by Gil Miller
|Ex-cons Steve Wilson and Eddie Jones are struggling to make it in Los Angeles, two-strike losers dodging a third and life in the slammer . . . until the phone call that changes everything for them. Eddie’s brother back in Jersey has brain cancer, and no insurance. In the wisdom imparted by smoking some righteous bud, the bungling pair concoct a plan to travel across the nation from L.A. to Atlantic City, robbing stores along the way to get the cash for Jimmy’s operation. All they have to do is avoid the law and get the money to Atlantic City and Eddie’s Uncle Vinnie.
What could possibly go wrong?
The answer turns out to be “almost everything.” From their accidental kidnapping of a young bank teller in Carlsbad, New Mexico, to a fight with a bunch of drunk rednecks in a bar in Texas, nothing quite goes as planned. Things get even worse when the law shows up in the form of Brad Ferguson, the tough, smart LAPD detective on his own cross-country mission to put them both behind bars for life. It’s a recipe for disaster on an epic scale—and one that even the dumb luck of two stoned ex-cons may not be enough to handle. (362 pages, Shannon Press, 2017)
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Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-63373-268-1
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|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.