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 surroundings and our responsibilities 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 damage 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 equipment. yet Justin and his lively spouse, Grace, end up to be bold 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 by way of a midlife challenge 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 giant Oil bargains damage either his profession and his possibilities with the brash and gorgeous activist?
As Justin and style conflict to forestall this great 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 gorgeous snitch, a toxic-waste-dumping scheme, a ship chase, and a fishing journey long gone horribly awry, Crawfish Mountain, spiced with Ken Wells’s prepared eye for locale, showcases his adventurous storytelling.
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The boy sat on the ground. He reached into his pocket and took out a dime. The boy was wearing sunglasses and a dark blue rain hat. The boy gently tossed the coin onto the cardboard. It slid and then stopped right inside the middle circle. The boy took the last stuffed animal as his prize. ” Freddy swept the last few dimes into the box. Then he sat next to Cam and Eric. He was holding the box of dimes. “Well, that’s it,” Freddy said. “My booth is closed. ” Cam wasn’t listening. Her eyes were closed again.
She started to run toward the gate. Eric called to her. “Stop! We don’t even know where to go. Let’s find Ms. Benson. ” Chapter Eight Cam, Eric, and Freddy went to Ms. Benson. They told her everything that had happened at the Dime Toss booth. “Once those children leave the schoolyard,” Ms. Benson said, “there’s very little I can do. I’ll drive you to the police station. ” They walked to Ms. Benson’s car. It was a big old blue car. Books and papers were piled on the back seat. Eric began to open the back door.
Cam sat in the front seat next to Ms. Benson. “I think this will be the best fifth-grade carnival ever,” Ms. Benson said as she drove. “All the prizes were donated, so all the money we make will go to the library. ” “We made a whole boxful of dimes at my booth,” Freddy said. Ms. Benson waited at a traffic light. When the light turned green, she started to drive off. “Don’t go straight,” Cam said. ” “I know. ” Ms. Benson put on her turn signal. ” A small table was set up. A tall boy with curly blond hair was calling out, “Bring home a toy for your children.
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