Like a Man Without a Country, Chapter 7

Like a Man Without a Country, Chapter 7

CHAPTER SEVEN Friday, January 5 The next morning, Coal stumbled down the stairs, hardly able to focus his eyes. He had stayed up with the kids as long as Connie would allow them to stay up, then put Sissy to bed with the same ritual as the night before, which took a...
Like a Man Without a Country, Chapter 6

Like a Man Without a Country, Chapter 6

CHAPTER SIX Lawson Puckett liked a fine cigar, and Judge Irving Pandra had a whole box of them, in the same drawer of his dark oak wood desk where he kept his 1911 Colt .45 from his days as a Colonel in the Army of the Pacific, under General MacArthur. Puckett was...
Like a Man Without a Country, Chapter 5

Like a Man Without a Country, Chapter 5

CHAPTER FIVE Coal and the Mitchell made it back to Salmon after two hours of driving in the dark, through the most dangerous part of the trip, where thick vegetation on both sides of the road sheltered herds of semi-suicidal deer that seemed to love frolicking back...
Like a Man Without a Country, Chapter 4

Like a Man Without a Country, Chapter 4

CHAPTER FOUR Wednesday, January 3 On the morning after Slugger Janx’s disappearance, when Martha May Janx found her boy lying in his own urine on the floor of a cell in the jail of LaFourche Parish, she would not have recognized him as her son if they hadn’t already...
Like a Man Without a Country, Chapter 3

Like a Man Without a Country, Chapter 3

CHAPTER THREE Thibodaux, Louisiana Tuesday, January 2, afternoon Slugger Janx woke up with rain, more like a gentle mist, falling on his battered, broken, blood-crusted face. He had been nicked by a bullet once in the jungles of Vietnam on the side of his thigh, but...