Gary Guinn lives in the southern Ozark Mountains with his wife, Mary Ann, and their Corgi mix, Peanut. He writes both literary and mystery/thriller fiction, short fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. He published his first novel, A Late Flooding Thaw, with Moon Lake Publishing in 2005. His poetry and fiction appear in a variety of magazines, and his short fiction appears in several anthologies, the latest being Yonder Mountain, from the University of Arkansas Press. The mystery/thriller novel Sacrificial Lam, released by The Wild Rose Press in 2017, is set on a small Southern college campus. The non-fiction book Midwatch in Verse: New Year’s Deck Log Poetry of the United States Navy, 1941-1946, co-authored with David E. Johnson, will be released in late 2022 by McFarland Books. He enjoys reading, writing, traveling, sailing, and brewing beer (and of course, drinking it).
The novel Sacrificial Lam, by Gary Guinn, is a suspense/thriller that examines the cost of survival and the impact of life threats on our values in the context of the liberal/conservative dichotomy in our society.
When English professor Lam Corso receives a death threat at work, he laughs it off. A liberal activist at a small Southern conservative college, he’s used to stirring up controversy on campus. It’s just part of the give and take of life. Even when violently attacked, Lam is convinced it must be a mistake. He can’t imagine anyone who would want to kill him for his beliefs.
When the violence escalates, Lam is forced to face the truth. His wife—a passionate anti-gun crusader—is outraged when Lam brings a gun into the house for protection. The police can’t find a single lead. Left to their own devices, Lam and Susan are forced to examine their marriage, faith, and values in the face of a carefully targeted attack from an assailant spurred into action by his own set of beliefs.
What will it cost to survive?
Sacrificial Lam is Gary Guinn’s second novel. His short fiction has been published in a variety of literary magazines and anthologies. The book can be purchased on Amazon here ; on Barnes & Noble here ; and on Kobo here
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Like the protagonist in his Lam Corso series of mystery/suspense novels, Gary Guinn taught at a small, conservative, southern college. He was one of a small number of liberal professors at the college. The idea for the main plot line for the first novel in the series , in fact, came from an incident early in Guinn’s career at the college. A radical conservative on the campus sent anonymous threats to several liberal faculty members. The notes became increasingly violent and then stopped without explanation. Though the threats ended, they created chaos in the lives of the threatened professors .
Guinn retired from college teaching in 2012. He has spent his time since then reading, writing fiction, traveling, sailing, and brewing beer (and of course drinking it).