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by Eryk Pruitt
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The repercussions are felt across the American South when a pizza joint in sleepy Lake Castor, Virginia is robbed and the manager, Odie Shanks, is kidnapped. The kidnapping is the talk of the town, but it's what people don't know that threatens to rip asunder societal norms. Odie chases dreams of Hollywood stardom and an explosive social media presence while his partner in crime, Jake Armstrong, pursues his own vengeful agenda. In the meantime, corrupt and lazy Deputy Roy Rains has a hard-luck time of covering up the crime in order to preserve his way of life. And college student Melinda Kendall has hit the highway in a stolen ride with nothing but a .22, on the run from her drug dealer boyfriend, the Mississippi State Police, and the media, trying to escape some bad choices by making even more bad choices. All three are on a collision course from hell in this twisted and sinister crime story that reads like a blood-spattered road map of the American South.
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