Lowcountry Boil: The Sam Larkin Trilogy Book 1

Lowcountry Boil: The Sam Larkin Trilogy Book 1

by Carl T. Smith
     
 

Lowcountry Boil is set in the lowcountry of coastal South Carolina. The novel explores the corruption and moral inequities in a small southern town. Not typical of the conflicts in so many novels of the small town South, Lowcountry Boil is a story of legal and personal conflicts, political intrigue and complex personal relationships played out by a colorful cast of…  See more details below

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Lowcountry Boil is set in the lowcountry of coastal South Carolina. The novel explores the corruption and moral inequities in a small southern town. Not typical of the conflicts in so many novels of the small town South, Lowcountry Boil is a story of legal and personal conflicts, political intrigue and complex personal relationships played out by a colorful cast of characters. Carl T. Smith combines lyrical writing and a compelling plot with strong characters—both men and women—to create a powerful novel that will grasp the reader until the final page.

Sam Larkin is an enigma. A high school dropout, he joined the Merchant Marine, later earned a college degree in biology and worked as an environmental officer in Louisiana until he was unjustly sent to prison by Judge Thornton Hunnycut, who has eyes on the United States Senate. Released under extraordinary circumstances after serving four years of a fifteen-year sentence, Larkin moved to Covington, South Carolina, to begin a new life teaching school and painting. He has set on a path of non-involvement and a search for peace, which is shattered when knowledge of a conspiracy of major proportions falls to him. Despite efforts to ignore it, he is ultimately drawn in.

Karen Chaney, working undercover for the federal government, learns of Larkin’s past and seeks to make him an ally in her investigation. Amidst a set of circumstances that include a questionable drowning, a corrupt school superintendent, two children whose lives are put in danger by an innocent discovery, a scandal involving bankers, lawyers, doctors and a law enforcement officer, a major conspiracy is exposed. During the course of the investigation, an improbable and impossible relationship develops between Karen Chaney and Larkin.

Driven by passions, fears and internal conflict, Smith’s characters will pose a number of personal questions for the reader.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013483224
Publisher:
River Oaks Publishing
Publication date:
12/06/2011
Series:
The Sam Larkin Series , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
482,135
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Carl T. Smith was born in Chicago, Illinois, but moved south at age two and considers himself a born southerner. Carl attended The Richmond Professional Institute of The College of William & Mary where he earned a BFA degree in Theatre and English. During this time one of his best college friends was Tom Robbins, author of Even the Cowgirls Get the Blues and a number of other novels. This meeting stimulated his interest in writing.

After spending years in professional music, theatre and education at the high school and college level and creating an entertainment management firm in Philadelphia, Robbins convinced him he should get back to writing, which he had started in college. In 1995 he moved to South Carolina where he wrote his first novel, Nothin’ Left to Lose, which received excellent reviews in Publisher’s Weekly and ForeWord magazine and was listed as one of the Top 10 Books by South Carolina Authors for that year.

Living on Fripp Island, where he received advice and encouragement from author Pat Conroy, The Prince of Tides and Beach Music, Carl wrote the first Sam Larkin novel, Lowcountry Boil, which won an IPPY award for suspense, was nominated for the Southern Independent Bookseller’s “Book of the Year” and The Southern Critic’s Circle Award for “Book of the Year”. Lowcountry Boil has been optioned for film four times.

Smith followed that success with the second Sam Larkin novel, Louisiana Burn, which also won IPPY and SIBA awards.

After leaving Fripp Island, Carl settled in Greenville, SC where he completed his third Larkin novel, Carolina Fire, which his publisher released as an EBOOK prior to its print release.

He has also completed an additional novel and is working on another.

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