By James Lee Burke
June 25, 2019
I’m going to say hello. What’s wrong with that?
On Galveston beach in the Summer of 1952, Aaron Holland Broussard breaks every rule in the book by stepping into an argument between the most beautiful girl in Houston, Valerie Epstein, and her about to be ex-boyfriend, Grady Harrelson, and in an instant his life changes forever.
At age seventeen, Aaron’s found love. He’s also made an enemy who isn’t going to let up until Aaron has paid the price. Grady Harrelson isn’t just a rich, arrogant punk; he’s hooked up with Vick Atlas, the son of a notorious mob enforcer, and now Aaron has got a whole lot more to worry about than local greasers with ducktails, drapes and needle-nosed stomps.
Sucked into a world of Mexican dope-peddlars, sadists-for-hire and cold-blooded killers, Aaron soon finds the corrupt local cops aren’t looking to pull him out. Outnumbered and outgunned, if Aaron’s going to save himself – and Valerie – from a violent end, he’s going to have to find a kind of courage that doesn’t reckon the odds.