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People in a Small Town, is a dark-sided tale of murder that starts when an ominous cowboy comes to the small western town of Friendly, Kansas. He convinces the citizens to sign a pact (which is called the "Deal" and held between the covers of a large book) with him, giving him control of the city in exchange that he rid the town of all its social parasites.

He rid the town of all its unsavory characters then came before the populace to collect his due. Control of the city garnered much more authority than mayor or sheriff; he had the power to create soldiers for his evil army out of the cattle town inhabitants. The evil gunslinger bred his seed into the families of the townsfolk, beginning a practice of breeding amongst themselves, until after 150 years of keeping it all in the family they grew to become a band of face-changing monsters that were indeed one big happy family.

On the surface, Friendly appears to be a friendly, wide-spot in the highway whose citizens maintain their lifestyles by creating crafts and culinary delights to sell to the small number of travelers who happen through the small town. Tourists are shocked when "side-effects," released from their purchased souvenirs, begin to cause mayhem in their lives.

Those unlucky tourists, of which the number grows steadily, who may have offended a "townie" on their visit, are killed and either buried in the village cemetery or dumped along a deserted highway. Incantations must be spoken on a regular basis as agreed to in the "Deal," similar to religious folk who gather in the Lord's house each week for prayer, the "Deal" is their form of praise and they must adhere or else.

The population of Friendly never seems to grow very much while the numbers of those in the cemetery is on a perpetual upswing. All the townies have responsibilities and share those duties as well as town celebrations amongst themselves. They have good senses of humor - they have no reason to doubt that murdering can't be fun - and always enjoy adding comical epitaphs to the headstones of those they kill.

A young man, Ryan, flies through Friendly on the wings of a Camaro Z28 on his way to Garden City, Kansas, to buy a pound of primo skunkweed for him, his twin brother Cory, and a couple other friends. On his return trip, he has car trouble and is assisted by the citizens of Friendly. He calls Cory telling him he will be late, but when late becomes never, his brother, friends and cousin come to rescue him.

The rescuers, using peeping-Tom skills, learn that Ryan has been killed by these folks who give new meaning to "happy-face" and "long-in-the-tooth." Stealing the book that contains the "Deal" they begin a series of events that deliver them back to 1865 where they meet up with Ryan who is to have a shootout in the middle of town with the personal assistant from Hell.

Waiting till the morrow for the gunfight, the four new-age gunmen get used to their newly acquired cowboy personas and do their best at sharpening their skills of shooting and horseback riding. Tomorrow, at noon, the verdict would be in and either, Ryan and all of them, along with the discordant souls of those unwittingly entangled in the contract of evil, would be lost... or the "Deal" would be broken and the evil gunslinger would be forced out of town. They were just killing time, waiting for killing time, unaware of who the victor in the shootout would be and to what end they and the good people of Friendly would be awarded.

This book is a work of fiction. The characters, events, and places portrayed in this book are products of the author's imagination and are fictitious or are used fictitiously. Any similarity to real persons, living or dead is purely coincidental and not intended by the author.

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  • Publication Date: December 19, 2018
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Print Length: 146 Pages
  • File Size: 557 KB

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