DEEP DARK RIVER by Robert Rylee
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An unusual novel, presenting the picture of the fight for justice for a negro in Mississippi, in the hands of a woman lawyer. Mose has incurred the hatred of an overseer, and kills the man sent to kill him. Racial pressure prevents Mary Winston from having the case settled out of court, the jury is ""fixed"", the witness intimidated, and Mose sentenced to life imprisonment. There he finds happiness, with his patch of earth and his preaching. It is fundamentally the picture of likable, humbly intelligent Mose, never hysterical, taking the downs of fortune in his stride, slowly coming to an understanding of his part. Nothing here of the ""quaintness"" or playfulness usually portrayed in negro stories, but rather their puzzlement, their unaffected dignity, the overtones of a decaying white race. It is worth putting some thought on sales possibilities. Many will like it.

Pub Date: June 26th, 1935
Publisher: Farrar & Rinehart