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On the Ides of March, our hero, Raleigh Whittier Hayes (forgetful husband, baffled father, prosperous insurance agent, and leading citizen of Thermopylae, North Carolina), learns that his father has discharged himself from the hospital, taken all his money out of the bank and, with a young black female mental patient, vanished in a yellow Cadillac convertible. Left behind is a mysterious list of seven outrageous tasks that Raleigh must perform in order to rescue his father and his inheritance.
And so Raleigh and fat Mingo Sheffield (his irrepressibly loyal friend) set off on an uproarious contemporary treasure hunt through a landscape of unforgettable characters, falling into adventures worthy of Tom Jones and Huck Finn. A moving parable of human love and redemption, Handling Sin is Michael Malone's comic masterpiece.
From Publishers Weekly
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Good new, bad news...
The story is quite good, and lots of hilarity ensues. Lots. But my goodness, you cut two hundred pages out of this book, and it wouldn't be so dang cumbersome. The man does go on. And on. I swear I read the same thing about family members in three different parts of the book.
I had to put this book down and actually force myself back to it again later, because it was just too much. I swear, one day in this guy's life took me one day to read.
And then there's this - if Daddy took off in a yellow Cadillac convertible, why is the cover of the book graced with a picture of a yellow Buick hardtop?