The Marauders

The Marauders

by Tom Cooper


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"A little Elmore Leonard, a little Charles Portis, and very much its own uniquely American self. . .Tom Cooper has written one hell of a novel." Stephen King 

When the BP oil spill devastates the Louisiana Gulf Coast, the citizens of the bayou town of Jeanette scramble to replace their lost livelihoods. Among them is one-armed, pill-popping shrimper Gus Lindquist, who has nothing left but the dying glimmer of a boyhood dream: finding the lost treasure of pirate Jean Lafitte. With his metal detector and Pez dispenser full of Oxycontin, Lindquist steers his rickety shrimp boat into the savage Louisiana swamps.
Along his journey, Gus meets a motley crew of characters: 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, petty criminals searching for a secret that could make them rich, or kill them; and Brady Grimes, a BP middleman out to make his career by swindling the townsfolk of Jeanette, among them his own mother.
Funny, dark, and compelling, The Marauders throws these characters on a rollicking collision course that all of them might not survive.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804140584
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 11/03/2015
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 281,726
Product dimensions: 5.19(w) x 7.94(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

TOM COOPER has been published in dozens of literary magazines and journals, most recently in Oxford American, Mid-American Review, Gulf Coast, Boulevard, and Willow Springs. His stories have been nominated four times for the Pushcart Prize. He was born in Ft. Lauderdale, Forida, and now lives in New Orleans, where he writes and teaches. The Marauders is his first novel.

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The Marauders: A Novel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Ravenswood_Reviews More than 1 year ago
I have never visited Louisiana but I’ve often wanted to. Seeing the land on television and learning about it from such shows as Swamp People and True Blood, does nothing to truly show the kind of life the people of this great state live. After Katrina, there was so much devastation and a lot of people were put in the position of having to rebuild their entire lives. The BP oil spill was another devastation that caused families that relied on the waterways as their income to have to come to terms with moving into the lowest realms of poverty.  Tom Cooper’s book not only shows an in depth picture of the lives of some of these people in a fictional manner but it also contains a storyline that is suspenseful and somewhat horrifying. I would definitely put this novel on the level with the amazing works of Stephen King and others, though I would not compare this writer directly to King, as he definitely has a syntax all his own. True life horror and suspense is some of the scariest as we realize that this could happen to anyone. These characters lives are played out in vivid reality and this is easily one of the best books I’ve ever read. I’d give it 10 Ravens/Stars if I were able, but in the land of Amazon, 5 Ravens/Stars will have to do.  I received this book from the publisher for an honest and unbiased review.
Ronrose More than 1 year ago
A tale of life in the Barataria. After the oil spill by British Petroleum, a way of life that was centered around the bayous of the Louisiana Gulf Coast is thrown into chaos. Oil slicks, sludge, and even the chemicals used to break up the spill, spoil the life and livelihood of the people of Jeanette, La. Many people pull up stakes in search of greener pastures, but those who stay must find ways to eke out a living until the promise of renewal in the Gulf becomes a reality. Some turn to dishonest means such as the Toup brothers. These identical twins are of a like mind when it comes to making money. Their present scheme involves an out of the way island, lush with the growth of marijuana and the promise of easy cash. Some would turn to the ethereal promise of treasure hunting, like Gus Lidquist, submerging himself in the legends of Jean Lafitte and his supposed buried treasure that pervade the history of the Barataria. Some turn to the cause of their problems seeking relief, as Barry Grimes. A one time child of the bayous, he returns to his roots carrying the hollow promises and quick rewards offered to his hometown folks by his bosses in B.P. Still others like Wes Trench, estranged from his father, but sharing in the hope of continuing to squeeze out a meager living, hoping against hope for a return to normality. Book provided for review by Random House.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An interesting tale set in Louisiana after the BP Oil spill, looking into the oil spill's effect on local industries, especially shrimping. Well written and very entertaining. ~*~LEB~*~
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Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a different kind of book for me. It's about small town people who have suffered emotionally and physically through Katrina and are now suffering economically via their livelihoods through the BP oil spill. So, it's really about the people. The author has portrayed an in depth picture of several of the characters who were affected. You really get to know these people and feel for them. Some you like and some you don't. Some you just shake your head at and wonder how the heck they actually got so far in life. You kind of feel for them at the same time. I had no idea shrimping was such a hard job. So I learned a little something about that reading this book. Those guys driving down the highway with garbage bags full of marijuana in the back of their truck for everyone to see? I was pretty sure those two were headed for no good. They might as well had a banner "weed for sale". The author has done such a good job with the descriptions that there were times I thought I could actually smell the stench of dead fish and all the smells associated with being in a marina. I had heard a lot of good things about this book and I was glad that I was able to get a copy of it and read it. I would definitely recommend this to just about anyone. It's a story of humans and I think everyone would be interested in that. Huge thanks to Crown Publishing and Net Galley for a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago