When These Mountains Burn

When These Mountains Burn Review

Acclaimed author and "remarkably gifted storyteller" (The Charlotte Observer) David Joy returns with a fierce and tender tale of a father, an addict, a lawman, and the explosive events that come to unite them.

When his addict son gets in deep with his dealer, it takes everything Raymond Mathis has to bail him out of trouble one last time. Frustrated by the slow pace and limitations of the law, Raymond decides to take matters into his own hands.

After a workplace accident left him out of a job and in pain, Denny Rattler has spent years chasing his next high. He supports his habit through careful theft, following strict rules that keep him under the radar and out of jail. But when faced with opportunities too easy to resist, Denny makes two choices that change everything.

For months, the DEA has been chasing the drug supply in the mountains to no avail, when a lead--just one word--sets one agent on a path to crack the case wide open . . . but he'll need help from the most unexpected quarter.

As chance brings together these men from different sides of a relentless epidemic, each may come to find that his opportunity for redemption lies with the others.

Title:When These Mountains Burn
Edition Language:English

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    When These Mountains Burn Reviews

  • Debra

    Gifted storyteller and poet at heart David Joy has crafted a heartbreaking and harrowing tale of addiction, family, love, revenge/vengeance and chasing the high.Ray "Raymond" Mathis receives a call sa...

  • Carol

    If you haven't read David Joy yet, you are missing out - if you're a reader that appreciates unvarnished stories about family relationships, aging, economic struggle, characters who have been battered...

  • Zoeytron

    With wildfires ablaze in the North Carolina mountains, a deep haze of smoke hangs over the area below.  It's business as usual for all things drug related.  Junkies, tweakers, and addicts all seem t...

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ “There was something someone told me the other day that really struck home. They said everything in this world carries consequences. I...

  • Faith

    I didn’t think that this book was as wonderful as some of the author’s other books, but it is still very good. Although I am not all that fond of reading about drug addicts or dealers, I thought t...

  • Tooter

    5+++++++++ Stars. Best book I've read in two years. ...

  • Donna Davis

    David Joy writes some of the best Grit Lit published in the U.S. of A, and if you haven’t read him yet, it’s time to get started. This soaring, wrenching tale of addiction, community dysfunction, ...

  • Ellen Gail

    Now available! It’s 100% worth your time to get your hands on a copy.I’m nearly 30. I’ve been steadily reading for most of my life. The fact that there are still new and astounding books out the...

  • Eric

    If someone were to ask me to describe a David Joy novel, this is how I would try:I strongly recall watching my paternal grandmother prepare meals with her well-worn wooden rolling pin. It was so enjoy...

  • ? Sandi ?

    3.75 stars Thanks to Edelweiss and G.P. Putnam's Sons for allowing me to read this ARC. Book published August 18th 2020. I enjoy books by David Joy due to their grit and salt of the earth presentation...