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When These Mountains Burn

by David Joy

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When These Mountains Burn by David Joy
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    Aug 2020, 272 pages

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David Joy's When These Mountains Burn explores the human cost of the illegal drug trade in Appalachia.

When These Mountains Burn by David Joy revolves around an illegal narcotics operation in rural North Carolina. When Ray Mathis retrieves his addict son, Ricky, from a drug dealer — again — he tells the man, "After tonight you don't have any more business with that boy… I don't care if he crawls in here begging, you don't have anything for him." Ray also makes it clear to his son that he won't bail him out again. Both Ricky and the dealer ignore Ray, which results in an epic battle between a stern yet loving father and a dangerous drug kingpin in remote Appalachia. Additional characters on both sides of the law become entangled in the story, including Denny Rattler, a junkie who wants to turn his life around but seems powerless to do so.

The author uses multiple plot threads to set up the action, focusing at times on the dealers and addicts, and at others on the law ...

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