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 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 via 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, 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 drawn to chasing skirts than saving Louisiana’s eroding coast. The Guv, even though, is a guy at the facet, upended through a midlife trouble 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 large Oil offers spoil either his occupation and his possibilities with the brash and lovely activist?
As Justin and style conflict to prevent this titanic Oil attack, the plot thickens–and the Guv turns into snared within the net. 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.