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The Baptism of Billy Bean

by Roger Alan Skipper

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  • Published in USA  Feb 2009
    384 pages
    Genre: Mysteries

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Lane Hollar’s seen little of the world beyond West Virginia—Parris Island and Vietnam—but that was enough. Now, thirty years later, he’s estranged from his only son, Frank, and from society at large. Lane has his grandson, Toby; his daughter-in-law, Darlene; his bait shop; and his banjo, and he desires or needs nothing else.

But then one day, he and Toby are out fishing when they witness a drug-related murder. Suddenly, the boundaries of his world are no longer his to define. An investigation rules the drowning accidental but reveals the witnesses to the perpetrators, and without preamble, Lane is fighting for his life. Caught between inept—or corrupt—lawmen and a stone-cold killer, Lane finds that his long-neglected survival skills are, like Lane himself, obsolete and ludicrous in a world gone mad.

In a rolling war through Appalachia’s forests and towns, Lane must fight not only for his life, but for all the things that it has lacked: love, family, and peace.

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"Starred Review. Pitch-perfect dialogue, a skillfully drawn supporting cast and a memorable portrait of the changing face of Appalachia enhance this impressive character study." - Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week.

"There is a delightful sense of country noir and world-weariness here that hard-boiled crime fans will savor." - Booklist.

"Set in Appalachia, where the author is originally from (he also fought in Vietnam), the book suffers from character stereotypes that impede the storytelling." - Library Journal.

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This is Skipper's second novel following Tear Down the Mountain.

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