Please join moderator Kathy Schultenover and the Parnassus Book Club for a discussion of Tom Cooper’s book The Marauders. Parnassus Book Club meetings are free and open to anyone. Buy the book, read the book and join the discussion!
When the BP oil spill devastates the waters of the Louisiana Gulf Coast, the citizens of the little bayou town of Jeanette scrabble desperately to replace their lost livelihoods. Among them is one-armed, pill-popping shrimper Gus Lindquist, who has nothing left to cling to but the dying glimmer of a boyhood dream: finding the lost treasure of pirate Jean Lafitte. Like a modern Don Quixote, the improbability of his quest only stokes his conviction. With his metal detector and Pez dispenser full of Oxycontin, Lindquist sets sail on his rickety shrimp boat into the savage wilderness of the Barataria. In the swamp, Lindquist meets a motley crew of characters on their own odysseys: Wes Trench, a young Cajun man estranged from his father since his mother died in Katrina; Reginald and Victor Toup, sociopathic twin brothers and drug lords; Cosgrove and Hanson, pothead petty criminals searching for a secret island in the Barataria Bay that could make them millionaires, or kill them; and Brady Grimes, slick-taking BP middleman out to make his career by swindling the townsfolk of Jeanette, among them his own mother. Funny, dark, scary, and compelling, The Marauders throws these characters on a rollicking, shocking collision course unlike anything else in fiction.