Interview by Paul Salfen
The acres and acres of fertile soil and 200-year-old antebellum house are all gone, and so is the foster mother who gave it to Jack Boucher. She’s only days away from dying,with a mind eroded by dementia and the family legacy she entrusted to Jack now owned by banks and strangers. Jack’s mind has begun to fail, too. Decades of bare-knucklefighting are now taking their toll, as concussion after concussion forces him to carry around a stash of illegal painkillers and a notebook of names that separates friend from foe.But in a single twisted night, Jack loses his chance to win back all that’sbeen lost. Hijacked by a sleazy gambler out to settle a score, Jack is robbed of the money that will open a path that could lead him back home by clearing his debt with the queen of Delta vice, Big Momma Sweet, whose deep backwoods playground offers sin to allt hose willing to pay. Yet this sudden reversal of fortune introduces an unlikely savior in the form of a sultry, tattooed carnival worker named Annette. Guided by what she calls her “church of coincidence,” Annette pushes Jack toward redemption, only to discover the savage danger the world of Big Momma Sweet is filled with. Damaged by regret, crippled by 25 years of fists and elbows, and heartbroken by his own betrayals, Jack is forced to step into the fighting pit one last time, the stakes nothing less than life or death.