I am just looking for a novel I read from my local library 10 odd years ago, to be honest I don't remember the actual story, but I found it interesting and want to take another look.

All I remember is the evil guy (from memory) being a bloke named Cotton who lived in some colony and ate a lot of red licorice or something.. Something about wasps/mosquitos as well? (Unless he was a wasp?)

There was a female authority character too named Juru or Jira.

Sorry for lack of specifics, help would be appreciated.

  • it was definitely sci fi, it was from the sci fi section! – pizzaguy Dec 23 '16 at 5:27
  • Well, if the villain was a wasp.... – Adamant Dec 23 '16 at 5:33
  • mate i don't know, i know it sounds silly... i don't think he was a wasp – pizzaguy Dec 23 '16 at 5:34
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    What I mean is, you say it was in the sci-fi section of your library, but you haven't mentioned any aspect of the story that would classify it as sci-fi. Maybe it was mis-shelved? Happens all the time. – user14111 Dec 23 '16 at 5:58
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    @starpilotsix It crossed my mind that it might be an extraterrestrial colony. That's why I posted my initial comment, inviting the OP to clarify and expand on his description. To which he replied "it was in the sci-fi section". By the way, when I hear about "an alien that killed a bunch of people," I don't assume that the alien came from outer space. – user14111 Dec 24 '16 at 0:08

This is probably not the correct book (2014 so too recent, Cotton is the protagonist's distant cousin, only a side reference to red licorice), but for the sake of later querents The Boys of Blur.

Twelve-year-old Charlie Reynolds has no idea what to expect when he moves to Taper, Florida --- Taper’s beloved high school football coach, Coach Wiz, has died, and Charlie’s stepfather, Prester Mack, is going to replace him. Charlie can tell that there is something strange about this place, but can't quite put his finger on it until he meets Cotton, who tells him that this small town is filled with haunting tales about the sugar cane fields. Charlie begins to wonder if his encounter with an enigmatic man named Lio, the mysterious disappearance of Coach Wiz's body and the blood markings on the town church lend credence to the stories.

It ultimately turns out that there are zombies named "the Gren" in the swamps, governed by a swamp witch. Like I said, it's not a great match, but someone else looking for books set in swamps with characters named Cotton might be helped. :)

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