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  • "The Professor," by Robert Bailey - Southern Literary Review
    calm deliberate skills Drake lacks Thus out of these conflicts and contrasting personalities the characters of McMurtrie and Drake form an integral part of what makes The Professor work so well This is a book about people vividly drawn and fully realized overcoming obstacles within themselves as well as obstacles placed in their way by unscrupulous others Superb writing and engaging protagonists though are not the only things that make this debut so compelling This is a bam bam bam book as far as plot goes with plenty of action in and out of the courtroom In the opening chapters there is a horrific and fiery automobile crash betrayal suicide murder blackmail and enough suspense to keep the reader turning pages all night There s a good reason Winston Groom author of Forrest Gump and another Alabama writer calls The Professor g ripping from the first page to the last In a tightly woven plot that unfolds naturally in well paced scenes McMurtrie refers a former girlfriend from the days before his marriage to Drake for representation in a wrongful death action after her granddaughter daughter and son in law slam into a speeding eighteen wheeler and die McMurtrie recommends that she retain Drake in part because Drake grew up in the town where the lawsuit will be tried and McMurtrie believes in the home court advantage Yet McMurtrie also believes Drake can win the case and he wants to help the struggling lawyer The defendant trucking company s owner is an unscrupulous yet tough adversary who has the power to pervert the quest for hard evidence Drake and McMurtrie have to prove in a court of law what they know is true the trucking company had a consistent deliberate pattern of forcing its truckers to speed in order to clock more miles and make more money for the company Yet the trucking company s owner doesn t play by any rules which gives him an apparent upper hand in disposing of key witnesses and the paper trail of evidence Compounding the pressure on Drake and McMurtrie the trucking company s attorney is none other than McMurtrie s former friend who betrayed him and helped oust him from his teaching career The stakes go beyond money The plaintiff wants the world to know the truth about the accident that her family died because of a concerted greedy corporate plan that turned its eighteen wheelers into dangerous weapons McMurtrie wants to avenge himself against his former friend and later betrayer and he wants to help his former girlfriend Not incidentally he hopes to prove that even at 68 The old bull still has a little gas in the tank And maybe he hopes to get his job as a law professor back He definitely wants to help Drake and set matters right between them Yet in some ways Drake is the one who has the most at stake The YouTube of his shoving contest with McMurtrie painted him as an uncontrollable

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  • Alabama Football Archives - Southern Literary Review
    Saluda Reedy Rivers by John Lane with Photography by Tom Blagden Clay Bolt jon holloway and Ben Geer Keys Interview with Michael Lee West Contents Submissions In the Sanctuary of Outcasts by Neil White Allen Mendenhall Interviews Karen White Search the site Free Subscription Email Address unsubscribe from list powered by MailChimp Topics Author Profiles Interviews 108 Book Reviews 289 Conferences and Festivals 36 Contributors Bios 72 Essays 9 General 7 Grants and Contests 16 News Events 75 Read of the Month 86 Residencies 5 Southern States 1 Archives Archives Select Month April 2016 March 2016 February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011

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  • The University of Alabama Archives - Southern Literary Review
    His fiction can be found or is forthcoming in Apt The Moon City Review Bull Juked and other publications Filed Under Contributors Bios Tagged With Alabama Black Warrior Review Danilo John Thomas The University of Alabama Andy Johnson June 8 2012 by Andy Johnson Leave a Comment Andy Johnson was born in New York to parents from Arkansas During childhood visits to the family farm he learned about juke joints sweet potato pie 10 ounce soda bottles and hoodoo These days Andy is learning the fine art of motorcycle repair Andy graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing from The University of Filed Under Contributors Bios Tagged With Alabama Andy Johnson Arkansas The University of Alabama Top Posts Pages Web of Water Reflections on Life Along the Saluda Reedy Rivers by John Lane with Photography by Tom Blagden Clay Bolt jon holloway and Ben Geer Keys Interview with Michael Lee West Contents Submissions In the Sanctuary of Outcasts by Neil White Allen Mendenhall Interviews Karen White Search the site Free Subscription Email Address unsubscribe from list powered by MailChimp Topics Author Profiles Interviews 108 Book Reviews 289 Conferences and Festivals 36 Contributors Bios 72 Essays 9 General 7 Grants and Contests 16 News Events 75 Read of the Month 86 Residencies 5 Southern States 1 Archives Archives Select Month April 2016 March 2016 February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December

