"I'll tell you what my boys know," McGinley said. His voice was strong, and any hint of the confused man who was too frightened to face the inevitability of his destiny had gone.
Cole was about to tell McGinley to be quiet.
"Shut up, Sheriff," McGinley interjected before Cole could say anything. "Just listen, will you? Just listen for once?
"I've said I'll tell you the truth, God help me, here's the truth. My boys know I wanted the land. They know I bought the land after the women died. That's all. That's all they know."
McGinley rubbed tired eyes.