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Michael Dirda…just because such writers are funny, often very funny, doesn't preclude them from addressing serious issues. That's certainly the case for Ken Wells in his entertaining new novel set in Louisiana's Cajun country…The basic plot is classic: Tom Huff, of Standard of Texas Oil, wants to dredge a pipeline through wetlands owned by Justin Pitre. But Justin promised his grandfather never to sell the family's old fishing camp. He refuses the Texan's offer, so Huff naturally ups the pressure, indicating that dire consequences might ensue for those dear to the stubborn Cajun. From here matters grow darker and increasingly, as well as delightfully, convoluted. Before Wells brings his novel to an end, he treats us to industrial sabotage, corporate theft, undercover police work, seduction, kidnapping and a whole lot of Cajun culture. It's the last that makes this book special and gives it the real Tabasco tang. Where else, after all, would you find characters named Roulin Lasseine, Ti-Ray Lajaune, Juke Charpentier, B.J. Duplessis, Minna Cancienne and Sheriff "Go-Boy" Geaux? So if you enjoy crawfish and shrimp and Dixie beer, not to mention good fishing, good ol' boys and good-looking women, you're in the right novel.
—The Washington Post