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The air was as still as it was hot—only the whir of a grasshopper’s flight troubled the quiet. Jesse felt like an overcooked chicken, his meat darn near ready to fall off his bones. Mouth so dry he didn’t have enough spit left to swallow, Jesse croaked, “That guy tryin’ to kill us?”

Turns out the answer is “not yet.” A ranch hand is murdered and bad things start happening to Jesse, just an average  kid working on a ranch the summer of 1958.

And then there‘s Lola . . . the boss’s daughter is a firecracker of a girl, but her bold ways send death their way.

It will take all of their heart and courage to survive..


This is a novel of Texas, a story about the grit and character you find in the people who live and love in that great state.

For adults (particularly those who were teens in the ‘50s and ‘60s) and for young adult readers.

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The Summer Boy, by Ray Rhamey, is a heart-warming mix of teens discovering themselves, a love story, and a murder mystery

© Ray Rhamey 2017   ray (at) rayrhamey (dot) com 206.291.8758  Ashland, Oregon


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