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  • "Isolation," by Mary Anna Evans - Southern Literary Review
    irritate the steady and quiet Joe Yet at a critical moment in the story Joe learns he can trust his father When Joe and Faye must race to stop the killer who has them all in the sights of a high powered rifle Joe leaves Michael in the care of Sly knowing his father will protect the child from danger While the domestic story plays big in Isolation this is not to imply there are no mysteries There are A complex layering of murder environmental transgressions genealogy and history all wound up in a ghostly kind of mist will keep any mystery reader avidly turning the pages And Cally s secret alluded to in her own words in the slave narratives at the opening of the book a secret protected for 150 years will prove a catalyst in both creating and then solving a key mystery The action filled plot focuses initially on the murder of Liz the woman who ran the grill at the marina Faye and Joe frequent Sly who had been flirting daily with Liz is a suspect mostly because he s a newcomer and an ex con Soon after Liz s murder someone tries to break into the home of another lady friend of Faye and Joe a lady Sly had just that afternoon taken fishing on a pleasant first date Once more law enforcement consider Sly as a possible suspect Even Joe has a moment when he questions Sly s guilt But when an attempted rape occurs close by on the mainland and someone appears to be stalking Faye on the island Joe and Sly combine their hunting and survival skills Protecting Faye is paramount to both men Complicating matters further Faye unwittingly punctures an ancient metal drum while randomly digging and releases a toxic chemical A team of county environmental agents gather on Joyeuse Island trying to isolate and identify the toxic waste Faye unintentionally discovered Oscar a man on a quest to find a missing ancestor who was a Union officer in the War Between the States seems hell bent on establishing that Cally Stanton was involved in a crime which happened some 150 years before He has enlisted the aid of Delia a beautiful blond genealogist someone Faye initially considers little more than a glorified tour guide Faye struggles to defend her great great grandmother Cally against Oscar s allegations and studies Cally s oral history again for traces of the old secret that links Cally and Oscar s ancestor While Oscar and the genealogist dig around in public records and search over Joyeuse Island a marina mechanic illegally dumps toxic waste into the Gulf and a marina businesswoman further implicates Sly in Liz s murder by giving a false statement to the law Faye whose native intelligence is often the tool that solves the mysteries is slow in getting involved due to her own grief Liz was her friend but instead of jumping headfirst into solving the crime Faye is still

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  • Isolation Archives - Southern Literary Review
    Lane with Photography by Tom Blagden Clay Bolt jon holloway and Ben Geer Keys Interview with Michael Lee West Contents Submissions In the Sanctuary of Outcasts by Neil White Allen Mendenhall Interviews Karen White Search the site Free Subscription Email Address unsubscribe from list powered by MailChimp Topics Author Profiles Interviews 108 Book Reviews 289 Conferences and Festivals 36 Contributors Bios 72 Essays 9 General 7 Grants and Contests 16 News Events 75 Read of the Month 86 Residencies 5 Southern States 1 Archives Archives Select Month April 2016 March 2016 February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August

