In the early 70s, the past sins of one man led to the punishment of an entire town, bringing murder, passion, unrequited love, and a connection to the strangest chain of events imaginable.
Atascadero, (Spanish for Deep Mud) in the early 70s boasts a drive-in theater and a Burger Queen where teens gather on Saturday nights. Lovers head up to Lake Success, and gas is $0.32 a gallon at the Shell station—the one with the 'S' knocked out by vandals. Nothing ever happens in Deep Mud, until someone straps Mayor Suggs to a skyrocket during the Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza, and he explodes all over the townsfolk.
Soon after, a popular family physician resurrects his dead wife, daughter, and several others with mixed results. A failed high school baseball pitcher is gifted with a 95 MPH fastball by the spirit of a murdered child, someone has freed the animals from Chaffey Zoo—including a Bengal tiger—and a stalker is going around in a 'Tricky Dicky' mask attacking people with a pair of pliers.
Only Ricardo Meneses, teenage son of Mexican immigrants, can save Deep Mud. He possesses the 'cursed jewel,' which he must return to the grave.
EVOLVED PUBLISHING PRESENTS a compelling literary/magical realism tale loaded with characters you'll never forget.
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|Edition description:||First Softcover ed.|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.75(d)|
About the Author
EDITOR: Books have always been a part of my life. I started early on as a reader and would devour anything I could get my hands on, from non-fiction books to the many fantasy series I ended up falling in love with. When I went to West Chester University, I got my Bachelor's in Literature. From there, I became an author, working with a variety of different publishers, each one offering a unique experience. Collaborating with so many editors and experiencing what a difference they made on my work pushed me in the direction of turning my applied skills to freelance editing. As an editor, I've fallen in love with helping authors produce the best versions of their work possible. In my free time, I have a penchant for board games, diner nights, and adventures.