New novel for sale soon! It’s 1965 in Deer Lodge, Montana, and Paul is just 13


Summer of the Black Chevy: Coming soon to an online book retailer near you! (The book has gone to the printer but isn’t yet on the market.)

¶ New novel for sale soon! It’s 1965 in Deer Lodge, Montana, and Paul is just 13

Paul Morrison’s teachers talk of faraway places he can only imagine. He dreams of kissing a girl for the first time and seeing his beloved Minnesota Twins win the World Series. Paul and his best friends love to fish and ride their bikes and tell stories about real or imagined conquests. On the night of his seventh-grade dance Paul’s first teenage summer changes course when he encounters a stranger who drives a black Chevy.

Here’s a taste of what you’ll read in the novel:

“The car roared and bucked with heart-thumping power. The motor had a mind of its own, a beast of metal and explosive gases in eight cylinders. I screeched onto a paved street in third gear. The big steering wheel felt alive in my clenched hands, silhouetted against the yellow light on the dashboard. The speedometer needle climbed to twenty-five, then thirty. In third gear, the Chevy cut through the night like a charging army. I drove for three blocks consumed with the thrill before it occurred to me that I’d stolen the stranger’s car.”

And what you’ll read on the back cover:

“Paul Morrison launches his first teenage summer at a school dance, longing for girls and the smack of baseballs. His innocence ends quickly when a roaring black Chevy chases him into the dark, but it’s the mysterious stranger driving it who scares him more. It’s 1965 in Deer Lodge, Montana. Several worries unfold as the summer stretches on. Paul learns that misfortune knows no boundaries. In Summer of the Black Chevy, author Kevin S. Giles reflects on how fleeting youth can change in a heartbeat. He paints an image of a small town that can’t contain a young boy’s wonder — or his regret and guilt.”

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Kevin S. Giles set his novel in his hometown of Deer Lodge, Montana, where he knew a few cowboys who looked like this. Sort of.


¶ Jerry’s Riot, the one-of-a-kind nonfiction account of Montana’s 1959 prison riot

Jerry’s Riot, a nonfiction book written by Montana native Kevin S. Giles that frequently rates 5 stars from readers, is the inside story of a deadly disturbance during an era of extensive prison violence in America.

This true crime book examines in revealing detail the explosion that resulted in Deer Lodge, Montana, when former Alcatraz Island convict Jerry Myles collided with reform warden Floyd Powell.

Jerry’s Riot takes the reader inside the prison walls to visit the lives of guards and inmates who experienced the riot. The book contains the only reconstruction of the riot from beginning to end.

The story centers on Myles, the riot’s principal ringleader, drawing extensively on federal and state records and the author’s interviews with hostages, prisoners and others involved.

Buy Jerry’s Riot at BookLocker, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other major online bookstores.

True crime reviewer Laura James writes of Jerry’s Riot:

“You can read (or watch) Shawshank Redemption forty times and learn less of real prison life in the era than in a chapter of this book. … Giles paints a stunning portrait of the ringleader, Jerry Myles….”

Buy now buttonAnd Kevin Robert Brooks, author of Zodiac, the Montana Connection, writes:

“From the very first chapter of Jerry’s Riot you will be spell-bound as Kevin S. Giles delivers chilling, firsthand accounts of those who experienced the 1959 riot. Giles effortlessly captures the sights, sounds, and taste of a bygone era, in a prison that held some of the most dangerously, disturbed criminals in the West.”

¶ Before you go, (once again) Summer of the Black Chevy is coming soon!

Here’s what Montana writer and teacher Jim Peacock says of the novel:

Jim Peacock

Jim Peacock

“People like to remember their youth as a simpler time. Kevin Giles’ Summer of the Black Chevy reminds us that when you truly dig into your memories, youth is time of confusion, conflict, angst, excitement and most preciously, life’s firsts. Youth is particularly interesting if you were a kid that broke a cardinal rule in western Montana towns… Don’t mess with Butte kids! Giles’ story about a thirteen year old boy living in Deer Lodge, Montana, in 1965 is full of relatable first experiences that are just as adrenaline-charged as they are haunting. 1965 is no simpler time than now, and Summer of the Black Chevy will return you to a time in your life that was full of wide-eyed exhilaration, even if you didn’t mess with Butte kids.”


¶ And another forthcoming work about an iconic historical figure:

Jeannette Rankin when she entered Congress in 1917.

Another new work, a new edition of Flight of the Dove: The Story or Jeannette Rankin, will bring deeper insight into America’s first woman in Congress. Kevin S. Giles first published this book in 1980, just a few years after Rankin’s death. His new work, full of new detail and insight, delves into her life as one of the 20th Century’s most persistent pacifists. The original book has been out of print for several years, but copies remain available in an Internet search. Forthcoming in 2015 or 2016.

Actor, playwright and pacifist Jeanmarie Simpson writes of Flight of the Dove:

Flight of the Dove is the most comprehensive of all biographies written about Jeannette Rankin. Giles’ research is astonishing, his journalist’s style keeps the fascinating, heartbreaking and inspiring story moving at the pace of a work of great fiction. When I researched my play about Rankin, the 1980 edition of Flight of the Dove became my template, and the paperback fell apart from my exhaustive reading and re-reading. I eagerly anticipate the new edition.”


Actor and writer Allyson Adams, author of The Rebel and the King, says of Flight of the Dove:

“The Jeannette Rankin biography Flight of the Dove by Kevin Giles changed my life.  Kevin Giles introduced me to the woman who said, “You can no more win a war, then you can win an earthquake.” Kevin was the perfect writer to mine the riches of the First American Congresswoman. Thank you Kevin.


About the author:

Kevin S. Giles was raised in Deer Lodge, Montana, in the shadow of Montana State Prison. His father, Murry, narrowly escaped being taken hostage during the 1959 riot and later became a lieutenant of custody. His mother, Jean, was a teacher who taught him the fortunes of reading and writing. Kevin is a University of Montana journalism graduate and has worked as a reporter and editor for six daily newspapers in the United States and Australia. Kevin has edited and designed numerous books.

Contact Kevin at jerrysriot at hotmail dot com


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Amtrak's Empire Builder streams over Marias Pass near Glacier National Park. I took this photo from my passenger car.

Amtrak’s Empire Builder streams over Marias Pass near Glacier National Park. I took this photo from my passenger car. It was a crisp autumn day in Montana.

By Kevin S. Giles

(Taken from my journal, written as the Empire Builder passenger train crossed northern Montana.)

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