In His Right Mind
by Philip R. Sullivan

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In His Right Mind

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"Will you put that gun down!" Kevin heard his own voice, as if coming from somewhere else—with a firmness that stood in absolute contradiction to the shaking weakness that had suddenly grasped arms, legs, and bladder.

"Still giving orders, huh, Doc?" And the humor of that absurdity under the circumstances evidently evoked the peals of insanely snorting half-laughter that followed. "No more shit from you, Doc. No more fuckin' shit from you." A blinding flash, followed immediately by a second echoing discharge. Kevin collapsed onto the ground, searing pain in his face and a tight sensation in his chest, followed by total unconsciousness.

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In His Right Mind tells the story of a man who is thrust into an adventure he never would have chosen, with a result he never could have imagined—the sort of story that is most often publicized in the case of a woman who is being threatened by a deranged lover; the sort of situation where protective-restraining orders are of no avail. In addition to the growing maelstrom of external events, this story focuses forcefully on the inner responses of its sensitively introspective protaganist, Kevin Kiley.

And as George Bernard Shaw once portrayed in his drama, The Devil's Disciple, when pushed into crisis far beyond that found in daily life, we never know what aspect of ourselves will emerge . . . until such a dire crisis actually happens to us.


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Philip R. Sullivan's novel, In His Right Mind, relates the story of Kevin Kiley, a psychiatrist who has recently performed a disability evaluation on Joe Polito, an air-traffic controller who has been on paid disability status for four years. Dr. Kiley judges that Mr. Polito continues to be disabled by his Bipolar Disorder, complicated by uncontrolled alcoholism. But—and here's the stickler—that neither condition has been caused by, or permanently aggravated by, his work.


From The Author

A story lives, or it dies, on the success of its story line. But if it lives, a story has the chance to become allegorical: to soar higher than itself; to spread more broadly than itself; to dig more deeply than itself.

This is my hope for the story of Kevin Kiley.

Philip R. Sullivan


Other Tales By Philip

The Wolf Tree - Why has Michael Manning left his big-city medical practice and retired early to a farm in rural Maine? And has he really—as viewed by Lesley Jordan, an attractive nurse in nearby Winchendon—reneged on his implied agreement to help his fellow man? An unexpected series of adventures arise as Michael tries to settle into his new community, leading to interactions with Lesley that are touching yet comical. Their story addresses a question that arises inevitably during the course of a human life: does this relationship have any future? more...

A Peaceful, Easy Feeling - His childhood scarred by trauma, Patrick Sayer moved to rural Maine as a young man in search of a simple life close to nature. But now the paper-mill workers have gone on strike, and as money runs low, tempers run high. Patrick is unwittingly snared in the deadly struggle and becomes terrified when his own life is threatened by he knows not whom nor why. He seeks help from those around him, but finds in the end that he needs to achieve his own salvation. more...

Coming Home Again - Coming Home Again is the story of Jud Gerard, an earnest young man who is dying before his time. The chronicle unfolds around the central people in Judís life, all very much alive, and all forced to deal vicariously with the issue of their own mortality as they try to help their friend through his final days. The portrayal is candid, yet socked with humor of the sort thatís inherent in our human efforts to find ultimate meaning in life and love and loss. more...


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