From Within • Intrigue On The Allagash • Book 11 in The Allagash Tails Collection

by Tim Caverly

Illustrations by Franklin Manzo, Jr

FICTION / ADVENTURE / INTRIGUE / POLITICS

“Reward your Friends, punish your enemies.”
                                                  — Maine Senator Flint Turcotte

Reporter Margaret W. James and her game warden husband are driving to their forest cabin. While negotiating a forty-five -degree turn, they suddenly meet a pickup traveling so fast it nearly sideswipes their truck. As the nearly out-of-control vehicle hurtles by, Margaret turns her head in time to recognize the red license plate of a Maine legislator. Inquiring as to the operator, her spouse explains, “That’s Senator Flint Turcotte, always a real scamp—even on a dusty Allagash road.” 

In this fourth book of the Ranger James Clark Saga, our investigative journalist follows a scoop that leads to the most hallowed of halls—the legislative Capitol of Maine. Once described as a petri dish of ‘wheels and deals,’ Margaret soon discovers late-night political schemes that hampers our State’s public servants-even reaching deep into the Allagash wilderness. 

Allagash Wilderness Waterway Supervisor James Paul Clark has sworn to uphold the laws of Maine. However, when a powerful legislator mandates a personalized style of backwoods enforcement, will Clark’s career become overpowered by politics? 

Senator Flint Turcotte is campaigning for the Office of Governor. Each day he strolls the halls of government passing a gauntlet of partisans seeking favors. As he hands out indulgences, Turcotte chastises any who disagree. 

Throughout the State bureaucracy, the Senator is convinced he has a team in place who will carry out his agenda ‘From Within’ to the highest rung of Maine’s political ladder. 

Or is it possible, he has forgotten someone who is willing to challenge the once accepted adage, ‘you can’t fight city hall?’


REVIEW:

From Within: Intrigue On The Allagash is the perfect book for a cold, snowy Maine day. It recalls paddles down Johnson Stream to Allagash Lake, with its campsites and caves and abandoned fire tower. It’s a good story, and as the pages turn, readers will get to know ranger life in the backwoods, the isolation, gas refrigerators and lights…a way of life too many never will experience, It’s a tough job protecting our resources, while always alert to the influence of weather, and unfortunately, politics.”  — A. Mark Woodward, Retired Editor, Bangor Daily News, March 1, 2022


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