Code of the Forest

Code of the Forest

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by Jon Buchan
     
 

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When Wade McNabb, publisher of the Georgetown Pilot, exposes high-level political corruption surrounding a chemical plant on the South Carolina coast, a powerful senator, steeped in the ancient code of the state's insider politics, threatens to bring down McNabb and his newspaper.

Wade turns for help to Kate Stewart, a young lawyer who has left a large law firm for

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When Wade McNabb, publisher of the Georgetown Pilot, exposes high-level political corruption surrounding a chemical plant on the South Carolina coast, a powerful senator, steeped in the ancient code of the state's insider politics, threatens to bring down McNabb and his newspaper.

Wade turns for help to Kate Stewart, a young lawyer who has left a large law firm for a fresh start on her own in Georgetown. These two fiercely independent souls form a wary alliance for the legal battle that follows. It's a fight that shows them the power of connections - good and bad - to change their lives forever.

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Publishers Weekly
Buchan draws from his background in law and journalism for his remarkable fiction debut, a novel of political corruption set in Washington, D.C. in the 1990s. South Carolina Senator Buck Ravenel has just been outed by Wade McNabb for having accepted a bribe in exchange for his lobbying power on behalf of a proposed chemical plant in his home state. The powerful Ravenel quickly retaliates, and sues McNabb in an effort to expose the reporter's source and cripple the small paper. McNabb teams up with young local trial attorney—and love interest—Kate Stewart, and the duo valiantly take a stand against the crooked Senator. McNabb and Stewart's battle against the "good-old-boy networks" of Capitol Hill makes for a thrilling story, and Buchan's decades-long involvement with his subject matter lends a refreshing authenticity to the tale and its major players. Fans of John Grisham will relish this new voice. (May)
Library Journal
Georgetown, SC, is a sleepy town with many of the leftover traditions of the old South. When a mining corporation proposes a phosphate mine along the nearby Waccamaw River, politicians and environmentalists engage in serious dispute, and the politicians seem to hold the winning hand. Then Wade McNabb, owner of the Georgetown Pilot, publishes a related exposé involving a local senator, his son, and a massive land deal. Refusing to reveal his sources, Wade risks his newspaper and his personal freedom in court. VERDICT A former journalist and attorney specializing in First Amendment rights has written a fine first novel of political shenanigans and freedom of the press, in a locale still smarting from the civil rights strife of the 1960s. A compelling read for environmentalists or enthusiasts of courtroom drama, with a hint of romance to take off the edge. Readers who enjoyed James W. Hall's Hell's Bay will recognize a similar theme, with a very different execution.—Thomas L. Kilpatrick, formerly with Southern Illinois Univ. at Carbondale Lib.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780984107353
Publisher:
Joggling Board Press
Publication date:
05/04/2012
Pages:
362
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

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Code of the Forest 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Ariesgrl More than 1 year ago
Set along the coast of Georgetown, South Carolina, a battle rages between local environmentalists and the corrupt politicians over whether or not to allow a chemical plant to be built. Wade McNabb, publisher of the newspaper, has never trusted lawyers, but he knows he needs to set those feelings aside in order to expose the dishonesty in the courtroom. Kate Stewart is a female lawyer trying to make her way in the men’s world of politics. Even though she was once burned by the media, she must move forward and trust Wade McNabb, or else her career won’t survive. The South is where time tends to stand still and the state of South Carolina is no exception. This book demonstrates the delicate beauty that makes up Georgetown County. While it also reveals the crooked side of the judicial system, where it is more of whom you know rather than what you can prove. Buchan’s first novel develops at a fast pace and is an enticing read. Extremely well written, readers will be turned into instant fans. Note: This review was originally posted on Ariesgrl Book Reviews.