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PART ONEHAPPY RETURNS“Happy he who still can hope to rise,
Emerging from this sea of fear and doubt!
What no man knows, alone could make us wise;
And what we know, we well could do without.”—Goethe, FaustPROLOGUE“I don’t know why Jimmy insists on playing him,” Sheriff Dale Townsend says, raising his voice over the hammering rain and the swish of the Jeep’s wipers. “It’s obvious the guy just isn’t locked in. His confidence is shot, he’s tensed up, and he’s gripping the bat too hard. Jimmy should