Southern Discomfort tells the story of Masey Bumgarner, recently widowed, who returns from her summer vacation to discover that her town, Pineville, North Carolina, has decided to pave a four-lane highway through her front yard . . . without her permission or even sufficient advance notice. After consultation with her pastor, she decides to contest the location of this project in court. Along the way, her lawyer and his detective discover all sorts of shady dealings. Southern Discomfort chronicles the graft and corruption that is revealed in the court case--and the desperate acts of the proponents of the highway to keep the project on course. Along the way, there is a murder, a romance, and finally a wedding, in addition to the resolution of the court case. ""Southern Discomfort wraps itself around you like a blanket, then warms you from the inside out, as you find yourself in a rollicking good story where a little church and the Bible make occasional but unabashed appearances, as happens in the real world but not in many novels."" --James Howell, Senior Minister, Myers Park United Methodist Church, Charlotte ""Southern Discomfort has narrative suspense, a wide range of characters, and amusing dialogue. It's an entertaining story of a little old lady's fight against the dirty tricks of a political-industrial conspiracy."" --Christopher M. Armitage, Bowman and Gordon Gray Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Ben Witherington III is Amos Professor of NT for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary and doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University, and the author of over fifty books, including New York Times bestseller The Brother of Jesus. He and his wife Ann authored the seven popular Art West thriller novels for Pickwick Publications.