I have been working on this book for a bit. I am now working on editing. I do hate that part. The two men in the book are composites of several young men I knew as boys. The young woman as well. When my kids were teens, our house was the local teen hangout for several reasons. But Death Wish is still a work of fiction. This is a general description of the story line. Alcoholism is a real monster here in Alaska, hurting many.
Growing up the only child of an alcoholic mother, Colin didn’t get much love. In the small community he grew up in everyone knew his situation and the boy turned increasingly inward. The only thing that kills the pain is going higher, further and faster. ‘So dare me why don’t you.’
One other child sees the hurt. One boy, Paul, a little older brings Colin into his home. They become friends for life.
Paul finds a girl, just released from foster care. He brings her home to the business and his partner Colin. Colin finds himself in love with his only friend’s wife. For two years Colin hides all from Maria Elena. But Paul knows because Paul knows Colin.
Colin and Maria lose Paul. Maria chooses alcohol to kill her pain. Colin is faced with losing everything if he can’t get her sober. But what to do about the ache he has been living with for two years?
A long road trip from Alaska to Bellingham, Washington is necessary. A lot of miles. Anything can happen on the Cassiar Highway, the short cut from the Alcan to the Yellowhead Highway in Canada.