Chapter 5 Summary

Sheriff Bell drives up to Odessa to talk to Carla Jean Moss. He assures her that Moss is alive, but he needs to discuss some things with her. Carla Jean refuses to let him in out of fear that it will upset her mother, so they go down to a diner. As Bell tries to get some information out of her, Carla Jean is reluctant to betray Moss in any way. Bell tells her that her husband is in trouble with some very bad people. Carla Jean says that she has not heard from Moss but she is sure he has not changed, despite the money. Bell is not so sure.

Carla Jean explains that the woman whom she calls “mama” is really her grandmother. She tells Bell that she is nineteen years old. She graduated from high school at sixteen and...

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