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Kyle Mills lives in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where he spends his time skiing, rock climbing and writing books.

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In his latest thriller, Mills (Free Fall) mines familiar territory with completely new and powerful tools. Trevor Barnett is a self-described "trustafarian," a young man with a trust fund-and it's making him miserable. Trevor's money comes from Terra, the tobacco company his family built from the ground up. But he can only gain access to his money by working for the family business he despises. With a lawsuit pending in Montana that may wipe out the tobacco companies, Trevor starts to realize the futility of his life. He wants out. Unfortunately, every move he makes to escape gets him promoted. Soon he's unwillingly assisting the power-hungry, economy-shaking machinations of Terra CEO Paul Trainer. In this thriller, less is more. While the action still counts-the thrills come from Trevor's out-of-control and often hilarious trajectory-it is Mills's smart and witty writing that makes this essential reading. Like a lower-key Carl Hiaasen, he pokes knowledgeable fun at the politicians, the anti-tobacco campaigners, the ruthless tobacco company execs, and the idea of personal responsibility. Readers who are convinced that they know where they stand on the tobacco issue may have to think again. Highly recommended.-Jane Jorgenson, Madison P.L., WI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Praise for Kyle Mills:If you haven't read Kyle Mills yet you should - I do - Tom ClancyKyle Mills is that special kind of thriller writer who knows how to keep an ominous chill lurking on almost every page - Allan FolsomIn the world of political thrillers, I have a feeling that young Kyle Mills will soon be a very big player - Frederick Forsyth

With this sixth novel in as many years (following last year's Sphere of Influence), Mills departs from his usual suspense thriller format of mass murder, conspiracy and terrorist threat. What he presents instead is a timely and chilling tale hinging on the power of Big Tobacco to bring the American government and economy to a standstill. Trevor Barnett, 32, is heir to a giant tobacco conglomerate called Terra. He is also a lazy ne'er-do-well who works for the company only because his trust payments are tied to his employment in the tobacco industry. He knows cigarette smoking kills people, but doesn't really care, believing that smokers have the right to make their own decisions. The tobacco industry is about to lose a $250-billion class-action lawsuit, a judgment the industry cannot appeal. Such a ruling will permanently bankrupt all of the tobacco companies, and Terra's ruthless CEO, Paul Trainer, is not about to let that happen. After making some snappy and irreverent comments at a board meeting, Trevor suddenly and unwillingly finds himself spearheading a tobacco offensive that shakes the nation. Big Tobacco closes all its plants and recalls all its tobacco products in a clever game of chicken, facing down the courts, Congress, the White House and the antismoking lobby. The result is a catastrophic loss of tax revenue and political donations, and an angry population of smoking voters who want their cigarettes back. The novel's plot is carefully crafted and original, filled with corporate and political intrigue, treachery, betrayal and the complex backroom deals that keep big companies humming along. With a refreshing lack of sanctimony, Mills turns the tobacco wars into grist for an absorbing business thriller. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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