B. Traven’s novel The White Rose is the account of a the attempt by an American oil company to take over a ranch in Mexico. When he learned from his Mexican lawyer that honest means failed, the oil company president, Collins, decided on a change of tactics:
When Mr. Collins read the letter, he commented to the executive vice-president: “This Perez is one of the best lawyers we could have down there. He is first-rate with the administration and the governors we have to deal with. A clever fellow. A diplomat. But he’s no good at certain matters. We’ll do better to retain a shyster who knows how to turn the screws tight. We’ll think about it.”
The biggest surprise in the book is a major scene involving Collins and John D. Rockefeller. I did not expect to see him in one of Traven’s books.