better than I expected.
Note: This lists 1989 as the copyright, but this is a 2014 reissue of Burke's second novel from 1970.
Before he found fame with his long-running Dave Robicheaux series, Burke wrote this book about coal mining families in Appalachia. The son tries to get out, but is dragged about into a world of poverty, poorly paid, dangerous work, violence, and blood feuds. The setting is somewhat similar to both "Justified" and "Winter's Bone" and Burke's writing is suitably gritty and lean. Probably not for the reader new to Burke, this is a good, rare example of Burke working outside of the crime genre. And this may be heresy, but I prefer him to Cormac McCarthy.
One of JLB's finest. In the tradition of Cormac McArthur, he traces the fateful story of a young man from an impoverished Kentucky coal-miner family through the depression until he is able to finally make his own choices.
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