A young single mother is murdered in her apartment and her baby is gone. Keith, a 12-year-old boy in the same apartment building - the self-styled "meanest boy" in town - also disappears.
In pursuit of the baby, the boy and the killer, are Keith's divorced mother and a cop who himself was once considered the meanest boy in town. Their search leads them down the humid byways of a Florida populated almost exclusively by people from somewhere else; emotional refugees seeking sanctuary along the swampy coast.
©1997 Alice Hoffman; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"She knows how to manipulate suspense and tug the heartstrings; with its cinematic flow and larger-than-life characters, her novel will make a wonderful movie." (Publishers Weekly)
"Pure Hoffman: her take on the tropics is haunting, hypnotic, and hot as a fever dream." (Kirkus Reviews)
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