He befriends Myrtle Beach blacks, not knowing he wasn't supposed to do that, and winds up being threatened out of town by white folks. Nope, no home in Myrtle Beach.
"The Scummers" finds Jesse heading west to California, still looking for a home but not really admitting what he is searching for. From there, his odyssey continues until he winds up in the Army. On every stop along the way, he runs into more amazing, mostly obscene and thoroughly unrighteous characters, not unlike the ones he ran away from in Crum, Kentucky and Myrtle Beach.
"The Scummers" is intense, hot to the touch, gripping like a steel trap and darkly humorous. It is engaging, especially for those who like wild amusement park rides.
Jesse comes full circle in this final work in the Crum trilogy. He returns to Crum for a visit and those who have followed Jesse's exploits from the beginning will find a surprising link to the first book in his visit. Thus, those who have followed Jesse from the beginning nearly a quarter-century ago will be somewhat sated but probably not fully satisfied.
For those who want to buy one or all of the books in the trilogy, visit the West Virginia University Press at www.wvupressonline.com/crum_trilogy.
Want to go?
WHAT: Lee Maynard will read and discuss "The Scummers"
WHERE: J.D. Waggoner Reading Room at the West Virginia Library Commission at the West Virginia Culture Center
WHEN: noon to 1 p.m. June 11.
WHAT ELSE? The book also will be for sale. You are welcome to bring a bag lunch. Light refreshments will be provided.
Dave Peyton is a retired former columnist for the Herald-Dispatch in Huntington and the Charleston Daily Mail.