1956—The Dime Lady knocks
(SAMPLE OF BOOK I)
…. “So, I’m there… taking cautious steps… walking in the dark across railroad tracks. There’s an eerie coldness in the air. Suddenly… a strange sound behind me! It is as if something drags on dirt and scratches metals. I get chills. The hair on back of my neck stands up. I want to run, but I struggle to stay calm. I walk steadily towards the lights at the other side. I’m fighting panic that chokes me and builds inside. My legs feel loose and move on their own. I’m afraid to look back, but then I look….
“Hey carnal,” said Chato, “let’s go play pool at the Bum Bum, ese.”