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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (82 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ken Wells Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Justin Pitre was born and raised on his grandfather’s Louisiana bayou, and he has made a promise to keep his family’s prized 500-acre property safe. But across town, Big-Tex oil bigwig Tom Huff and his company have major plans to cash in on the resources that lie below the bayou by ramming a dragline through the Pitre property. Justin and his fiery wife Grace go to all lengths to stop their bayou from being destroyed, but they might not know exactly what they’re up against.

Featuring a bayou boat chase, a burgeoning romance between the governor and a hotheaded young environmentalist, a sexy snitch, a kidnapping, and a fishing trip gone wrong, Crawfish Mountain showcases Ken Wells’ trademark flair for adventurous storytelling, winning characters, and a singular locale.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The plot’s many wild turns and feel-good ending may remind readers of Carl Hiaasen’s novels. Wells is a native of southern Louisiana, and his love of Cajun culture and its patois, food, and ties to the landscape shines throughout.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Hold on to your seat—Dick Hill’s going to take you on a pirogue ride that will rock you with humor and intrigue. He doesn’t miss a beat as he switches from Cajun patois to Southern accents, reels out the names of foods with piquant accents, and steers you through political chicanery.”


  • "Wells knows the lingo and rhythms of Cajun language and culture as only a native can, and his depiction of the lowlife Junior and his twisted psyche is gritty and humorous."

    Library Journal

  • “If you enjoy 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.”

    Washington Post

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alice | 12/19/2013

    " This book was great. If you know anything about Cajun life, you will get a real kick out of it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Valerie | 9/24/2013

    " A political, satirical pageturner about a serious subject - read for Bill's reading group at the time of the oil spill in the Gulf - totally unplanned timing but very appropriate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mary Kay | 6/20/2013

    " This book has it all - romance, suspense, environmental issues, gorgeous scenery & some really bad guys. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Fay | 6/12/2013

    " The author had a good story line with the oil companies versus the marsh. But, he over-did the Louisiana politics and the characters. The story was too far-fetched. "

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About the Author

Ken Wells is a senior editor for Portfolio magazine. He spent many years as a senior writer and features editor for “Page One” of the Wall Street Journal. A Pulitzer Prize finalist, he grew up in the Cajun enclave of Bayou Black, Louisiana, and now lives with his family near Manhattan.