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The Boogie Trapp

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Something happened to two boys over sixty years ago. The backwoods of Alabama in the 1940s set the stage for this edge of your seat thriller.

Boogie and Trapper are best friends, known about town for their wild, annoying, obnoxious, and hysterically funny antics. Roaming the woods, swimming in the creek, playing Double Dare, smoking, cussing, drinking beer, and always trying to outdo each other.

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Something happened to two boys over sixty years ago. The backwoods of Alabama in the 1940s set the stage for this edge of your seat thriller.

Boogie and Trapper are best friends, known about town for their wild, annoying, obnoxious, and hysterically funny antics. Roaming the woods, swimming in the creek, playing Double Dare, smoking, cussing, drinking beer, and always trying to outdo each other.

These two thirteen-year-old boys growing up in this time period have freedoms that would be considered absolutely crazy by today's standards. Riding their bikes on a drizzly April day, goofing off and having fun for hours, looking forward to the boy/girl party they are excitedly anticipating later today, rumors of kissing games and more make them silly and giddy. Then the day goes terribly wrong.

They have found themselves in a desperate "no way out" situation. They are thrown into a horrific event that moves faster than a speeding bullet, a wild, white knuckled roller coaster ride, RUN Boogie, RUN, RUN................

A suspenseful, scary thriller, tragically horrific, it is a story that must be told, a promise that must be kept. Their lives will be changed forever - can they get away, and will they ever live to tell the tale?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781614931126
  • Publisher: The Peppertree Press
  • Publication date: 10/31/2012
  • Pages: 358
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.94 (d)

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  • Posted February 5, 2013

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    Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite Seventy-somethin

    Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite

    Seventy-something author Kerry Smith has written "The Boogie Trapp" after the death of his childhood friend, Charles Trapp, as he promised that he would. Kerry and Charles, known in childhood as Boogie and Trapp, grow up in Black Creek, a coal-mining town in Jefferson County, Alabama. The town is called Black Creek as the small stream that runs nearby is a catchall for the coal washing runoff. The townspeople live in plain homes, which "Boogie"'s father called "slab houses." The superintendent of the mines and his general managers had better homes but that was just the way it was living back then. Boogie and Trapp are just boys growing up, doing their "boys will be boys" things around town and under the watchful eye of local Sheriff Britt. Then one day the boys are enticed by Bill Brady who is called "Donkey Bill" by locals as everyone knew he was queer. Bill tells the boys that he needs help getting a truck out of the mud near Big Rock swimming hole. But what Bill has in mind is sexually molesting Boogie and Trapp accompanied by a wealthy, unnamed man who is on his way to join them. How Boogie and Trapp get away after horrific hours with Bill is the theme of this book which the author promised his friend Charles Trapp that he would write after he died.

    "The Boogie Trapp" by Kerry Copeland Smith is a riveting story, told in the vernacular of the deep South, that many will want to read in this day of Jerry Sandusky and what he got away with as he molested boys for years. Boogie and Trapp are believable characters, boys doing what boys always do, and their capture by Bill Brady is well told. The author captures every moment that the boys spent with "Donkey Bill" as they gradually became aware of what it was really all about. As time goes on, more stories like "The Boogie Trap" will emerge as people learn that there is nothing new under the sun and sexual molestation has been around for a long, long time.

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  • Posted December 29, 2012

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    A beautiful ode to the innocence of youth

    Kerry Copeland Smith (Boogie) delivers an hysterically funny (and tragically horrific) tale through the trials and tribulations of two unique boys in his debut novel, The Boogie Trapp. In May of 2008; a typical Florida day begins for Smith—now in his 70’s. On one of his routine errands, on his way back to his car, a big black cat crosses his path. He’s wearing a velvety red collar and while it’s not so much the color of the collar that grabs Smith; it’s the loop hanging down from the collar—a loop that looks a lot like a noose, that gives him cause to pause for a moment. Smith follows the cat around the corner for closer inspection, only to be duped because it’s nowhere to be found. Whatever; he still needs to get some gas. Later on, while at the pump, Smith notices a red corvette that seems to have appeared from out of nowhere... That was on Friday, May 2nd. On Saturday, May 17th, when Smith gets a letter in the mail, he already knew it was from Jean—Charles Edward Trapp’s (Trapper) sister. He knew what was coming. It was time for him to make good on a promise made nearly 60 years ago between him and his best friend, Trapper. In order to give that promise the just recognition it deserved, Smith would have to take the reader back to post-World War II. The place was an insignificant east/west ridge nestled on the Cumberland Plateau about twenty miles north of Birmingham, Alabama; an area with plenty of coal, iron ore, dolomite and limestone. He wasn’t ‘Kerry Smith’ back then. He was Boogie and his partner in crime was Trapper. As their story begins, what started out as a typical Saturday morning in early April of 1949, ends up as a day far from typical in every aspect of the definition assigned to typical. The outcome was a secret that needed protecting in the many years ahead of it. Mr. Smith deserves a multitude of praise for writing The Boogie Trapp. The sheer notion he did so to honor a blood brother promise made between him and his dearly departed Trapper, speaks volumes toward what a man of great substance entails. Setting aside character and focusing on his literary abilities, however, I cannot wait until Smith delivers his next novel. His command of the English language boiled down onto page upon page of genuine and relatable dialogue that is a gift that is harbored by only those who truly have the precious ability to tell the epic story that was delivered on the pages of The Boogie Trap. There is never a moment throughout the entire book where the reader is plagued with the mundane drag of too much information and not enough action. Rather, the reader is in a constant frenzy of devouring each page to get to the next and doing so with absolute joy—a recipe Smith also followed to perfection. I found myself laughing out loud often. The one sadness I have experienced since finishing this novel, however, is the reality that Boogie and Trapper cannot live forever. I am grateful to Smith to have left the indelible legacy of those two boys in my heart and soul. I will think of them often in the days to come. As for Mr. Smith, I hope and pray he is working on his next novel. Quill Says: This book is a beautiful ode to the innocence of youth and the precious memories of a friendship as well as the honor in delivering a promise made.

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