Playing cops was just a game until the bullets were real. The gravy train hasn’t stopped in the hollers of western Virginia for more than thirty years when Stony Shelor starts his junior year at Jubal Early High. Class divides and racism are still the hardened norms as the Eisenhower years draw to a close. Violence lies coiled under the calm surface, ready to strike at any time.
"Equipped with the grace of a fencer and the attentiveness of a journalist, A.D. Hopkins drops us into the world of teenager Stony Shelor, a blossoming humanist, would-be-detective, and hopeful gallant. Read it for the pleasure of this boy’s ideas, for the perfectly pitched turn-of-phrase, for the reminder that in every community, there are those fighting for the right and the true."—Laura McBride, author of We Are Called to Rise and In the Midnight Room.
"It’s a coming of age during a time when racial tensions were on the rise, when the Ku Klux Klan were hidden sometimes in your own family and two boys playing at being grown men, thrilled by the power of police work sometimes learn that the difference between right and wrong, good and bad is thin. It's like reading a memoir, a genuine picture of the times "—Lolly K Dandeneau, bookstalkerblog
"'A novel filled with heart and grace and a surging sense of wonder, while also lined with brutality and violence. A rare combination, for sure, but A.D. Hopkins is a rare writer."—Tod Goldberg, author of Gangsterland and Gangster Nation.
“For nearly half a century, A.D. Hopkins entertained readers from Virginia to Vegas with an endless stream of award-winning newspaper features. Now he’s made the jump to fiction with the heart-warming and harrowing coming-of-age novel...Hopkins’ adventure story is filled with an authenticity of heart, a charming sense of humor, and important lessons in courage and friendship.”-- John L. Smith, author of Running Scared: The Life and Treacherous Times of Las Vegas Casino King Steve Wynn and The Westside Slugger: Joe Neal’s Lifelong Fight for Social JusticeRead more...