    Original URL path: http://southernlitreview.com/tag/isolation (2016-04-27)
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  • Mary Anna Evans Archives - Southern Literary Review
    K Jason Leave a Comment Review by Philip K Jason Poisoned Pen Press 306 pages 24 95 hardback 14 95 trade paper This latest adventure of Ms Evans protagonist archaeologist Faye Longchamp has many centers of interest Faye is at work in the area where the Mississippi River empties into the Gulf of Mexico That is she is in Louisiana not far from Filed Under Book Reviews Tagged With archeology Louisiana Mary Anna Evans Philip K Jason thriller Top Posts Pages Web of Water Reflections on Life Along the Saluda Reedy Rivers by John Lane with Photography by Tom Blagden Clay Bolt jon holloway and Ben Geer Keys Interview with Michael Lee West Contents Submissions In the Sanctuary of Outcasts by Neil White Allen Mendenhall Interviews Karen White Search the site Free Subscription Email Address unsubscribe from list powered by MailChimp Topics Author Profiles Interviews 108 Book Reviews 289 Conferences and Festivals 36 Contributors Bios 72 Essays 9 General 7 Grants and Contests 16 News Events 75 Read of the Month 86 Residencies 5 Southern States 1 Archives Archives Select Month April 2016 March 2016 February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May

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  • "Cutting Loose in Paradise," by Mary Jane Ryals - Southern Literary Review
    helped and hindered in near equal doses by her strong willed yet loving and certainly spirited grandmother Grandma Happy a full blooded Seminole who talks to the Little People in the trees fixes healing teas and knows there is something wrong with the water in the most pristine springs in the area water that the locals drink As the plot is just heating up someone asks LaRue if she wants a beer She quips I stared at the hallway that led to Mac s room I d just stolen onto a boat he owned I d supposedly poisoned him several days ago I d just found out he kept iffy books Of course I wanted a beer Twists and turns and adventures and greed and crime and close calls follow all liberally dosed with wry humor and loads of gorgeous landscapes and eccentric people Convoluted relationships of love lust betrayal and blood add another dimension to the story There is more going on in Cutting Loose though than a twisty plot and intriguing characters and a dazzling sense of place Notwithstanding the development on the island that raises the locals cost of living it s the Deepwater Horizon oil spill better known as the BP oil spill which really threatens their way of life When a BP oil rig exploded in 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico oil gushed into the Gulf for 87 days and this story which dominated Florida and national news in the spring and summer of 2010 is accurately woven through the novel As Ryals writes We watched the news A fisherman was trolling the waters of Barataria Bay in his johnboat flashing on globs of oil on dying grass in Louisiana The fisherman was saying It s eerie quiet It s all gonna die You don t hear the birds You don t hear the shrimp pop in the water that li l splash This is my way of life This it s pulling everything outta my heart The BP oil spill works like a motif of environmental degradation and the impact and horror of the spill are never soft peddled Ryals clearly feels passionately about this environmental disaster Yet she does not preach and is not shrill in her writing The oil spill references do not dominate or erode the impact and mystery of the story Rather the BP spill enhances the suspense and fuels the plot and adds layers of angst and bravery to the characters What makes Cutting Loose a standout in an increasingly crowded sub genre the zany Florida environmental thriller is the deft and loving way Ryals writes Bright green eelgrass under the spring fed river swayed as if in slow motion A few bream swam past Above water the orange leafed cypress trees made islands in the middle of the river The Spanish moss draping them looked like ladies stockings drying languid in the sun Ospreys and even eagles soared over the swamp grass which looked like wheat spotted

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  • Cutting Loose in Paradise Archives - Southern Literary Review
    John Lane with Photography by Tom Blagden Clay Bolt jon holloway and Ben Geer Keys Interview with Michael Lee West Contents Submissions In the Sanctuary of Outcasts by Neil White Allen Mendenhall Interviews Karen White Search the site Free Subscription Email Address unsubscribe from list powered by MailChimp Topics Author Profiles Interviews 108 Book Reviews 289 Conferences and Festivals 36 Contributors Bios 72 Essays 9 General 7 Grants and Contests 16 News Events 75 Read of the Month 86 Residencies 5 Southern States 1 Archives Archives Select Month April 2016 March 2016 February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011

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