In1965 Constable Cody Parker’s frightening dreams of gatheringstorm clouds for the tight-knit Parker family from Center Springs, Texas, provedaccurate. Cody is ambushed and nearly killed on a lonely country road during anunusually heavy snowfall. With that attack, the locals fear that a disturbedmurderer “the Skinner” has returned to their community.
Whilehis nephew recovers, Constable Ned Parker struggles to connect a seeminglyunrelated series of murders. As the summer of 1966 approaches, rock and rollevolves to reflect the increasing unrest in the country, and the people ofnortheast Texas wonder why their once peaceful community has suddenly become adangerous place to live. Ned’s preteen grandchildren, Top and Pepper, areunderfoot at every turn. The two lawmen, along with the Deputy John Washington,cross paths with many colorful citizens, including cranky old Judge O. C.Rains, the jittery farmer Isaac Reader, and the Wilson boys, Ty Cobb and JimmyFoxx. And then there’s the arrival in their small community of a mysterious oldman named Tom Bell.
Nowrecovered, Cody decides to follow his main suspect across the Rio Grande andinto Mexico. Ned understands that to save his nephew, he will have to crossmore than a river—he will have to cross over to the right side of wrong.
Humor,suspense, horror, precognition, and life in the tumultuous 1960s all play apart in the solving of this mystery.