In October of 1967, the Summer of Love is history, rock and
roll is dark and revolutionary, and people in the small east Texas community of
Center Springs simply want to live their lives as quietly as possible. But a
handsome darkness in the form of Las Vegas gangster Anthony Agrioli has left
the business to hide out in their tiny backwater settlement with his blond
Two years earlier, Agrioli met newlyweds Cody and Norma Faye
Parker in a Vegas casino and heard their enthusiastic descriptions of the
perfect place to settle down and raise a family. At least it was perfect, before their peaceful world
found itself in the crosshairs of a coming confrontation.
Back in Center Springs, thirteen-year-old Top Parker has what
his grandmother, Miss Becky, calls a poisoned gift: his dreams, though random
and disconnected, always seem to come true. This time Top dreams he’s a wagon
hub with spokes converging from all directions. To him, the spokes symbolize
that something is coming. He doesn’t know their quiet community will soon be a
combat zone when the gangsters arrive. But they’re after something else, not
Agrioli … yet.
A sheriff crooked as a dog’s hind leg, an unsolved murder in
the river bottoms, counterfeit money, and a bank robbery all wrapped in a
country Shakespearean comedy once again bring together Constables Ned and Cody Parker, Deputy John Washington, Judge O. C. Rains, and the rest
of Wortham’s real and sometimes wacky cast of characters. Download and start listening now!