Blue Green A Novel
Near the town of Tazewell, on the western edge of the Mississippi Delta, amidst vast fields of cotton and ponds of catfish, twenty-four-year-old Warren Pope manages the Paradise Catfish Farm. He befriends most of the locals and struggles with the Delta's lingering reluctance to cast aside the last remaining vestiges of social injustice. Pope's arch-nemesis, Chief Deputy Leo Abrams, doesn't appreciate the northern outsider and the two tangle in a suspenseful, action-packed sequence of events that could only happen in the backwood haunts of Mississippi.
The mud grips on Warren Pope's truck hummed as he headed west into the next heat mirage on Mississippi Highway 12. The flat delta road shimmered with wavy blankets of liquefying heat. Dazzling rows of waist-high cotton bordered the gummy blacktop. The bolls were unfolding, revealing tuffs of virgin white cotton in the dense, dark-green foliage.
Pope had been up since three in the morning. The plate lunch of greasy meatloaf, black-eyed peas, and turnip greens induced a desperate need for a short nap. Pope caught himself as he nodded off. He adjusted the AC to max and revved up the fan.
Keeping his eyes on the road, he wiggled the two-way radio mic from the steel clip on the dashboard and pushed the side button.
"Paradise One to Base."