New York: Hyperion, 1997. First edition. Hardcover. [SIGNED] 288pp. Octavo. [23cm]. 1/4 dark blue cloth over dark blue boards. Title stamped in silver gilt on spine. Illustrated dust jacket. Signed by author in blue ink on title page. As new / As New. Item #61631
From the author's website: Lucas Smothers, nineteen and from the wrong end of town, has been arrested for the rape and murder of a local girl. His lawyer, former Texas Ranger Billy Bob Holland, is convinced of Lucas’s innocence—but proving it won’t be easy amid the deceit and corruption that spreads like wildfire in a gossipy small town where everybody knows everybody else’s business. That includes the poorly kept secret that Billy Bob isn’t just Lucas’s lawyer but, as the result of an extramarital affair, the boy’s father. As Billy Bob seeks to clear his son’s name, he attracts enemies far more dangerous than any he ever faced as a Ranger.