The Highway Diner

New Release — Fiction | Action Adventure | Coming of Age

Twenty-year-old Murray is an aspiring artist, helping her mother run The Highway Diner, a struggling truck stop in Indiana. A deadly shooting occurs on premises, which temporarily closes the business. The shooting victim is a lifelong friend of The Commander, a psychologically crippled war veteran who runs a far-right militia compound in Michigan.

The Commander sees The Highway Diner as profiting from the death of his friend and as part of a liberal, teamster conspiracy with the deep state inside the federal government. His campaign against the diner includes death threats, kidnapping, stalking, and culminates in a bombing that kills nearly forty people, including Murray’s fiancé, Benjamin.

Once The Commander and his militia are defeated, Murray finds herself unable to paint. The trauma of violence leaves her pent up and crying at the easel every time she tries to create. She enrolls at the Art Institute of Chicago and learns that the process of painting makes her grief more meaningful. But will she ever be able to fall in love again?

ISBN 979-8-88633-031-1 (Paperback)

ISBN 979-8-88633-032-8 (eBook)

Fiction/Action & Adventure/Coming of Age

6 x 9, 400 pages

Publication date: June 25, 2024

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Mark Paul Smith is the author of Rock and Roll Voodoo, Honey and Leonard, The Hitchhike, and The Reporter.

After an around-the-world hitchhike, he became a newspaper reporter and then played in a rock band on Bourbon Street and on the road. He was a trial attorney from 1982-2023.

Mark and his late wife, the artist Jody Hemphill Smith, own Castle Gallery Fine Art in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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