King, Writer's Digest columnist
With its complex interplay of bizarre yet believable
characters, Soldier's Gap falls somewhere between Northern
Exposure and Twin Peaks.
high school principal Jerry Egge sets out on his morning jog, he
spots a red scrawl on the water tower, suggesting he go screw
Fifteen minutes later,
Jerry is dead, bludgeoned to death by a Louisville Slugger with a
Wayne Terwilliger endorsement.
Deputy Sheriff Dave
Jenkins arrives on the scene, suffering from a hangover. He's not
all that thrilled about dealing with blood and a dead body. But he
hasn't seen anything yet. When he touches the band of Egge's
baseball cap, he sees Egge's life pass before his eyes. He thinks he
must be in shock.
Mingo Jones, the night
deputy and a Mescalero Apache, wants to hold a ghost medicine
ceremony for his former friend to insure that Egge is not caught
between the Shadow World and the Land of Ever Summer.
Faced with more hoodoo
than a kabbala scholar, the cynical Jenkins begins to track Egge's
killer. The suspects are as legion as those in a William Peter
Blatty novel. The superintendent of schools is romancing Egge's
wife. One of Egge's students was expelled for bringing a gun to
school and had been making threatening phone calls. A farmer, who is
the closest thing to an eyewitness, has a son who's acting awfully
guilty. And there's a beautiful young girl who confesses to having
painted the obscenity on the tower.
Will the haunted
Jenkins hunt down the killer, or will he, too, wind up trapped
between the Shadow World and the Land of Ever Summer?
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