By Grant Jerkins
From the significantly acclaimed writer of A extremely simple Crime, a chilling tale of a tender boy coming to grips with real evil.
A crimson dust highway on a sweltering day. A automobile loses regulate, flips throughout the air. a lady crawls out, bloody and battered, staggers towards the boy at the motorbike, the single she swerved to prevent. yet he runs away...
Kyle is ten in the summertime of 1976, and his international is all approximately secrets-secrets hidden within the maze of cornfields, in caves, within the embers of scorched earth, at the back of creaking doorways and down basement stairs...and within the darkest of hearts.
But there is a policewoman on the entrance door. The Paralyzed guy watches him from a neighboring porch. And irrespective of which manner Kyle turns, no position turns out secure anymore...
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It was a good ways out. First through the cornfield that abutted their driveway, then under the tangled barbed wire fence that enclosed the cow pasture. They headed for a shade tree oasis on the far side of the pasture. Kyle noted that both Jason and Wade would steal quick glances over their shoulders, as though they thought they were being followed. Then he realized that they were just watching out for Buddy the bull. Buddy was a massive Holstein, old and grizzled with yellowed horns, and known far and wide for his ill temper.
Even in his limited understanding of the world, he could see that the coming collision was neither avoidable nor survivable. The car was going to hit him—that seemed a given. And it would kill him. Another given. At ten years old, he understood that tons of hurtling metal versus a boy on a bicycle equaled death. He watched, as though a bystander, the scene of his own demise. The last thing he saw before he hit the dirt was the woman behind the wheel of the powder blue Chevelle Super Sport, her face dumb, not yet comprehending.
They laughed together, Kyle almost hysterical, with Wonder Woman pinned between them. After that, Grace was his Wonder Woman. She was his best friend. It was going to be him and her. They would have their own coteries. Their own adventures. Their own secrets. They watched Buddy trample his way toward them, unable to alter his homicidal charge, and for a moment Grace and Kyle thought it had all been pyrrhic effort, as Buddy was surely going to come right through the fence and trample them both. But he was able to divert himself before hitting the fence with full force; in his turn he brushed the fence, causing it to bow out under his weight.