Truck Stop

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John L. Thompson

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While searching for a cache of embezzled mob money, a diesel mechanic falls for a woman with a mysterious and deadly past.



Short Summary

Recently divorced Logan Pierce made it as far as New Mexico before his El Camino gave out. His hopes of starting a new life in the oilfields of West Texas have turned to dust. Stranded, he takes a job at a local truck stop where he and a co-worker go on a search for embezzled mob money.

After finding the missing cache, trouble unfolds. Logan is forced to go on the run from things both real and imagined and faces issues with this new life. After spending months living under different aliases, he is forced to decide between life or death, and the love of money or the love of a woman.


New Mexico (Primary), Colorado, Mississippi, Minnesota

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain,Quest,Internal Journey/Rebirth,Voyage and Return

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message,Twist

Mature Audience Themes

Twist, Happy Ending, Meaningful Message,Happy Ending,Meaningful Message,Extreme Violence,Substance Abuse, Language/Profanity

Main Character Details

Name: Logan Pierce

Age: 35

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Masculine,Charming,Obedient,Complex,Confident,Desperate,Selfless,Blunt,Faithful,Skillful,Funny,Romantic,Secretive,Honorable,Strong Moral Code,Underdog

Additional Character Details

Name: Amy Hauser

Age: 32

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Confident, Educated, Faithful, Seductive, Aggressive, Skillful, Complex, Outspoken, Romantic, Secretive, Perseverance, Sexy, Unapologetic, Adventurous, Beautiful, Blunt, Criminal, Manipulative,Adventurous,Underdog,Modest,Obedient,Blunt,Outspoken,Skillful,Romantic,Secretive,Seductive,Sophisticated,Unapologetic,Faithful,Gracious,Complex,Strong Moral Code,Manipulative,Sexy,Charming,Criminal,Decisive,Desperate,Selfless,Honorable,Educated,Funny

Additional Character Details

Name: James Hendricks

Age: 37

Gender: Male

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Confident, Educated, Visionary, Engaging, Manipulative, Masculine, Selfless, Skillful, Adventurous, Complex, Decisive, Faithful, Lone Wolf, Outspoken, Sarcastic, Strong Moral Code, Aggressive, Blunt, Perseverance,Adventurous,Charming,Aggressive,Badass,Crazy,Criminal,Decisive,Engaging,Faithful,Blunt,Power Hungry,Selfless,Outspoken,Skillful,Funny,Visionary,Romantic,Sarcastic,Secretive,Heroic,Educated,Honorable,Leader,Lone Wolf,Unapologetic,Strong Moral Code,Manipulative,Masculine,Complex

Additional Character Details

Name: Thomas Hauser

Age: 38

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Blunt, Decisive, Greedy, Leader, Sarcastic, Skillful, Aggressive, Confident, Outspoken, Power-hungry, Unapologetic, Adventurous, Educated, Narcissistic, Perseverance, Complex, Criminal, Manipulative, Villainous, Badass,Masculine,Villainous,Narcisstic,Aggressive,Badass,Adventurous,Criminal,Decisive,Desperate,Power Hungry,Outspoken,Skillful,Sarcastic,Secretive,Sophisticated,Strong Moral Code,Educated,Greedy,Crazy,Confident

Development Pitch

This crime story is set within the world of diesel mechanics working at a truck stop. This truck stop is owned by a mob group known as the Dixie Mafia. They use the chain of truck stops scattered across the southwest and southeast to launder dirty money from their illegal activities such as prostitution, drugs, and gun smuggling. It is rumored that a murdered mob member was embezzling money from the truck stop coffers and buried a sizable cache somewhere on his sprawling New Mexico ranch. At least that's what the rumor mill is saying. The gears start turning in the minds of Logan Pierce and James Hendricks, who work as diesel mechanics at the truck stop. Even though the Dixie Mafia and the FBI might also be looking for the money, Logan and Hendricks take a chance and go on a search for the murdered mobster's fortune in hopes of securing a stable financial future. During the search, Logan Pierce discovers a chance at love with Amy Hauser who has a hidden, dark agenda that could well prove to be fatal.

About The Author

The author has spent the better part of thirty years working in the trucking industry as a diesel mechanic and truck driver. The author’s experience spans many aspects of the industry from fleet operations to the oilfields, and of course, truck stops. He is an editor for Dead Guns Press and the Hardboiled anthology series, he is also the cover artist for the current Casca The Eternal Mercenary series by Tony Roberts and has had numerous short stories published in print and ezines.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Trucking Industry

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Dusty Desert Press

Year Published: 2018

Hard Copy Available