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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. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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.
This is simply a great book written by a great storyteller. You don't feel like you you are reading it, you feel like you are listening and being drawn in. Highly recommended.Published 2 months ago by Keena Friedrichsmeier
After reading this, I've decided that Robert McCammon deserves a spot on my shortlist of favorite authors. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Rose
The innocence of a boys life in a small town with the underlining hatred that was Alabama in the 60's. Sprinkle on a wee bit of magic and you have one absolutely amazing book. Read morePublished on Nov. 19 2013 by David Redding
Robert McCammon has a great ability to draw you right into the story. The characters are interesting and believable. I love his writing style. Read morePublished on Sept. 20 2013 by M&E's_Nanny
McCammon has such a range of storylines and characters. Great characterization of being a kid and how challenging such a simple time in our life can feel. Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2013 by mcrevenue
I simply love this book. After I read if the first time, I lent it to every single reader I knew. When it got back to me, I had to buy a second copy because it was falling apart! Read morePublished on May 24 2011 by P. Carriere
I first read "Boy's Life" when it was first published over 10 years ago. I was still a young'un in college and could really relate to Cory's tale of childhood chills... Read morePublished on June 14 2004 by David Girod
I was born in 1969 and grew up in Brooklyn, so Cory's little town and historical events were not part of my world, but his childhood adventures and fears sure were. Read morePublished on June 5 2004 by Mr. George Kaplan