Three adventurous teenagers, yearning for manhood. Two mysterious disappearances. One Mississippi farm at the center of it all.
When he’s not busy trying to win over the girl of his dreams, Case Reynolds fishes, camps, and races three-wheelers on a local farm with his best friends, the carefree Jack Masterson and brilliant Jet Townsend. But Case’s life changes forever when he finds the murdered remains of a local drifter in a barn, the beloved farm comes up for sale, and Jack’s abusive stepfather Stone disappears without a trace.
The evidence points to all three events being connected. And when the boys discover that not only are they prime suspects in the drifter’s death, but the future of the farm depends on exposing the truth, they set out to find Stone and catch the killer on their own.
Their secret quest takes them on a journey of danger and self-discovery that they never could have imagined. Because Stone had dark secrets, killers will kill again, and the truth isn’t always what it seems, even between best friends.
Can Case and his friends execute their plan to bring justice to those who deserve it and find a bit of redemption for Stone—and themselves—in the process?
Loyalties will be tested. Unyielding courage will be required. And a little ingenuity never hurts...
McComb neatly combines a coming-of-age story with a whodunit in his promising debut. In 1985, Mississippi teenager Case Reynolds and his two best friends, Jack Masterson and Jet Townsend, decide to build a secret cabin on the property of the best friend of Case's late grandfather. That venture turns much more serious after Case discovers a pile of human bones. The remains are suspected to belong to a local itinerant known only as the Vagabond, but when Jet examines them more closely, he finds clear indications that the person they belonged to had been shot through the shoulder blade. The mystery of who was killed, and by whom, is compounded after Jack's stepfather vanishes. And those puzzles may connect with questions about the late Alton Hall, a county sheriff who resigned after being charged with narcotics trafficking and embezzlement, and whose fatal shooting three years earlier was deemed a hunting accident. McComb maintains suspense without sacrificing characterization. Believable portrayals elevate this above the typical tale of adolescent amateur sleuthing. (Self-published)
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The Truth That Lies Between
I loved this and it was a wonderful read! It kickstarted my love for reading again that I had laid down for a while. It had wonderful surprising twists and turns. Once I was into it, I couldn’t put it down. It had everything I loved about a good mystery and the characters drew me in so much, I hated that my time spent with them was over. I thoroughly enjoyed it! Thank you!