The dead body found in the Chemanga River has nothing to do with Todd. Heas been busy making beds at the family motel and writing alien stories to entertain his friends. Sure, a murder is big news, but what would really interest him? A paying job and a story line free of UFOs and poop jokes. And then he meets Rat. Just a little older than Todd, Ratas already been to Vietnam and back. Heas got a tattoo and a messed-up family life. And when he offers Todd a gig at the drive-in theater, Todd takes it. After all, it pays actual money. But hanging out with Rat leads to a host of strange experiences and perplexing questions. More and more, that corpse from the river is on Toddas mind, and no matter how he shifts the pieces around, Rat is always part of the puzzle.The wall to my right, the highway side, leaned gradually in, making the roof no more than four feet wide but fifty or sixty feet long. ... aMore sugar?a Rat asked. aA lot more!a We took our coffee outside to the ticket booth. The rain had nearly stopped by the ... He relaxed into a running commentary about the cars and customers.
|Publisher||:||Penguin - 2007-04-05|