The Boys On The Tracks

Two Arkansas teenagers are run over by a train.

The state medical examiner rules they smoked themselves into “a marijuana-induced stupor” before lying down, side by side on the tracks. He rules the deaths accidental. Case closed. Except that when the parents of one get the bodies exhumed, new autopsies point to murder.

That launches the mom of one of the boys on a journey that will lead her into a dark world of drugs and political corruption.

In 2001, after this book’s release, a U.S. court of appeals wrote: “The record in this case reads like a John Grisham novel.”

Unfortunately, this story is not fiction.


Praise for The Boys On The Tracks

A wrecking-ball tale of tragedy, malfeasance, and machine politics… authentically shocking, deeply unsettling… A page-turner.

Kirkus Reviews

A true-crime thriller by an established investigative journalist… The action grips readers from the beginning.

Publisher’s Weekly

Exhilarating, eye-opening, thought-provoking… Lures you in and holds you hostage.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

A moving and troubling expose of one of the more bizarre criminal cases in recent U.S. history… A poignant, pertinent, and sorrowful tale well worth the read.

High Times