By Ken Wells
Publish yr note: First released in 2007
Ken Wells’s hugely acclaimed picaresque Catahoula Bayou novels brought “one of the main compelling voices in fiction of the final decade” (Los Angeles Times). Now Wells is again, writing approximately his favourite subject–the unique, beleaguered Louisiana wetlands–in a pointy, rollicking story of company corruption and political shenanigans. The struggle over one man’s tract of sacred marsh fronts a deeper tale of our position within the atmosphere and our tasks to it.
Justin Pitre’s marsh island, a legacy of his trapper grandfather, is a scenic rival to something within the Everglades, and he has promised to guard it from all damage. yet he hasn’t counted on oil bigwig Tom Huff’s plans to break his bayou paradise by way of ramming a pipeline via it. while cajolery doesn’t sway Justin to signal the land over, Huff turns to darker tools. yet Justin and his lively spouse, Grace, turn out to be ambitious adversaries–and the sport is on.
Into the fray comes the charismatic Cajun governor Joe T. Evangeline, who turns out extra attracted to chasing skirts than saving Louisiana’s eroding coast. The Guv, even though, is a guy at the facet, upended through a midlife quandary and torn among a mystery political legal responsibility to important Oil and the persuasive powers of Julie Galjour, a feisty environmentalist. Julie is obviously out to reform greater than the Guv’s ecopolitics, yet will his tragicomic massive Oil bargains ruin either his occupation and his probabilities with the brash and gorgeous activist?
As Justin and beauty conflict to forestall this huge Oil attack, the plot thickens–and the Guv turns into snared within the internet. that includes a gumbo of eccentrics and lowlifes, a kidnapping, a lovely snitch, a toxic-waste-dumping scheme, a ship chase, and a fishing journey long past horribly awry, Crawfish Mountain, spiced with Ken Wells’s prepared eye for locale, showcases his adventurous storytelling.
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Horton interpreted that as the secretary. ‘You’d think the sun shone out of his backside,’ Dennings continued. ’ Horton ignored Dennings’ crudity. ’This was getting to be like extracting evidence from a reluctant witness. ‘Business, property, divorce, wills, you name it, Mr bloody Sherbourne can do it. He’s been Brundall’s lawyer for as long as the secretary can remember. At least for the thirteen years she’s been there. She clammed up then tight as a nun’s knees – wouldn’t say any more except that Brundall was a very wealthy man.
And Jesus did it still hurt! And there was him thinking he was moving on! So who was looking after Emma, he wondered, making his way towards the bar? His in-laws? He felt a stab of envy swiftly followed by anger that others were allowed to take care of his daughter and not her father. Uckfield looked up and caught Horton’s eye. He started with surprise, then frowned and hauled himself off the bar stool. Horton watched as Shawford followed Uckfield’s gaze. He caught the look of fear in the man’s eyes and drew immense satisfaction from it.
But, no, that was ridiculous. Why? Horton had never known his father and his mother had never spoken of him. He wasn’t named on his birth certificate. He’d learnt to despise the absent father for abandoning him. And he’d hardened his heart against his mother for deserting him. He didn’t want to revise those opinions. It 50 Pauline Rowson involved too much emotion. Think of practical matters, he urged himself. ’ ‘A massive stroke. ’ The church had moved quickly then to put in a replacement vicar and get her into the vicarage.