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The Vigil

(The first book in the Sandhill Chronicles series)
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Fleeing Atlanta a bad marriage, Imogene McBride heads west with her precocious, beautiful teenage daughter, Cora, when their car breaks down in a tiny North Texas town. While her mother sits out its repair, Cora wanders off to buy ice cream - and disappears without a trace.

So begins Imma's vigil. As her waiting stretches from days and weeks into years, Imma becomes - as the town eccentric if not madwoman - a pivotal institution. And when the local sheriff works to unravel the mystery of Cora's disappearance, a bond develops between the aging sheriff and the eccentric woman who brings Ezra both new hope and forces him to confront his own past.

With an all-new introduction to the Baen Ebook Edition.

Clay Reynolds is the winner of the Western Writers of America Spur Award.

"[Reynolds] knows how to create and sustain tension without resorting to sensationalism. His book, like its protagonist, has a stubborn integrity that you can't help admiring. [Imma's] metamorphosis . . . is absorbing." - New York Times

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Hardback Editions

October 1986 : UK Hardback

Title: The Vigil
Author(s): Clay Reynolds
ISBN: 0-7090-2780-X / 978-0-7090-2780-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd
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February 1986 : USA Hardback

Title: The Vigil
Author(s): R Clay Reynolds
ISBN: 0-312-84639-8 / 978-0-312-84639-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: St Martins Pr
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Paperback Editions

November 2001 : USA Paperback

Title: The Vigil (Sandhill Chronicles)
Author(s): Clay Reynolds
ISBN: 0-89672-457-3 / 978-0-89672-457-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Texas Tech University Press
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April 1988 : USA Paperback

Title: The Vigil (Southwest Life and Letters)
Author(s): Clay Reynolds
ISBN: 0-87074-269-8 / 978-0-87074-269-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Southern Methodist Univ Pr
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Kindle Editions

December 2001 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: The Vigil (Sandhill Chronicles Book 1)
Author(s): Clay Reynolds
Publisher: Baen Books
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