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A Promise to Catie

Judd Holt


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You've read ghost stories, but not like this one. When Billy Griffin moves from Dallas to the small town of Oakpoint, Texas in 1955, he thinks life will be simpler in the country. Instead, his life is turned upside-down by a series of inexplicable events. He has been living in the old ranch house only a few weeks when the silhouette of a woman appears in his bedroom window. Objects disappear from his desk. His sister Beth is bitten by a rattlesnake, then miraculously and mysteriously saved. Billy must call upon an old conjure woman, Hebronetta Sikes, to make sense of the events, but to do so he must get past her fierce companions, a Doberman and a German Shepherd. What he does, who he meets, and what he learns will surprise you. Folklore, race relations, and small town life form the background of this unusual first novel.

University of North Texas Press, 9780929398419, 242pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 1992

About the Author

Judd Holt has drawn upon his wide range of experiences as a Yellowstone Park Ranger, a teacher, a coach, and attorney to write this novel. A native of Denton, Texas, he currently practices law there.