The Marauders: A Novel

By Tom Cooper

While the BP oil spill devastates the Gulf coast, those that made a residing by way of shrimping locate themselves in dire straits. For the oddballs and lowlifes who inhabit the sleepy, operating classification bayou city of Jeannette,  those determined situations function the catalyst that pushes them to enact no matter what dicy schemes they could dream as much as opposite their fortunes. on the heart of all of it is Gus Lindquist, a pill-addicted, one armed treasure hunter captivated with discovering the misplaced treasure of pirate Jean Lafitte. His quest brings him into touch with a wide range of memorable characters, starting from a number of small time legal potheads at risk of hysterical banter, to the smooth-talking Oil corporation intermediary out to bamboozle his personal mom, to a few drug smuggling psychopath twins, to a tender guy estranged from his father because his mom died in typhoon Katrina. because the tale progresses, those characters locate themselves on a collision path with one another, and because the pressure and motion ramp up, it turns into transparent that now not them all will live on those occasions.

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A knife. a few mace, at the least. “This position resides hell,” Grimes might inform his boss, Ingram, on his phone. “You’re the easiest man we've got. ” “Bullshit. ” “Sure you're. ” “I’m now not. ” “Well. ” “Jesus. Then placed someone else at the case. ” “The case. you're making it sound like a homicide secret. ” “The task, no matter what. Get another individual. ” Ingram let loose an extended beleaguered breath that Grimes used to be speculated to listen. “Nobody else desires to exit there. Everybody’s received households and shit. ” “There’s acquired to be a person decrease at the totem pole. How approximately Franklin? ” “Franklin’s spouse has breast melanoma. ” “How approximately Snyder? Get him on a aircraft. ” “He’s in Pittsburgh. ” “They have airports in Pittsburgh. ” “It’s his nephew’s bar mitzvah. ” “I’m commencing to hate those humans. ” “See? That’s why you’re there. ” Grimes darkened many doorways his first few weeks within the Barataria, and with every one moderate, with every one obscenity and probability the trawlers hurled his manner, his defiance and disdain grew. earlier than lengthy he discovered it wasn’t just some allegiance to his corporation, a few craven worry of wasting his activity, that saved him right here. He was once forced by means of a green with envy brinkmanship. a few feel that each one of this used to be a video game performed opposed to a gaggle of individuals whom he’d by no means loved and who had by no means cherished him. A long-belated comeuppance. Ingram sought after him to gather signatures? good, Grimes might assemble extra signatures than Ingram dared dream, such a lot of signatures they’d erect his statue within the company headquarters’ aviary. The trawlers and their households acknowledged they’d by no means signal? good, Grimes might hold knocking on their doorways and slick-talking on their porches till they relented, till they begged him to proffer his papers and pen. simply because Grimes used to be primarily else a realistic guy. Numbers: existence was once a video game of numbers. how much cash you had within the financial institution, what quantity of money you made, what percentage years you had left to dwell. Numbers murmured in his head in the course of the day. 3 extra signatures at the present time, 300 signatures this month, 2 hundred thousand within the reductions account, 100000 within the inventory portfolio. He did fifty push-ups within the morning, fifty sit-ups at evening. He had 3 pictures of bourbon on weekday nights, 5 on weekends. He ate beef as soon as every week, poultry 5, pasta and carbs merely on Sundays, a eco-friendly or crimson apple on a daily basis. to this point in his lifestyles, the numbers have been operating in Grimes’s desire. Recounting Grimes’s conquests sometime within the not-too-distant destiny, Ingram might say, “This son of a bitch,” and from the top of a baronial country-club desk may increase his snifter of cognac in Grimes’s honor. Beefy-faced businessmen with sharp grins and golfing tans might persist with go well with as Grimes sat again attempting to appear humble, inwardly basking in his glory. “Story? ” Ingram may proceed. “This son of a whinge? here? is going down there, to regardless of the fuck city, fucking city he was once born and raised in. They spit on his face and shit on his footwear. yet Grimes? ‘Sign the following at the dotted line. ’ This man the following. To his personal mom.

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