Sunday, October 1, 2017
Do Not Pass Go, by James Blakey
I admit it. I am a sucker for this sort of thing. Your mileage may vary.
The narrator has just arrived in a town and quickly discovers that the cops are corrupt, the wealthy run things to suit themselves, and the employers rip off the workers.
Yeah. Thousands of crime stories start like this. What makes this one stand out?
Well, he gets a job at the Water Works where people get paid in brightly colored scrip. He doesn't earn enough to rent one of the identical houses on New York or Kentucky Avenues. He almost gets sent to jail for not paying the poor tax. There's a casino on Boardwalk and gambling everywhere in town. Everybody loves to roll those dice...
And the Parker Brothers run everything. It's like they've got a - What's that word again?