Pillars of Salt, by J. A. Adams
“Hearty backstories and a beguiling Louisiana setting enhance this compelling thriller.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“[A] strength would be the author’s reverence for the regional quirks. H.’s adventures take him through all the recognizable haunts of Cajun country which involve eating etouffee and boudin, drinking Community Coffee, and the drive over the Henderson swamp bridge.”
— University of Louisiana Press
Harvey Doucet, a reasonably good Catholic, would never have committed suicide.
His son, Harvey Jr. – H – knows this, so after Doucet Drilling causes the collapse of a salt mine and thirteen deaths, H searches for clues to clear his estranged father’s name. H and his father’s bodyguard, Placide, encounter dangerous cliffhangers, as the pursuers become the pursued. On the way, H exposes greed, fraud, and corruption, leading all the way to the White House.
In Pillars of Salt by J.A. Adams, we experience H’s journey from his original bitterness, angst, and cynicism toward his life and his father, to a place of appreciation and understanding of his father’s integrity. Maybe H will also discover the inherent goodness in people, even when the world seems to be circling the drain.