by Tom Barbash
Nationally recognized urban planner, Jack Lambeau, has returned to his hometown in upstate New York a hero. Tasked with breathing new life into this dying, former industry town, Jack rallies citizens, politicians and businessmen around his brilliant and inspiring plans for a thriving renewal. But before the new boardwalks and lakeside apartments can go in, the decaying industrial sites surrounding the harbor must be cleared. Investigating a rash of wildlife deaths on abandoned farmland nearby, a local reporter uncovers a long history of illegal, toxic dumping and his revelations threaten to put an end to the town's last good chance for a new beginning. Exploring themes of loyalty, ethics and ambition, The Last Good Chance is a well-written pleasure to read.