Armchair historian Ivan is forty, unemployed, and fearful that he is no longer interesting to his attorney wife Karen.Regardless, he doesn’t know how to say no when Hugo, his best high-school friend, former punk comrade-in-arms, and object of Karen’s complete derision, arrives unannounced in the middle of the night—on the run from the FBI. When Hugo’s stop-over turns into a prolonged occupation, threatening his already crumbling marriage, Ivan is forced to lurch from his armchair into action as the FBI and Hugo’s mysterious, unstable girlfriend circle in. Stay Free is the debut novel by former Rebel Route editor John Hilla.
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John Hilla is a writer, poet, singer-songwriter, and attorney living in the foothills of Detroit. He is the former editor and publisher of Rebel Route Magazine (“Rock & Roll, Past & Present”), and his poetry has most recently appeared in The Cimarron Review, The Bosporus Review of Books, and The 3255 Review.