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Boy's Life Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 1992
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From Publishers Weekly
Both a mystery that will satisfy the most finicky aficionado and a boisterous travelogue through a stormy season in a 12-year-old's life, this novel follows a boy and his father as they seek a killer in 1964 Alabama.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
In 1964, 12-year-old Cory Mackenson lives with his parents in Zephyr, Alabama. It is a sleepy, comfortable town. Cory is helping with his father's milk route one morning when a car plunges into the lake before their eyes. His father dives in after the car and finds a dead man handcuffed to the steering wheel. Their world no longer seems so innocent: a vicious killer hides among apparently friendly neighbors. Other, equally unsettling transmogrifications occur: a friend's father becomes a shambling bully under the influence of moonshine, decent men metamorphose into Klan bigots, "responsible" adults flee when faced with danger for the first time. With the aid of unexpected allies, Cory faces hair-raising dangers as he seeks to find the secret of the dead man in the lake. McCammon writes an exciting adventure story. He also gives us an affecting tale of a young man growing out of childhood in a troubled place and time. Recommended. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 4/15/91; Literary Guild dual main selection.
- David Keymer, SUNY Inst. of Technology, Utica
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
We had a railroad track that went through our farm. This book took me back in time.
Right now my wife is reading it and has the same feeling as I had, just a great story teller.
Robert McCammon uses an abundance of words to tell his story, but unlike, say, Dean Koontz, you never feel overwhelmed or that you are just plodding through the dialogue.
The town of Zephyr in 1964 has many characters including an old Wild West hero (my most favorite character), a man who runs around in the nude, a few members of the KKK, a moon man, a creature named Moses who lives in the river, a very special lady, and many others who you will grow to love or dislike as you emmerse yourself in this great, big, wonderful book with a magical, mystical side as well as realistic slants.
Corey's father can't sleep at night due to a man he saw go down in a car in a lake. It's eating him alive because the lake is so deep that the man in the car, nor the car will ever be recovered. Being an inquisitive child, Corey wants to get to the bottom of how a man got to be in a car that plunges into a lake in the early morning. A found feather is the only clue he has to go by as he was with his father during a milk run when the accident occurred, but in the interim, plenty of things happen.
I thought this book was wonderful. I love horror films, Ray Bradbury, Vincent Price, Lon Chaney Jr., summertime and the South. When I was young my bike had a name and of course we had a dog as we do now (a couple actually). I may not have flown as high as Corey in the summertime, and I may be a girl but my imagination was very active. I can relate to this story and I am sure most will if you were born in the fifties or sixties, but not even that. I plan to give this to my 14 year old daughter and I hope she will enjoy it as much as I did. I am sure it will give her a taste other the vampire or teen angst novel she may be reading now, and we lived in the South for eight years when she was younger. I must say that the South has produced some fine writers for sure.
Take the plunge into this book. You will love it.
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