A fun summer read, The Cajuns takes place in the 50's in a small town in Louisiana. The main characters all have funny "handles" for names and it can get confusing at first but if you stick with it, you fall in love with these people. They are all always hanging out, feeding off the latest gossip. The story centers around a sheriff, his boring marriage, a hot to trot female reporter who returns to her native small town from New Orleans and starts stirring things up, a corrupt Senator and his son who is a priest. The story line is that a young adolescent commits suicide by gunshot. And the investigation into the crime intrigues the female reporter as she pushes to have it investigated as a "crime" and not an accident. She just knows there's more to it. Mainly, the way they live and have their simple ways of doing things reminded me of the 50's in my hometown of Mt. Vernon NY. In that sense, this book is universal and well written. The plot is a bit exaggerated and includes some more recent topics sort of stretching it and applied to the 50's. But the smell of the pies,the barbecue, the flowers and the heat, the corruption and the greed just seep right through and makes this a page turner with a lot of charm. I recommend it.