A Farmhouse In The Rain

This is a novel of war and peace, crime and punishment, love and loss, and eventually hope. It’s a saga of three American soldiers and the women they love – before, during, and after World War II.

Three American soldiers go off to war. A young Texan, a streetwise Chicago Irishman, and the scion of a wealthy Los Angeles real estate tycoon. The women they leave behind fight battles of their own such as unplanned pregnancies, the lure of fame and fortune, even rape and its aftermath.

During the war, the soldiers are given shelter by a French woman. The next morning she is found dead and the trio realize they were the only ones there. Big questions threaten their friendship and their future. Questions of surviving the war, adapting to the peace, reuniting with those they left behind, and perhaps the biggest question of all—who will be unmasked as the murderer on that fateful night at A Farmhouse in the Rain.

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Sin & Sombreros: If you’re smart, there are some jobs you don’t take. Of course, if you’re smart, you’re in another line of work

A San Diego private investigator is neck deep in murder, kidnapping, dysfunctional dynasties and Zapatista rebels. Read the book Goodreads called “a great adventure.”

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Editorial Praise for A Farmhouse In The Rain

Midwest Book Review calls A Farmhouse In The Rain “a consistently compelling page-turner of a read and highly recommended for community library General Fiction collections.”

The US Review says “Kilgore has penned a well-written book with an almost Shakespearian feel to it. Filled with suspense, sacrifice, and subplots that interlock smoothly, the author’s dark chronicle of lives bound together by fate is a solid addition to the World War II thriller genre.” http://theusreview.com 

Pacific Book Review calls A Farmhouse In The Rain “a well-mapped, well-managed mystery. Kilgore is as comfortable penning scenes of the grim realities of combat as of the tenderness of long awaited love.” Read the full review at http://pacificbookreview.com

More about Joe’s short stories

The Wager, was recently published in The Story Shack. Learn more in news and reviews.

Joe’s short story, An Unkind Winter, was selected by two organizations for publication but one of them had to defer. Read more about that in News & Reviews. Read the story itself at The Twisted Vine.

The Write Place At The Right Time featured Joe’s short story, The Painting. Read more about it in news and reviews.

Joe’s short story NOCTURNE, was published in The Story Shack. It details the shattering conclusion to a broken relationship beneath a full moon in the night sky over Arizona.

San Francisco Online Literary Magazine The Zodiac Review published Joe’s short story The Rangoon Eye. Learn more about it in news and reviews.

Incident On A Windswept Hill, a gripping you-are-there participation in a wartime execution, was the first of Joe’s short stories to appear in The Story Shack.

One of Joe’s short stories was included in the anthology, The Best Short Fiction of 2012. Which one? Find out here.

Online literary journal The Writing Disorder published Joe’s short story, “A Grim Dark Bar In A Cold Wet Town”. It’s a tense bit of noir that unfolds between the regulars and some mysterious newcomers to a watering hole where the occupants inside are as menacing as the weather outside.

Literary Magazine thewriteplaceatthewritetime.org published Joe’s short story “The Voice”. It’s a political parable that’s neither Democrat or Republican. Rather, it’s a chilling tale of acquiescing to the things we think we want to hear. And in so doing, giving up far more than we get in return. The Write Place at the Write Time previously published Joe’s tightly constructed take on murder for hire,“The Auckland Assignment”, in their anniversary edition. Learn more.

Joe’s short story, Those Who Trespass Against Us, was featured in the 16th issue of Storychord, a literary website. Find out more.

“The Gesture” was the first place winner in the Western Romance category of Moonlight Mesa’s 2nd Annual Cowboy Up Short Story Contest. Learn more.