Ruined Days – A Novel by Guinotte Wise
Travis Meachem is tired. Nothing has gone right since he was a private security contractor in Iraq. Middle-aged and divorced in a dead-end job, he has been summoned to his estranged father's bedside in Daytona, Florida. After reluctantly visiting his old man who was a shadowy "adviser" in Vietnam, and a mob figure, all hell breaks loose shaking up power corridors leading all the way back to JFK's assassination.
After the death of family members, Travis and friends (who local law enforcement regard as jackpine savages) from the Marais des Cygne wildlife refuge in Southeast Kansas are pitted against sophisticated criminals in New Orleans.
Along the way, he attracts some unlikely allies and complications, among them a stunning creole girl, a streetwise rasta character and a Dallas police detective. But are they allies? And is revenge hollow? Those who seek it have different answers.
About Guinotte Wise (Kansas City, Missouri & Kansas Author)
Guinotte Wise writes and welds steel sculpture on a farm in Resume Speed, Kansas. His short story collection (Night Train, Cold Beer) won publication by a university press and enough money to fix the soffits. Four more books since. A Pushcart nominee, his fiction and poetry have been published in numerous literary journals including Atticus, The MacGuffin, Santa Fe Writers Project, Rattle and The American Journal of Poetry. His wife has an honest job in the city and drives 100 miles a day to keep it. Some work is at http://www.wisesculpture.com