SONS OF DARKNESS, SONS OF LIGHT by John A. Williams

SONS OF DARKNESS, SONS OF LIGHT

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In a coordinated ecumenical burst, a Ph.D. black brother in the movement, an aging Mafia Don, an Israeli Irgun-activist, wipe out a New York City cop and a Southern redneck assassin and bring on a long hot Labor Day. When a Negro boy is killed by policeman Carrigan, Browning, a college fund raiser for an established Civil Rights organization in Harlem, opts for an eye-for-an-eye message to Whitey. Pulling off the deed with professional dispatch is middle-aged Hod, a former Israeli, who knows how terrorist tactics worked for a minority; and making the contacts are a family group of Mafiamen, led by a sympathetic Don Mantini who once had wanted to marry a Negro girl. Hod also travels South to gun down a bigot who had dynamited a college, killing three Negro girls. However Hod becomes merely an accomplice when a brother of one of the victims also shows. Betimes, back in New York and other large cities, blacks and plainclothes cops are fighting it out while bridges and tunnels are destroyed according to plan. Browning, a loving family man, straightens out some domestic troubles in the temporary peace of Long Island, accepts his daughter's nice white boyfriend, and regards sadly what he has brought about. The blacks punctuate with ""baby""; the Mafia are courtly and loving; the Israeli is built like a desert tank--and isn't it a loverly war. Melting pot Armageddon.

Pub Date: June 30th, 1969
ISBN: 1555533965
Publisher: Little, Brown