Praise for Code of the Forest

“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

“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!”

                                          MARJORY WENTWORTH, S.C. Poet Laureate

“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

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.

code of the forest

by Jon Buchan

2012, 362 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0984107353
$24.99 BUY NOW


2013 Benjamin Franklin Silver Medal Award

2013 Bronze IPPY - Best Southeast Fiction

2012 Gold Reader's Favorite 

Code of the forest

by Jon Buchan

Jon Buchan, a former South Carolina political reporter, is a lawyer with more than three decades of experience representing newspapers and broadcasters in courtroom battles. The N.C Press Association awarded him the William C. Lassiter First Amendment Award in 2000. This is his first novel.

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“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

“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