Martin Clark has created a cast of characters who come alive and are oddly believable in their actions in the course of this novel. The inhabitants of this story generally don't conform to the standard ideas of behavior and tend to do what is necessary to enjoy the moment and disregard the future.
Judge Evers Wheeling, a pot smoker from Norton, North Carolina, is on his way to work when he's approached by a well-dressed, attractive woman who asks for a moment of his time.
What transpires could almost be a scene from the Andy Griffith TV show. The woman, Ruth Esther, insists on privacy and she and the judge end up in a vacant restroom of a local business.
Evers thinks he's being set-up and the woman asks him to be lenient when her brother comes before the court. She adds that she helped steal $100,000. Her father was the mastermind and he has died. Her brother was caught and she needs him for his part in the information of where to find the money. She tells Wheeling that she'll split her share if he'll help.
Wheeling has a brother, Pascal, who lives in a mobile home and seems high on pot most of the time. While Evers did well with his family inheritance, Pascal traveled and enjoyed life and doesn't have a care.
The story relates the attempt to recover the valuables and the surprises that await them as they go along.
We also follow the divorce attempt of Wheeling and his wife after he and the sheriff discover Ever's wife in a motel with a local farmer.
Filled with amusing moments, this novel certainly entertains. The book is for those who enjoy unusual characters doing improbable things through their lives.
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