By Ken Wells

Ken Wells’s hugely acclaimed picaresque Catahoula Bayou novels brought “one of the main compelling voices in fiction of the 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 setting and our responsibilities to it.

Justin Pitre’s marsh island, a legacy of his trapper grandfather, is a scenic rival to whatever 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 means of ramming a pipeline via it. while cajolery doesn’t sway Justin to signal the land over, Huff turns to darker equipment. yet Justin and his lively spouse, Grace, end up 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 aspect, upended via a midlife problem 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 monstrous Oil offers smash either his occupation and his possibilities with the brash and lovely activist?

As Justin and style conflict to prevent this sizeable 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 horny snitch, a toxic-waste-dumping scheme, a ship chase, and a fishing journey long gone horribly awry, Crawfish Mountain, spiced with Ken Wells’s willing eye for locale, showcases his adventurous storytelling.

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It isn't harsh. it should depart me in an lousy spot, too. ” one other silence undefined, then Julie spoke back. “Has the governor ever appeared to be at the verge of, uh, confessing whatever to you? ” “No, no longer accurately. yet i might say i have picked up a feeling that whatever has him preoccupied. however it can be a lot of items. ” Julie nodded. “Well, attention-grabbing, simply because at our lunch he gave the impression of he used to be approximately to admit something—well, probably confess is the incorrect be aware. yet there basically appeared anything he desired to inform me, yet then brushed it off as trivial. ” “Hmm,” Minna mused. “You understand, i feel there's something occurring that could need to do along with his brother, Jimmy T. there has been an strange flurry of cell calls it slow again, and extra lately a few speak of a few type of actual property transaction related to one or either one of them. ” “Real property? ” “Julie, how a lot has the governor informed you approximately his brother? ” “Almost not anything. He noted his relations in short at lunch and poking affectionate enjoyable at his brother. The effect I acquired is they are shut yet probably there are concerns? ” “That's placing it mildly,” Minna spoke back. “Jimmy T. is within the actual property enterprise, yet among us chickens, he is a businessman like i am an opera singer. he is the nicest fellow within the world—I've met him a time or . yet he is a convalescing alcoholic with a protracted record of maladies, actual and emotional. He went via a wrenching divorce a number of years in the past. The governor primarily set him up within the company, which trades solely off the Evangeline name—meaning, in fact, the governor's name—because frankly, Jimmy T. hasn't ever been capable of carry a true activity. ” “Oh, good, i am sorry to listen to all that. yet what may perhaps his brother very likely need to do with this bribe allegation? ” Minna checked out Julie and without notice discovered herself burying her head in her palms. “Oh, my God, Julie—I'm so dense! glance, I overheard components of a lively quarrel over the telephone no longer some time past. basically a few great amount of cash had long gone lacking, and Governor Evangeline was once berating Jimmy T. approximately his half in it. there has been additionally whatever a couple of safe-deposit field, yet none of it relatively registered again then. i presumed it was once approximately genuine property proceeds. yet now—who is aware? ” Julie took this in, doubtful what to imagine. “Well, Minna, that is attention-grabbing. yet a few involvement via the governor's brother during this does not unavoidably absolve the governor. ” “No, after all now not, yet i've got a slump that Jimmy T. is our greatest shot for fixing this secret. Are you keen to do some gumshoe paintings? ” “Yes, i guess so. ” “Good. i'm going to offer you his deal with and a telephone quantity. yet i would not name until you wander off going there. i would cross see him in individual. i believe shock is the most suitable choice. ” Minna grew to become towards her workstation, punched up an handle in Outlook, and hit the print button. A sheet of paper whirred from the printer on her table, and she or he passed it to Julie. “I wish this ends up in something,” stated Minna, “for all of our sakes. ” forty four LOVE, TOM AND DAISY type “Tom, darlin’, it is simply no longer time but.

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