Imagine your father pulling you out of school to tell you he killed a man. How would you react to this news?
Kelly Daniels was nine when his father announced he killed a cousin, a drug dealer. The elder Daniels was already a stranger, having left his family months earlier.
Driving away from the school, his father says, "You can cry if you want."
Daniels describes his reaction in Chapter 1 of Cloudbreak, California: