At the End of the RoadPaperback - 2011
A red dirt road on a sweltering day. A car loses control, flips through the air. A woman crawls out, bloody and battered, staggers toward the boy on the bike, the one she swerved to avoid. But he runs away...
Kyle is ten in the summer of 1976, and his world is all about secrets-secrets hidden in the maze of cornfields, in caves, in the embers of scorched earth, behind creaking doors and down basement stairs...and in the darkest of hearts.
But there's a policewoman at the front door. The Paralyzed Man watches him from a neighboring porch. And no matter which way Kyle turns, no place seems safe anymore...
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LATER THAT YEAR, THE COUNTRY-ROCK group Eagles would release the album Hotel California. From the end of 1976 and on into 1977, the eponymous single seemed to receive near constant airplay—unusual for a song of desolation and lost hope. It seemed to define whatever it was that America was feeling as it turned two hundred and then looked forward. And every time Kyle Edwards heard that song, he would think back to this night. He would listen to it, waiting for the lyrics to catch up with the tight knot he felt in the center of his stomach. Waiting for the part where the doomed guests brought out their steely knives to stab it. And knowing that they could never kill the beast.
And it struck Kyle that God was like Mercurochrome, in that He could burn you and hurt you like you’d never been hurt before. But it was for your own good. God’s burning stained you and cleaned you out so that you wouldn’t be infected by the evil you had wallowed in. But if you kept your soul clean and didn’t scrape it and tear it with every bad thing you did, then the Mercurochrome—God’s presence—still left its mark on you, but it didn’t hurt. It cooled you and felt good.
Wonder Woman seemed to be everywhere that year. Along with Angie Dickinson as Sergeant “Pepper” Anderson and Lindsay Wagner as the Bionic Woman, powerful women were taking over television ...
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