Corruption and Intrigue in Post-Katrina New Orleans
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, greed and corruption plague New Orleans…
In this novel that begins eighteen months after Hurricane Katrina, corruption, racism, and the greed of organized crime plague an ambitious real estate development in a devastated minority neighborhood known as Bacauptown. The conflicting agendas of three resolute men clash as their paths intersect in this development.
Clint Johnson, Louisiana native and successful Baltimore banker, is beset by financial and marital problems from the stress of a severely autistic daughter. He commits a reckless act, putting both his personal and professional life in jeopardy. His path to redemption leads him into the vortex of the flawed development.
Joseph Pacello, an avaricious and racist developer who's become one of the wealthiest men in New Orleans, suffered severe losses from the hurricane. He borrowed from the mob to keep his business afloat and must close the financing for the development to pay the loan back. As the wizard behind the deal, he orchestrates bribes, bogus contracts, and political contributions to achieve his goals.
Reverend Clarence Washington, the charismatic black minister who conceived the Bacauptown project, must contend with the racism of Joe Pacello and the white community and fend off the greed of the black mayor and others who want only to enrich themselves at the expense of the neighborhood and people his God-given vision will help.
All three men lust after a beautiful Creole woman who has returned to New Orleans on a mission.
Aftermath is the engrossing tale of these three men—surrounded by a cast of vivid characters—whose paths become entangled in a complex and hazardous series of events from which only one man can emerge a winner.
Format: 6 x 9 Black & White Paperback, 354 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Sep 14, 2018)
Genre: FICTION / General