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Waltz of Shadows

Characters

Hank Small-Movie rental store owner. Gets pulled into a situation he never wanted. Likes to read Andrew Vachss. He loves his old ugly truck where he keeps a shotgun, a .38, and a baseball bat.

Beverly-His red-headed wife of 20 years. She doesnít like Bill.

JoAnn-His daughter.

Sammy-His 9 year old son.

Wylie-German Shepard.

Bill aka Jack Frame-His nephew who is always in trouble. Owes Hank a lot of money from schemes through the years.

Rick-Hank brother and Billís dad who was killed in a car wreck.

Fran-Billís mother.

Arnold-Hankís older half brother, loves to catfish, keeps old chicken necks for bait but throws them away for fear they might grow together and come after him.

Mrs. Maude page-Murdered heiress.

Sharon-Girl that Bill met in library who got him into the mess.

Bob, Dave, Carrie-Other members of the Disaster Club. Bunch of rich bored kids. Doing crazy stunts like dodging cars and playing games on railroad tracks.

Dr. Benjamin J. Parker-Club thought they were going to kidnap his wife but tables get turned.

Tara-His wife.

Oscar Caine aka Fat Boy-Former lawyer.

Tommy Ray Mault aka Cobra Man or Snake-Fat Boyís cousin who has a really awful stink about him.

Jake-The Docís connection to Fat Boy.

Barbara aka Bambi-Docís girlfriend.

Butch-Arnoldís dog.

Carolyn-Hankís mother, lives in Tyler, two hours away.

Kinley-Old girl friend of Arnoldís.

Ms. Nichols-JoAnnís teacher.

Raymond Sanchez-Video store manager.

Mark Flendie-Out of business video store operator.

Old Man Crater-Arnoldís neighbor.

Price-Chief of Police. There was a Lt. Price in Cold in July.

Virgil Griffin-Lawyer.

Carolyn-First wife.

Meg-Fourth wife.

Tim Mayday-His partner.

Poot-Timís dog.

Facts

Events happen in late October in east Texas.

The deal goes down in Busby, Texas.

Imperial City, Texas is another location for happenings.

Convenience stores are called Stop & Robs.

Go to the Sleepy Time Tourist Court, a local rundown motel.

Arnold has a cabin on Lake Imperial.

QUOTES

Dog looks like it belongs on the end of a mop handle.

In bed she could make a pig speak French.

Make sure he has drank his last Coca-Cola.

Plot

Bill gets mixed up with a rough crowd that plans a kidnap and murder. They get killed instead and Bill gets the blame. His uncles Hank and Arnold have to figure out what is going on before they all get killed.

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