The Baptism of Billy Bean

by Roger Alan Skipper

In a rolling journey through Appalachia’s forests and towns, Lane must fight not only for his life, but for all the things it has lacked: love, family, and peace.Lane Hollar’s seen little of the world beyond West Virginia—Parris Island and Vietnam—but that wasenough.

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 368 pages
  • Average Rating: 3.97 out of 5
  • Published February 17th 2009 by Counterpoint
  • Original Title: The Baptism of Billy Bean
  • ISBN: 1582434603 (ISBN13: 9781582434605)
  • Edition Language: English
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In a rolling journey through Appalachia’s forests and towns, Lane must fight not only for his life, but for all the things it has lacked: love, family, and peace.Lane Hollar’s seen little of the world beyond West Virginia—Parris Island and Vietnam—but that was enough. Now, thirty years later, he’s estranged from his only son, Frank, and from society at large. Lane has his grandson, Toby, his daughter-in-law, Darlene, his bait shop, and his banjo, and he desires or needs nothing else.But then one day, he and Toby are out fishing when they witness a drug-related murder. Suddenly, the boundaries of his world are no longer his to define. An investigation rules the drowning accidental but reveals the witnesses to the perpetrators, and without preamble, Lane is fighting for his life. Caught between inept—or corrupt—lawmen and a stone-cold killer, Lane finds that his long-neglected survival skills are, like Lane himself, obsolete and ludicrous in a world gone mad.