In addition to practicing law in Duluth, Minnesota, Paul Kilgore writes fiction. His collection of short stories, "Losing Camille," was published in 2010. The central figure of his first novel, "The Broken Key," is Tom Johnson, a young man who attempts several vocations before finding solace and satisfaction in running a resort on an isolated lake on the Iron Range.
The novel is reviewed here by Lindsay Grier Arthur, a retired lawyer and author of several books, including "How to Write a Truly Great Novel" (2018). About Kilgore's novel, Arthur writes:
"Wandering aimlessly through a confused and insecure young adulthood that he escapes through no effort of his own is hardly the stuff of great novels. On the other hand, Kilgore paints a very vivid picture of the mental and psychological anguish facing thousands of young Americans as they enter adulthood, often entirely unprepared to make the critical decisions that will lead them to a happy and rewarding life."