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Article: The Wettest County in the World (book adapted as the film "Lawless")

Image from the movie Lawless adapted from the book The Wettest County in the World

The Wettest County in the World (book adapted as the film "Lawless")

The Wettest County in the World is a historical novel written by Matt Bondurant. Published in 2008, it was adapted into the 2012 film "Lawless" directed by John Hillcoat, and starring Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Guy Pearce, and Jessica Chastain.

The novel is based on the true story of the author's grandfather and great-uncles, who were part of a notorious moonshine gang in Franklin County, Virginia during the Prohibition era.

The book follows the story of the Bondurant brothers – Forrest, Howard, and Jack – who are the leaders of the moonshine business in Franklin County. The brothers are known for their high-quality moonshine and their ability to protect themselves from authorities and other rival gangs. However, when a new federal agent, Charlie Rakes, comes to town, the Bondurant brothers are forced to confront a new level of violence and corruption.

Charlie Rakes is a ruthless lawman who is determined to put an end to the illegal moonshine business in Franklin County. He uses any means necessary to achieve his goal, including extortion and violence. The Bondurant brothers are initially able to resist his efforts, but the situation becomes more dangerous when Jack, the youngest of the brothers, falls in love with a city girl named Bertha - the daughter of a local preacher who is against the moonshining business and Jack's involvement in it. 

As tensions rise, the Bondurant brothers find themselves in a dangerous and violent confrontation with Charlie Rakes and his corrupt law enforcement team. The novel depicts the brutal violence of the moonshine trade, as well as the struggles of the community during the Great Depression.

SUMMARY: The Wettest County in the World is a gripping and atmospheric novel that provides a vivid portrayal of a bygone era. The characters are well-drawn and the plot is fast-paced and suspenseful. Bondurant's writing style is evocative and poetic, adding depth to the characters and the setting. This novel is a must-read for anyone interested in the history of Prohibition and the moonshine trade, as well as those who enjoy a thrilling and immersive story.

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