A small-time hood tries to escape the family business in this powerful story of crime and drug abuse in rural America. The town of Sewardville, Kentucky, teeters on the edge of a violent abyss, overrun with methamphetamine and prescription drug abuse. The Slone family controls everything. Patriarch Walt Slone is the town's mayor and head of one of the largest crime syndicates in the eastern United States. His son metes out justice from behind his sheriff's badge, while his daughter handles all the numbers for the family business. Business for the Slones is good, too - at least until Walt orders his son-in-law, Boone, to kill his own brother. That becomes the first link in a chain of events that threatens not just the livelihood of all involved, but their lives as well. While the Slones move to strengthen their empire, Boone moves to break free and take his little daughter with him. Will he escape from one of America's most heartbroken regions, or will his dark past bury him forever in the place they call Sewerville?
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I liked and enjoyed this book - you don't read many about "Southern gangsters"! It seems to leave open the door to a next book, I'm looking forward to that. Good narrator
- B Alexo