Code of the Forest


When Wade McNabb, publisher of the Georgetown Pilot, exposes high-level political corruption surrounding a chemical plant on the South Carolina coast, a powerful senator, steeped in the ancient code of the state’s insider politics, threatens to bring down McNabb and his newspaper.

Wade turns for help to Kate Stewart, a young lawyer who has left a large law firm for a fresh start on her own in Georgetown. These two fiercely independent souls form a wary alliance for the legal battle that follows. It’s a fight that shows them the power of connections – good and bad – to change their lives forever.

SKU: 978-0-9841073-5-3.

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Praise for Code of the Forest

“Smart characters appear at every turn of the story. . . . The book also recognizes the beauty of a fragile eco-system and the connections between personal and national histories. It celebrates the quiet crusader who believes ‘The truth shall set you free.’ [Buchan’s] knowledge of history, geography, and small town life in coastal South Carolina permeates the prose. ”

ForeWord Reviews


Code of the Forest is a novel that, once begun, is nearly impossible to put down. Jon Buchan tells a story filled with drama and compelling characters, including the ruthless but charismatic Senator Buck Ravenel, a villain you will love to hate. Jon Buchan is a gifted storyteller, and this book should gain him a large and appreciative audience.”

RON RASH, New York Times bestselling author


“With a sharp eye and perfect pitch, Jon Buchan unravels the Gothic politics that reside in the soul of the South. He reveals a great deal about law, love and life among the live oaks, as well as the power and influence that come from having ducks in your freezer.”

ALEX SANDERS, former Chief Judge, S.C. Court of Appeals


“Jon Buchan knows the law. He knows journalism. He knows politics. A riveting read . . . If you want to know how the South works, this novel is a good place to start.”

JOHN DRESCHER, Executive Editor, The News and Observer (Raleigh)


“Jon Buchan drops you into a story of smart journalists and lawyers having to make tough decisions. There’s a little romance, a lot of natural beauty and many cold beverages. Find a comfortable chair. Once you start this book, you won’t be getting up anytime soon.”

TOMMY TOMLINSON, columnist, The Charlotte Observer


“A captivating, fast-paced story of South Carolina insider politics . . .”

JACK BASS, author, historian and winner of the 2011 S.C. Governor’s Award in the Humanities


“A story of the human heart with characters who cannot stop until the truth sets them free. I had tears in my eyes when I finished. Buchan is a natural.”

NICOLE SEITZ, author of Beyond Molasses Creek


“If you’ve ever wondered how the Good Old Boy club works, this is the book to read. Buchan exposes the underbelly of South Carolina politics with the keen eye of someone who knows. He will hold you captive to the last page. This book is a gem!”


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Weight 1.222 lbs
Dimensions 9.26 x 6.5 x 9 in


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