The following is an excerpt from Don't Mess with Travis: A Novel by Bob Smiley. Used with permission from Thomas Dunne Books, a division of St. Martin's Press.
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When Thomas Dunne published Don’t Mess with Travis in May --- my comedic political novel about a freewheeling Texas governor who becomes fed up with a Constitution-stomping president and decides to secede --- I knew I had landed on something relevant. I didn’t know it was this relevant.