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The folks of Argus, from the small-time dealer to the returning Vietnam vet, the townie grocery clerk and the new sheriff, all know what they want out of life, but the paths to their desires are conflicted and unclear. In a narrative with all the clarity and determination of a prophecy,
WELL DESERVED chronicles the struggles of these four people as they come to the stark realization that their paths are not solitary, but entwined, and their very lives hinge on one shared moment.

Elliott Adrian, a famous actor of questionable skill, drinks too much and works himself to the bottom in Hollywood and emerges from rehab wanting to put the American Dream into reverse: he embarks on a journey to not be famous anymore and works his way back to his hometown of tiny Argus, Illinois. After a short exile in Loreto, Mexico, Elliott’s road trip takes him from Arizona to Arkansas and finally Argus.
A heavy-drinking novelist decides that the only way to get his life back on track is to stop drinking, so he spends an entire Michigan winter without leaving the house. As a result the world comes to him in ways he never could have imagined.​

In KING BISCUIT, Michael Loyd Gray returns once again to his fictional burg of tiny Argus, Illinois, (the setting of his novels Well Deserved and Not Famous Anymore), to tell a coming of age story set in 1966. With the Vietnam War hovering in the background. Seventeen-year-old Billy Ray Fleener, frustrated by the narrow confines of Argus, seeks adventure and a look at the wider world in a novel that puts him on a collision course with the famous as well as infamous.


KHAQQ calling Itasca…We must be on you, but cannot see you—but gas is running low. Have been unable to reach you by radio. We are flying at 1,000 feet."

Seventy-five years ago, Amelia Earhart took off from New Guinea in her bid to finish her trip around the world along an equatorial route. She never made it, and a mystery was born. Did Earhart run out of fuel, crash and sink into the Pacific Ocean? Or did she land on Gardner Island and survive for a time as a castaway?

In his latest novel, The Canary, Michael Loyd Gray the author takes his readers back and forth in Amelia’s life: from her last flight to
her early childhood, cleverly using stream-of-consciousness narration.