For Every Action...
Lincoln Baker, born a ward of the state, has gone from orphan, to gang banger, to basketball superstar, to lifer at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in the space of eighteen years. During his prison term, he meets Panama X, a powerful and mysterious father figure who gives Lincoln a reason for living - he must assassinate Randy Lafitte, the sitting Governor of Louisiana.
There is an Equal and Opposite Reaction...
In order to force a pardon, Lincoln orchestrates the kidnapping of Karen Lafitte, Randy's only daughter. But Randy Lafitte is a man who built his fortune by resurrecting a family curse from slavery to kill his own father. A curse that may or may not have been responsible for his son Kristopher's death in the gang crossfire that sent Lincoln to prison for life. Randy will stop at nothing to save his daughter, even if it means admitting the curse is real. Even if it means committing greater atrocities.
Too bad for Anyone Stuck in the Middle.
Three days after Karen's kidnapping, an explosive cocktail of revenge, manipulation, serendipity, fate, truth, and redemption detonates throughout Louisiana. When the dust settles, the ending is as unexpected as it is illuminating. There are secrets sealed in our blood, you see. The best answers, as always, lie within.
I've written about this in several interviews, but Randy Lafitte's character came about with the question, what if ex- KKK Grand Wizard, David Duke had actually become Louisiana's Governor? This opening paragraph is an introduction of this powerful and deeply troubled character. It also introduces a regular reality for Louisiana politicians, Hurricane Season.
The Governor’s workspace was modeled after
the Oval Office. A brazen blue and gold state seal was embedded in
the center of the wall, behind an ornate mahogany desk. The words
UNION, JUSTICE, CONFIDENCE surrounded a spread-winged pelican
looking down on three hungry chicks. Below it, on top of a mahogany
credenza, prized pictures depicted Louisiana’s fifty-third
Governor, Randy A. Lafitte, holding court with the likes of sitting
President George W. Bush and his own personal mentor and
confidante, David Duke.