Ford Merrick lives quietly as a detective in a blinking, one-eyed Southern town — until a singular woman, Rachel Gunner, invades his office and makes a curious request.  Accepting that request sinks Merrick in the swamp of Rachel’s past, her smarmy uncle Wiley’s plans, and the sad, cat-attended death of a wealthy local woman, Jane Pemberley.  As Merrick sinks, he fights to keep his head and his heart together, to find his way back to solid ground.  Big Swamp mixes romantic comedy and noir in a love-hate ode to the contemporary South, its history, its small towns, and its odd characters. 

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