A Deal On A Handshake

The Story of Wildcatting and the Search For Oil

by Linda Corley



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 02/02/2007

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 372
ISBN : 9781425982010

About the Book

The author’s 5th novel has topped her first!

While drilling for oil, wildcatters battle competitors and sabotage. A story of treachery, betrayal and treason - with rich sights and sounds of a unique place, alive with passion, dark with greed and desperation, this novel is an unforgettable reading experience.

Magical, bold and untamed, this is the story of an American wildcatter. A novel from the flat, red, dusty plains of Texas to the swamp lands of South Louisiana and the rich black oil pulsating beneath their surface. It is an eerie, feverish, delicate tale of Texas men and women and one man in particular, J.W. "Blackie" Corley, a patriarch who charmed his family to destruction.

With his wild recklessness, his magic touch, and his rash ways, J.W. was a born wildcatter, staking his life and livelihood drilling for oil in unlikely places. But oil would twist and break J.W. and take a price, finally, from his family.

Based on actual events.

About the Author

The author was born in Atlanta, Texas and raised in Golden Meadow, Louisiana on the banks of Bayou Lafourche near the Gulf of Mexico - one hour south of New Orleans.

For 30 years the author worked in the field of Human Services, mostly as a Mental Health Counselor and Social Services Program Director in the Houma area. She holds a B.A. in Psychology with graduate work in Psychological Counseling from Nicholls State University and a PhD in Human Services from Walden University.

Historical Fiction is her favorite genre. While her career has been focused on dealing with academics, her interests have ranged far beyond the classroom and include a love of the paranormal, science fiction, the exploration of space and the search for extraterrestrial life - along with some simpler pursuits such as genealogy and photography. The author lives in Houma, Louisiana with her 3 cats.

She is the author of five novels on the folklife and folklore of south Louisiana Cajun Country.   As a writer who indulges in the effort of what is glibly called literary fiction, and additionally labeled southern fiction, this southern author tells stories. She is concerned with Southern fiction as a form that is an expression of outlook and experience.

The author states, "I've been hearing that ‘you show stories.’ But people tell stories; they show things in pantomime or movies, but people tell stories. Southern Literary Fiction as a form and tradition has its root in oral story telling. It is a way of relating experience and interpreting experience.  More simply put, it is telling stories about people, their world, and what has happened to them, and what they think about it. Their world, as is my world, is the Deep South."