Crawfish Mountain: A Novel

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 surroundings and our tasks 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 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, 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 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 vast Oil offers ruin either his occupation and his probabilities with the brash and gorgeous activist?

As Justin and charm conflict to forestall this substantial 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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And now the inexplicable misfortune of getting land managed by means of Randy Penwell status within the approach of a undertaking! there's no God! Oh, and bet what? Randy Penwell had refused—absolutely refused—to subscribe to his Oil Patch brethren in assisting the tremendous important Chacahoula Parish Alluvial Sediment aid procedure, the send channel that will keep his personal hundreds of thousands of greenbacks! Huff took a deep breath, mopped his forehead with a handkerchief retrieved from his go well with pocket, and compelled himself to show again to his document. He learn a number of extra sentences and proven in his brain what he'd already tentatively determined to do. No approach used to be he, Thomas Ervil Huff, going to barter with that crawfish-head-suckin’ do-gooder Randy Penwell for a hundred-footwide pipeline right-of-way. He impatiently flipped ahead, searching for extra information at the moment proprietor. 3 pages later, he stumbled on one other map with a reputation within the margins: J. J. Pitre. Huff may see instantly that the path in the course of the five-hundred acre Pitre tract used to be the longer and costlier alternative. yet so be it. Huff summoned Louella back via barking over the intercom. while she seemed, Huff acknowledged, “I do not feel you recognize a J. J. Pitre, do you? he is obtained a kind of state addresses, RFD Chacahoula Bayou highway. ” “Hmm, good, Mr. Huff, to begin with, it is not ‘Pit-truh. ’ Down right here, most folks pronounce it ‘PEE-tree,’ notwithstanding the previous Cajuns simply say ‘Peet. ’ And there most likely are as many Pitres in Chacahoula Parish as there are Smiths in Texas. yet enable me imagine. My overdue husband knew a recognized outdated trapper down that bayou named Jack Pitre. The outdated guy is lengthy lifeless, i think, yet this would be a relative. ” Huff, even though he resented Louella's lecture on Cajun-surname pronuncia tion, used to be completely happy to not less than get a lead. He'd now sic his pit-bull bloodhound Juke Charpentier at the case. Juke, for all his flaws, may well locate anyone, shake them down, bribe or purchase them out as used to be applicable. “Okay, Louella, the place the hell is Juke? ” “At lunch. ” “Well, get him out of lunch. this can be an emergency! ” Louella spoke back flippantly, “He's with consultant blood brother Dupere, Mr. Huff, take note? You ordered him to move. If i am not improper, he is lobbying consultant Dupere to give your perspectives to the governor at the shipping-channel factor. ” “Louella, dammit, you do not have to inform me what I already recognize. i do not care if he is with the Pope. Now, get him again the following! ” “Yes, sir, Mr. Huff. ” Louella became and, out of the presence of Huff, made one other impolite face. At her table, she dialed a cellular phone quantity and, getting a voice mail ahead of the telephone even rang, speed-dialed the variety of the Alibi living room & eating place, the place she used to be definite that Charpentier and blood brother Dupere could nonetheless be gabbing over an extended liquid lunch. The Alibi's quantity simply started to ring while Huff 's scowling face reappeared via his door. “After you get Juke get B. J. Duplessis at the line. it is pressing. Oh, whilst i am performed with Juke you must debrief him at the Dupere assembly. If consultant Dupere is on board, we have to alert the governor that blood brother might be shedding in.

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