stand a firing squad. yet he's no longer loss of life until eventually he will get the money he's owed from a two-timing American sugar baron. And there's one clever, pistol-hot girl on the wealthy man's aspect who may perhaps support Ben get every little thing he's obtained rightfully coming...even while the complete rattling island's going directly to hell.

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Nunca a mais suave das eutanásias poderá vir a ser tão fácil e tão doce. O mais interessante da nova situação criada é que ajustiça do país em que não se morre se encontra desprovida de fundamentos para actuar judicialmente contra os enterradores, supondo que o quisesse de facto, e não só por se encontrar condicionada pelo acordo de cavalheiros que o governo teve de armar com a máphia. Não os pode acusar de homicídio porque, tecnicamente falando, homicídio não há em realidade, e porque o censurável acto, classifique-o melhor quem disso for capaz, se comete em países estrangeiros, nem tão-pouco os pode incriminar por haver enterrado mortos, uma vez que o destino deles é esse mesmo, e já é para agradecer que alguém tenha decidido encarregar-se de um trabalho a todos os títulos penoso, tanto do ponto de vista físico como do ponto de vista anímico.

Em geral a tia solteira não fala de uma maneira tão preciosa, tão rebuscada, mas se o fez agora foi para não rebentar em lágrimas, que assim sucederia se tivesse pronunciado o nome do menino que não tinha feito mal nenhum ao mundo e as palavras meu irmão. Respondeu-lhe o pai dos outros três meninos, Dizemos o que se passou e esperamos as conseqUências, pela certa seremos acusados de fazer enterros clandestinos, fora do cemitério e sem conhecimento das autoridades, e ainda por cima noutro país, Oxalá não comecem nenhuma guerra por causa disto, disse a tia.

A mãe do menino deixou cair a enxada e a pá e, suavemente, deitou o filho no chão. Depois, as duas irmãs, com mil cautelas para que não resvalasse, receberam o corpO do pai e, sem esperarem a ajuda do homem que já descia da mula, foram colocá-lo ao lado do neto. A mãe do menino soluçava, repetia monotonamente, Meu filho, meu pai, e a irmã veio e abraçou-se a ela, chorando também e dizendo, Foi melhor assim, foi melhor assim, avida destes infelizes já não eravida. Ajoelharam-se ambas no chão a prantear os mortos que tinham vindo a enganar a morte.

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