1965 Constable Cody Parker’s frightening dreams of gathering
storm clouds for the tight-knit Parker family from Center Springs, Texas, proved
accurate. Cody is ambushed and nearly killed on a lonely country road during an
unusually heavy snowfall. With that attack, the locals fear that a disturbed
murderer “the Skinner” has returned to their community.
his nephew recovers, Constable Ned Parker struggles to connect a seemingly
unrelated series of murders. As the summer of 1966 approaches, rock and roll
evolves to reflect the increasing unrest in the country, and the people of
northeast Texas wonder why their once peaceful community has suddenly become a
dangerous place to live. Ned’s preteen grandchildren, Top and Pepper, are
underfoot at every turn. The two lawmen, along with the Deputy John Washington,
cross paths with many colorful citizens, including cranky old Judge O. C.
Rains, the jittery farmer Isaac Reader, and the Wilson boys, Ty Cobb and Jimmy
Foxx. And then there’s the arrival in their small community of a mysterious old
man named Tom Bell.
recovered, Cody decides to follow his main suspect across the Rio Grande and
into Mexico. Ned understands that to save his nephew, he will have to cross
more than a river—he will have to cross over to the right side of wrong.
suspense, horror, precognition, and life in the tumultuous 1960s all play a
part in the solving of this mystery.
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