Bull Mountain

Bull Mountain

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[Panowich] pulls off [a] daunting undertaking with astounding success . . . The storytelling is mesmerizing, with virtually every chapter set in a different timeline and focused on a single character, but the sense of immediacy carries over into each era. And while the violence is shocking in its coldhearted brutality, it s as aesthetically choreographed as any ballet. Marilyn Stasio, "The New York Times Book Review"
Brian Panowich stamps words on the page as if they ve been blasted from the barrel of a shotgun, and as with a shotgun blast, no one is safe from the scattered fragments of history that impale the people of Bull Mountain. Wiley Cash, " "New York Times""-bestselling author of ""This Dark Road to Mercy"
"From a remarkable new voice in Southern fiction, a multigenerational saga of crime, family, and vengeance.
Clayton Burroughs comes from a long line of outlaws. For generations, the Burroughs clan has made its home on Bull Mountain in North Georgia, running shine, pot, and meth over six state lines, virtually untouched by the rule of law. To distance himself from his family s criminal empire, Clayton took the job of sheriff in a neighboring community to keep what peace he can. But when a federal agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms shows up at Clayton s office with a plan to shut down the mountain, his hidden agenda will pit brother against brother, test loyalties, and could lead Clayton down a path to self-destruction.
In a sweeping narrative spanning decades and told from alternating points of view, the novel brilliantly evokes the atmosphere of the mountain and its inhabitants: forbidding, loyal, gritty, and ruthless. A story of family the lengths men will go to protect it, honor it, or in some cases destroy it "Bull Mountain" is an incredibly assured debut that heralds a major new talent in fiction."
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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 163 x 234 x 28mm | 499g
  • English
  • 039917396X
  • 9780399173967
  • 1,602,119

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Praise for "Bull Mountain"
"Brian Panowich stamps words on the page as if they've been blasted from the barrel of a shotgun, and as with a shotgun blast, no one is safe from the scattered fragments of history that impale the people of Bull Mountain. From a conflict born of violence and loyalty, Panowich brings us a cast of remarkable characters who are linked by blood but severed by duty. This is a wonderfully rich and evocative debut novel that is steeped in both the history of Appalachia and well aware of the current challenges it faces."--Wiley Cash, "New York Times-"bestselling author of "This Dark Road to Mercy"
"Brian Panowich had me at the first word of his spectacular debut novel, 'Family, ' and he held me until the very last page. "Bull Mountain" is a sprawling, gritty, violent, tribal inter-generational crime epic with a deeply rooted sense of place and an gut-punch ending I didn't see coming. Expect to see "Bull Mountain" on the short-list of many 'Best First Novel' awards."--C. J. Box, "New York Times-"-bestselling author of "Endangered"
"Holy cow, what a book! It moves like a bullet. Mr. Panowich knows his mountains, his whiskey, his dope and his meth. And boy, does he know his characters, who are drawn so vividly I can't forget them. I can't recommend this novel enough--it will thrill fans of Daniel Woodrell and Larry Brown as well as fans of Dennis Lehane and William Gay. First rate, first rate!"--Tom Franklin, "New York Times"-bestselling author of "Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter"
"The gripping, witty "Bull Mountain" is not only a fine debut, but a fine mystery novel, period. Panowich may even have carved out his own subgenre of hillbilly noir. I can't wait to see what he comes up with next."--John Connolly, "New York Times"-bestselling author of "The Wolf in Winter"
""Bull Mountain" is a stone gas and a stone winner! It's brother-versus-brother in the dope-damned South. This first novel has it all: moonshine, maryjane and mayhem! Read this book now - and succumb to a startling new talent." -James Ellroy, author of "Perfidia"
""Bull Mountain" is a stunningly polished debut novel. Panowich's tale of family, of land, of crimes large and small, of right and wrong, is so vivid that the reader can almost see the blood in the soil and smell the violence on the wind."--Reed Farrel Coleman, "New York Times"-bestselling author of Robert B. Parker's "Blind Spot"
"The resurgence of American heartland noir gets a strong new prose soldier with Brian Panowich's debut novel "Bull Mountain," a tense, multi-generational tale of life on the hard side, a cops vs. bad guys story with subtly interwoven family sagas, romance and redemption. Panowich is a rising author to watch." --James Grady, author of "Six Days of the Condor"
"With echoes of Faulkner's "Sanctuary "and McCarthy's "No Country for Old Men," Brian Panowich's debut novel is Cain and Abel for a sticky South. Strong as bootleg whiskey, smooth as the action of a well-oiled pistol, "Bull Mountain" is a beautiful, harrowing debut--and so much fun, it ought to be against the law."--Aaron Gwyn, author of "Wynne's War"
"Dug into the landscape like a grave, "Bull Mountain" is a novel that resonates with a stirring combination of grace and brutality, of beauty and loss. In the Burroughs family, Brian Panowich creates a clan with all the fire and depth of Faulkner's Henry Sutpen storming through a Steve Earle song."--Steve Weddle, author of ""Country Hardball""
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About Brian Panowich

Brian Panowich was a touring musician for twelve years before settling in East Georgia with his family. He now works full-time as a firefighter. Bull Mountain is his first novel."
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3.97 out of 5 stars
5 29% (2,676)
4 45% (4,052)
3 21% (1,871)
2 4% (376)
1 1% (104)
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