I just finished writing the sequel to Robicheaux. Its title is Ball and Chain. I chose this particular song title from the ballad sung by both Big Mama Thornton and Janice Joplin because of its secondary meaning, namely obsession.
I wondered if any of you had heard the song before and what your feelings are about it. In the new book the obsession has to do with light and shadow in the work of John Ford. In the story I made great use of his 1946 film My Darling Clementine. I saw it when I was a child and have been haunted by it ever since. If you have seen it, perhaps you’d like to share your feelings about it.