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 atmosphere and our duties 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 means of ramming a pipeline via it. whilst 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 bold adversaries–and the sport is on.
Into the fray comes the charismatic Cajun governor Joe T. Evangeline, who turns out extra drawn to chasing skirts than saving Louisiana’s eroding coast. The Guv, notwithstanding, is a guy at the facet, upended through a midlife predicament 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 huge Oil offers smash either his occupation and his possibilities with the brash and lovely activist?
As Justin and style conflict to forestall 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 lovely 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.