The Collateral Group

By Gary Bonner

Chapter One

Endicott City, Maryland – July, 1986

Clive Miller, US Army Colonel, retired, was doing something he hated. Shopping. Every since his wife passed away in 1984 he had to fend for himself in doing things his wonderful bride had done all their previous years together. That meant cooking, cleaning the house, paying the bills and grocery and clothes shopping. He didn’t mind cooking. He actually began to like it, had bought himself a few cookbooks, and started making some homemade dishes instead of dining out all the time or living on TV Dinners. House cleaning? Well, he refused to do that so he hired a woman to come in twice a week and do the dusting and vacuuming, along with the laundry. However, he hated shopping. He had noticed his underwear and socks were getting to the point where it was either learn how to sew or go shopping for new clothes. He was damned if he was going to learn how to sew. Having done two tours of duty in Vietnam, the first as a Major and Squad Leader with Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 27th Marines, Da Nang in 1965 and the second with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines as a Lt. Colonel in 1967, he just felt thread and thimbles were not his forte.

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