In those four years, Carp's two children decide they no longer want anything to do with him. His son, Ben, immerses himself in his studies. His daughter, Lisa, has filled the void left by a dead mother and an absent father with an older boy named Joe Don Hatch, who takes full advantage of her vulnerability. Carp struggles to get through to his children but must focus on other things when a bookie he placed bets with turns up dead. The police focus on Carp, accusing him of the murder.
It's up to Davis, a longtime family friend and a Vietnam veteran, to rescue his beleaguered buddy and adopted family. But to do so, Davis must face off with both the law and the underground lords of illegal gambling.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The author takes his time developing individual characters in the beginning, but it's worth your while. By the startling ending, you really care about this family and seeing them pull together.