--About the author--
Wells grew up on the banks of Bayou Black deep in South
Louisiana's Cajun belt. He got his first newspaper job as a
nineteen-year-old college drop out, covering car wrecks and gator
sightings for The Courier, a
Houma, La., weekly while still helping out in his family's
snake-collecting business. He left the bayous in 1975 and earned a
master's degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. In
1982, while a reporter for The Miami Herald, he was a finalist
for the Pulitzer Prize for a series of stories documenting how huge
reclamation projects built on behalf of agribusiness interests had
accelerated the degradation of the Florida Everglades. He joined
The Wall Street Journal the same year as a features and environmental
writer in the Journal's San Francisco bureau, writing about
topics as disparate as Utah polygamists and the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
He moved to London in 1990 as a foreign correspondent and was the
Journal's point man covering the environmental aftermath of the
Persian Gulf War. He is now a senior writer and features editor for the Wall
Street Journal's Page
One staff and lives with his family on the outskirts of Manhattan.
Meely LaBauve is his first novel.