Gary Showalter


Gary Showalter was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He lived in Aruba, Florida and the Panama Canal Zone before joining the U.S. Army during the 1960s. Mr. Showalter has picked cotton in East Texas, baled hay in Ardmore Oklahoma, sold light bulbs in Los Angeles, California, and built cattle pens in Fallon, Nevada (during a blizzard, of course). After settling in Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. Showalter worked as a professional gardener before turning his hand to furniture making.
In 1981, he moved to Israel, married, and raised four children while working as a furniture maker, silversmith, goldsmith, and ornamental wood turner. He served in the Israel Defense Forces Reserves for sixteen years, and when not on active duty he worked in government and private security. He has also served in senior management positions in two software development companies in Israel.
Mr. Showalter has published articles dealing with international terror and the Israel-Arab conflict in the Jerusalem Post, Israel national News and several political science web sites.
Mr. Showalter returned to the United States in the fall of 2003. He published his first novel, “The Big Bend”, in the fall of 2008, his second novel, “Hog Valley”, in 2009, his third novel, “Twisted Key”, in 2010 and his fourth novel, “Lonesome Cove”, in 2011.
Mr. Showalter resides in Dunnellon, Fl, where he is working on the fifth Terry Rankin novel.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I was about five years old, and after several trips to the local public library with my mother to choose a few books, I figured I could do a better job storytelling, so I started writing short stories. I kept that up through high school, but when the draft caught up with me, I ran out of any leisure time to write.
What's the story behind your latest book?
"Lonesome Cove" is the fourth novel in the Terry Rankin series. Terry finds himself with a new client; Gianni Lupo is an elderly hit man for the Mob, convicted of killing two other mobsters following a gold heist in the Port of Miami. Lupo has just been released from Federal prison, where he served a full twenty-five years. He owns property on Sanibel, and needs bodyguards to keep him safe in his few remaining years. Terry is not comfortable with the client, but the money is good and the duty should prove to be something of a vacation for his people. Bodyguard to an old man? How hard can that be?
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Terry Rankin
The Big Bend
Price: $1.00 USD.
Hog Valley
Price: $3.00 USD.
Twisted Key
Price: $3.00 USD.


Lonesome Cove
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 81,360. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Terry Rankin isn’t so sure about his new client, Gianni Lupo. Gianni is an old man, just released from prison after serving the full twenty-five years of a Life sentence for a double murder in Miami. But Terry figures the man’s paid for his crime and now he’ll spend his declining years tottering around his home on Sanibel Island. What could possibly go wrong?
Twisted Key
Series: Terry Rankin, Book 3. Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 89,780. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Terry Rankin's new client is living under a death sentence, and both her ex-husband and her father are anxious to see it carried out. She also has a daughter who is missing. Terry has to protect his client, find the daughter and stay alive. All at the same time. If only it were that easy...if only that was all there was to it...
Hog Valley
Series: Terry Rankin, Book 2. Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 109,180. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Bloody murder, kidnapping, illegal drugs and lots and lots of cash gone missing. It's all happening in Florida, and Terry Rankin is right in the middle of it. What could go wrong?
The Big Bend
Series: Terry Rankin, Book 1. Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 105,870. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Terry Rankin, sole proprietor of Rankin Personal Security Services in Orlando, Florida, accepts a private meeting with a potential client. Sheila Adamson is looking for a bodyguard to protect her from her abusive husband, but Rankin refuses to take the job until she begins divorce proceedings. Moments later, Mrs. Adamson is dead and Rankin is buried beneath the rubble of his house.

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