Swallow Savannah: A South Carolina Story

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Bluff County, S.C. 1950

While Frank Finklea and his muckmates were sloughing trees out of the primal ooze, engineers in silver safety helmets stood off to the side drawing imaginary lines in the air. There was talk they were building the world s biggest bomb factory. That s why there was so much secrecy surrounding the project. The feds had bought up 300 square miles of rural South Carolina so it would have plenty of buffer if anything went wrong.

And there was plenty that could go wrong.

Finklea s survival instincts drew him out of the swampland to become one of the most powerful men in the state. As he ruthlessly built his empire, Finklea cared little for those he left in his wake: his trusting father-in-law, his beautiful, brutalized wife, his troubled mistress, and his gentle son. He gave no thought to the poor blacks he exploited or the neighbors he humiliated. Yet as time and the Savannah River flow through Bluff County, Finklea's sins were carried out of the swamps and into the open. In a single, violent day, decades of racial conflict and government corruption explode in South Carolina.

Swallow Savannah is the story of a rural southern community caught between one man's all-consuming ambition and the dawning reality of civil rights.

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About the Author:

Ken Burger has been writing a nationally acclaimed sports column for The Post and Courier in Charleston, S.C., for 20 years. His journalism career has also included stints covering business and politics, including two years as the paper's Washington, D.C., correspondent. Burger has collected some of his pithiest sports columns in a book titled, Life Through The Earholes Of Our Youth.

Born and raised in the small town of Allendale, S.C., Burger graduated dead last in his class at the University of Georgia, has been married five times, is a gratefully recovering alcoholic, a cancer survivor, and a happy man.

Swallow Savannah is his first novel.

Review:

Clean prose. Deep slime. Ooze and ahs for Ken Burger's riveting tale hewed from the backwoods and back rooms of a South Carolina he knows down deep. --GARY SMITH, senior writer at Sports Illustrated and author of Going Deep

Ken Burger has long been my favorite sports columnist and now has written a humdinger of a novel! It's got politics, treachery, rotten politicians and a swift moving plot. I think Mr. Burger is the first South Carolina novelist to explore the Savannah River country around Allendale and the bomb plant and he does it exceedingly well! --PAT CONROY, author of The Prince of Tides

I couldn't put Swallow Savannah down. The author is a legendary Southern Sports writer who has woven 30 years of South Carolinas unreported stories into a modern southern gem of a novel.

There are some fascinating subplots to this highly entertaining but complex tapestry of small town South Carolina. There's even a cameo appearance by Mickey Spillane - whose cold war hard boiled detective novels is echoed throughout this who-dunnit which is all the more powerful and devastating because there is no investigator. --reader review

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