By Joe R. Lansdale
Jack Catcher's mom and dad are dead--his mother died of a illness and his dad of a damaged heart--and he desires to get out of Oklahoma, the place airborne dirt and dust storms have killed every little thing eco-friendly and hopeful. So whilst former classmate Jane Lewis and her little brother, Tony, appear in his backyard with plans to scouse borrow a lifeless neighbor's motor vehicle and make a holiday for Texas, Jack does not desire a lot convincing to compliment them. yet a run-in with one of many era's such a lot infamous gangsters places a crimp in Jane's plan, and shortly the 3 teenagers are driving the rails between hoboes, gangsters, and con males, racing to warn a carnival-wrestler-turned-bank-robber of the chance headed towards him quicker than a black snowfall at the prairie horizon. This street journey experience is a colourful experience via Depression-era America.
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Something like that wasn’t any kind of accident. You had to be dedicated to it. But all that said, he traveled some. At least as far as that filling station behind us. The old man had recognized the car. Heck, for all I knew, Turpin was a big man around town there. I don’t guess you really know nothing about nobody unless you walk around in their shoes some. I found a station in a town some fifty miles out of Ferguson, and we got gas there, but we didn’t stop at a café to eat because we was on the run and couldn’t afford time or money for such foolishness now.
I suppose not,” I said. “So,” Jane said. “We left out of there thinking we could find someone who could drive the car, but then we got caught up in another storm before we got very far. Just walking out there in all that dirt is some real trouble. There’s still roads, but they’re pretty covered up too. Not so much I don’t think a car could make it. ” “It wasn’t for that old bridge over the creek, we’d have been done in just like Turpin,” Tony said. “We crawled under there and pushed up against the bank.
Wherever I was going in that stolen Ford, I was darn sure going to try to get there fast. 6 It was a long time before we found any kind of ruts we could ride in, but when we did, we started moving faster, and I got a little braver about my driving. Course, I had to hope I didn’t grind the gears so much I burned up the clutch or tore up the engine in some way, or ran off into a ditch and killed us all. ” “I said I could drive, but I didn’t say I was any good at it. I ain’t Henry Ford his ownself.