Chapter 3 Summary

Sheriff Bell does not know that law enforcement has benefitted much from advances in technology. He prefers the old weapons and police cars to what he has now. He is not sure what to think about the death penalty either. It bothers him to have talked with a man for a long time and then walk him down to put him to death. Many of the prisoners are not very smart, he believes, as in the case of one man who ate his last meal but saved his dessert for his return. Many old-time sheriffs did not carry guns. Bell himself has never killed anyone, and he hopes he never does. He is amazed that there are no laws in Texas to regulate who becomes a sheriff, but the system seems to work.

Moss puts Carla Jean on a bus. She is worried;...

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