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When These Mountains Burn

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When These Mountains Burn by David Joy
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Aug 18, 2020 | ISBN 9780525536888

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One of Publishers Weekly 2020 Summer Reads

“Slow-burning. . . With memorable characters, deft plotting, and an attention to detail, Joy has written a powerful work of crime fiction.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Joy portrays his characters with unflinching realism. Creative turns of phrase and creative colloquialisms move the story forward and keep the otherwise disheartening subject matter full of thrilling surprises. As Southern noir-tinged fiction gains a well-deserved audience, Joy is one voice that never disappoints.”—Booklist

“[An] engrossing drama of violence and vengeance. . . Joy’s razor-sharp prose details disturbing, graphic images of brutality that begin when Raymond resolves to protect his son. . .  Joy handles everything with ease, proving himself to be one hell of a writer.”—Publishers Weekly

“Appalachian noir at its finest…Joy’s storytelling is top-notch (and not for the faint of heart), and you’ll find yourself turning pages deep into the night. But it’s his knack for capturing a sense of place that really brings the hammer down.”—Garden & Gun

“The story is fast-moving, the characters are richly fleshed out, and despite its gritty settings and subject matter, wraps up with a sense of redemption and hope for the possibility of better days ahead. Simply put, Joy is at the top of his game.”—Sylva Herald

“Revelatory . . . Indelible characters from every side of the law converge in this fast-moving story. As fine a piece of writing as you are ever likely to encounter.”—Lee Smith, author of Guests on Earth

“This is the sort of novel I love. No world wide conspiracies, or super crimes. Just flawed folks making bad choices, then having to live with the deadly consequences. David Joy has quickly become one of my favorite authors in the tradition of such fine novelist as Larry Brown and William Gay. Highly recommended.”—Joe R. Lansdale, author of The Elephant of Surprise

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