A Temporary Thing
by Gil Miller
|When Lyle Villines learns his daughter has leukemia, he searches for a way to pay the huge medical bills that come with the condition. In desperation, he takes a well-paying, under-the-table job driving a delivery van. He doesn’t know what the cargo is, but the pay is enough to make him ignore that for the sake of his child.
Lyle questions his decision when he’s hijacked on the interstate and left alive only so he can deliver a message to his employer. Turns out the load wasn’t exactly legal. Nor was it insured, meaning he will have to pay for the loss by taking on a new job—cooking meth. Not only does it pay better, his boss says, it keeps him off the road. When Lyle objects, he’s given a simple choice. He can either take the opportunity, or his family will suffer. Faced with no other option, the only thing to do is follow orders… and hope he can get out alive. (180 pages, Shannon Press, 2016)
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Paperback ISBN: 978-163373120-2
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-63373-121-9
|Gil had a normal upbringing, which means his parents aren’t to blame for him going into crime (fiction). Instead, he blames a steady diet of movies, shows, and books, from Miami Vice and Scarface in the ’80s to Breaking Bad and Justified in the ’00s. To cap it all off, he discovered authors such as Michael Connelly, Robert Crais, Don Winslow, and the late, great Elmore Leonard. Gil is a member of the Northwest Arkansas Writers Workshop, whose members sometimes wonder where he gets his inspiration. He makes his home outside Fayetteville, where he is at work on the next of his Rural Empires novels.
Gil maintains a blog at GilMiller.wordpress.com.