Boy's Life Author:Robert McCammon The year is 1964. On a cold spring morning before the sun, Cory Mackenson is accompanying his father on his milk delivery route. Without warning a car appears in the road before them and plunges over an embankment into a lake some say is bottomless. Cory's father makes a desperate attempt to save the driver, but instead comes face-to-face with a... more » vision that will haunt and torment him:a dead man hand-cuffed to the steering wheel, naked and savagely beaten, a copper wire knotted around his neck. The lake's depths claim the car and the corpse, but the murderer's work is unfinished as, from that moment, both Cory and his father begin searching for the truth.
The small town of Zephyr, Alabama, has been an idyllic home for Cory and his friends. But now, the murder of an unknown man who lies in the dark lake, his tortured soul crying out for justice, causes Cory's life to explode into a kaleidoscope of clues and deepening puzzles. His quest to understand the forces of good and evil at work in his hometown leads him into a maze of dangers and fascinations:the vicious Blaylock clan, who defend their nefarious backwoods trades with the barrels of their guns; a secret assembly of men united by racial hatred; a 106 year old black woman named the Lady who conjures snakes and hears the voices of the dead; a reptilian thing that swims in the belly of a river; and a bicycle with a golden eye.
As Cory searches for a killer, he learns more about the meaning of life and death. A single green feather leads him deeper into the mystery, and soon he realizes not only his life but the sanity of his father may hang in the balance.« less