Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich
Bull Mountain is a secluded peak in Northern Georgia the Burroughs clan has ruled over for generations. Originally the family brought a sense of community to those living on the mountain, but over the decades things have changed. Moonshine, marijuana and now meth are created in the hills under the watchful eye of Halford Burroughs. But trouble is coming to the mountains in the form of Simon Holly of the ATF. Holly consults with the local Sherrif, Clayton Burroughs, about his plans to bring his brother Halford’s operations down. Is Clayton a man of the law? Or is blood thicker than water?
The chapters vary in time periods and focus. Numerous members of the Burroughs clan and a few others slowly reveal elements of the story surrounding the family and their business dealings. It should feel like a slow reveal, but it’s not. This is a quick paced tale set in a slow moving town. It’s an interesting mix. I would compare the author’s writing style with Ron Rash and other new southern authors. It’s a spare style, making the book shorter than expected, which is filled with great language, well constructed plotting and twists you don’t see coming.
I can’t wait to read what this author writes next.