Ruined Days by Guinotte Wise

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Ruined Days by Guinotte Wise takes the conspiracy theory paranoia surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy and drives it to a whole new level. I made the mistake of starting this book at 11PM and was immediately sucked in and stayed up half the night reading it.

Ruined Days’ protagonist is Travis Meachem, a soldier of fortune, and his stable of crazy rednecks who whirl through the settings (a wildlife refuge/swamp, Dallas, New Orleans, and Las Vegas) like the novel’s Hurricane Oswald bearing down on New Orleans. Throw in a bunch of paranoid Feds, some high-tech assistants, a creole beauty half Travis’ age, and you have a wild ride. The coon hunt was particularly well written. The cast is vivid. The dialogue rings true. My only complaint is that it winds up too quickly to be truly satisfying. I’ve had the pleasure of reading Wise’s short stories, and his dry humor comes through loud and clear in this thriller.


Author Guinotte Wise

Author Guinotte Wise


Travis Meachem, a disillusioned middle-aged man, flies to Daytona to visit his dying father, Reno Pete. On his deathbed, Reno confesses his darkest secrets then commits suicide, leaving his son absolute proof of his part in the JFK assassination, along with instructions on how Travis can profit from it. Following his father’s cryptic advice, Travis heads to his uncle’s house in the Marais Des Cygne Wildlife Refuge, where they hatch a plot to ruin the days of those who destroyed their family. It’s an endeavor that will shake up the power corridors from New Orleans to Washington DC, and beyond. Along the way, Travis attracts some unlikely allies, among them a stunning creole girl, a streetwise rasta character, and a Dallas, Texas, police detective. But some allies are not what they appear to be, and Travis’s enemies aren’t the only ones in danger of having their days ruined for good. Is revenge hollow? It depends on who’s seeking it.

And why.